A new season has arrived.
As a business owner and social entrepreneur, this usually means finding motivation and getting focused enough to share inspiring and encouraging messages from deep within the crevasses of our life pump.
However, I’ve noticed that many people in the world changer space are also struggling to remain focused on healing the world, as they all too often come across and are affected by the hurts, pains, and fears of the very world they’re trying to change. You see, there’s a tug o’ war struggle between giving yourself for the healing of others, and taking time to refuel your own love tank. That is typically the place where we get stuck which leaves us unsure what the next step is and how we should go about taking it. So, how do we move from analysis paralysis into action mode?
Here are 3 ways to get passed being dazed and confused and through the productivity blues:
Whistle while you work.
You don’t have to be a fan of fairy tale songs to give this productivity hack a try. Listening to certain types of music can enhance your ability to focus on the task at hand. I personally love many genres of music. I can switch from Led Zeppelin to Lauren Hill and then Tupac to Shania Twain without a second thought. But I’ve found that when I really want to concentrate and mark off my to-do list over on Asana, Baroque music does it for me. There have been several studies done that point to the positive benefits listening to classical music has on the brain. If you’re feeling distracted, pump up the jams and let that creativity flow.
Get inspired like an artist.
I love TED and TEDx Talks. When I feel super unmotivated, I tune in to hear some inspiring stories and antidotes for daily living. In a TEDx talk, Dr. Bertice Berry once said, “When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” I love quotes like this because I am reminded that when I am distracted, I am not purposely walking closer to my desired outcomes. The first time I heard it, I figured I’d take a walk to change my scenery. I knew she didn’t necessarily mean ‘go take a walk’, but I find walking in nature does a body and mind good. There’s tons of inspiration right in your own backyard. The point is simply to get present and notice what’s in front of you and not be bogged down with anxious thoughts that keep you from being productive.
When I take time to get present, I can then start to ask myself the important questions and break down why I’m feeling so lackluster, to begin with. I then write down my reflections in a journal to get them out of my head. I find out what I’m avoiding, why I’m avoiding it, and look for ways to rekindle my interest.
Go back to the basics.
One of the many reasons we feel unmotivated is because all we see is a huge project and forget that it can be broken down into smaller tasks. One ongoing project that many of my colleagues lose mojo over is marketing. It’s hard to market your own business because all you want to do is heal and help. However, how can people receive a gift if they don’t know it’s there to be received? There are also so many ways tools to do this or that it gets overwhelming at times.
Personally, I tend to go back to my foundational marketing principles when all the shiny social media toys glitter instead of glistening like gold. I remember that behind every company, every brilliant campaign is a person. I network like an introvert and don’t feel guilty about my quiet, but mighty, disposition. I reach out and connect with people the good, old-fashioned way; heart to heart. I reach out for a chat and I listen. Connecting with people on an intimate level reignites my passion, and helps me remember my “why.”
When you remember your “why,” you have a guiding principle to help you reestablish that your goals can actually be the consistent activities, rather than the most grandiose ones which drive you closer to and better position yourself to realize your intentions and reawaken your desires.
As you carry out those activities you will find the motivation to do more, and eventually, you’ll want to do more in an optimal way.
Productivity blues will be a thing of the past.