When you run a small business or are dealing with a busy or uncertain time in life, there are days when it’s hard and you just want to build a blanket fort and live there with ice cream (for me talenti gelato) and watch all the Netflix. This year, for me personally, has been a really hard that at times the stresses of life has spilled into this business.
While I love designing and blogging, there have been times when I wanted to quit. I had to come up with some ways to keep going even when I’m on the struggle bus. Here are 5 quick and easy things I’ve done to help me get through and keep going.
1. Take a break
Whether it’s a snack break, dance break or a treat yo’ self shopping break, giving yourself a break always for the work can give you some time to refresh. Get away from your desk and give yourself a break.
2. Phone/Text a Friend
Call one of your close friends or business bestie and share your struggle or challenge at the moment. Sometimes hearing a different perspective or just some encouraging words can go a long way and keep you motivated.
3. Check Your Fear
When a project or a issue we’re dealing with gets hard or uncertain, it can easily stir up fear. Take a minute to do a gut check write out what scares you about this project or issue at the moment. By acknowledge your fear don’t let fear to stop you. Look at your fear as a way to embrace the challenge and uncertainty and keep going.
4. List Your Successes or Gratitude
Whenever I’m struggling or I always go to gratitude. When we express gratitude it shifts our focus from negative to positive. Take a few minutes and create a victory list of business successes or good things your want to celebrate about your business. If what you’re dealing with isn’t business related make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. I can’t tell you how many times just journaling my gratitude has caused my mood to shift.
5. Shift Your Focus
There is something about a change of scenery that can help you to keep going when you want to quit. If you can work in a different space in your home or work at a coffee shop for the rest of the day. Another way to shift your focus is to pause your current project and tackle some other quick and easy task that you need to get done.