No, you’re not failing: it’s natural to feel uninspired every now and again. But that doesn’t mean it has to be the new normal – there are a number of ways you can regain your creative energy if your business is making you tired.
In this article I’m going to touch upon some of the reasons why you might be feeling sluggish when it comes to your business, and how you can regain your spark.
During my university gap year I worked in a bakery. I was hired as a weekend casual, and by the end of my first month found myself working full time. I was managing orders and deliveries, training up staff, and setting up the shop every day. It was hard work, and for a while I was really good at it. And then, suddenly, I started making mistakes. I became bored. I’d learnt everything I needed to learn, and instead of growing and pushing myself I simply switched into boring old autopilot.
We need - especially as entrepreneurs - challenges and obstacles to overcome. While having a well-oiled machine of a business sounds like a dream come true, the truth is that perfection is often boring- we need directions and goals. We can only enjoy the view from the top of a mountain for so long until we start itching to climb another one.
If you’re feeling unchallenged you should consider upskilling in a way which might benefit your business, or expanding that business in a new direction. There’s always something you can learn! If you’ve been outsourcing a particular service, for instance, consider taking a course to help you better understand it.
Maybe you’ve only just reached the top of the mountain. You have all the skills you need, you’re not yet looking for new challenges, but you’re in a rut.
It could be that what’s draining your energy is your schedule, or your work day, or your working environment. We often become complacent and accept things as they are, but we don’t need to.
If you’re feeling stuck, look for ways you can change things up. Reshuffling a schedule, furniture or office space can sometimes be all it takes to regain your enthusiasm. Make your space your own, and own your timetable.
Everything is chaos! Nothing is working! This was meant to be fun but it’s miserable!
If your business has fallen victim to last minute organization, a confusing business plan and a rushed system take a step back. There’s no reason why you can’t simply reorder things in a more sensible way. While it can be hard to change things once they’ve been set into motion, building up from a shaky foundation can make everything feel uncertain.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the way things are going, change them! Ask for input and help when it comes to streamlining, and get rid of any unnecessary complications.
You’re lacking focus.
Maybe you’ve been working for years and everything is fine but you’ve forgotten why you’re there in the first place. It could be that back when you started your business you had a clear goal and a focus, and now you’re on your way and things are getting a little fuzzy.
If you’re feeling detached there’s a simple solution: revisit the way you used to feel! Grab some paper and a pen and jot down the process you took when it came to starting your business. What inspired you? What were you feeling at the time?
Writing down your original goal can help put your current work into perspective. You’ve got this!
It’s like they say: you don’t change the whole house just because a lightbulb is broken. If your business is going well and you’re simply bored, a few simple changes can be all it takes to get you back on track.