All you have to do to discover that you aren’t alone in having personal and organizational momentum derailed during the pandemic is scroll through social media. We can’t stay here. What do you do to get moving again when you don’t feel like doing a thing?
Here are some things that help me:
Remember the reason you started. Think back. Why did you begin this journey? Chances are the passion you had when you started to do what you do and to help others with it is still there. Focus on the original vision and where you want to be a few years from now. Sometimes just that is all you need to get the boost.
List and review your goals. Setting goals can help keep you motivated. Keep a list of daily, weekly or monthly goals on your computer or on your desk, along with small steps you can take to realize these goals. Small steps keep you encouraged. Start with the most important goals first. Make sure your goals are reachable and under your control. Making goals about things and people over which you have no control is demotivational.
Celebrate your wins. Do this personally and with your teams. Celebrations don’t have to be elaborate. They can be as small as a grateful social media post, a newsletter mention, or treating yourself/your team. Doing something unnecessary that makes you happy leads to great morale and motivation. Make sure your team gets recognized and appreciated.
Researchers say 70% of employees say they would work harder and be more motivated if their contributions were noticed and appreciated. Celebration and the resulting affirmation does wonders for your spirit and the motivation of everyone. Don’t let them go unnoticed.
Identify bad habits. This doesn’t mean being critical and judgmental of yourself or anyone else. Most bad habits are unconscious. Just honestly observe and write down your observations without judgment. The goal isn’t to make you or anyone else feel worse about bad habits but to help you take more control over your behavior and your time by eliminating habits that waste time and energy. Experts say that taking control of your time is one of the most motivating things you can do.
Take care of yourself and encourage your team to do the same. In times of low morale and motivation it can be especially difficult to exercise, get a full night’s sleep, and practice mindful eating. However, you’ll never get moving forward without significant life impacting changes. When you take care of yourself, you think more clearly and are more productive. Give yourself and your team members a morning or even a weekend off when needed.
Expect challenges. Challenges are all a part of doing anything that matters. It’s how you react to those challenges that impact your success and momentum. Expect and embrace them. take them one step at a time. The more challenges you face and overcome, the stronger you and your team will get, and the more motivation you will have to keep the momentum going.
Confront your fear and doubt. A period of slowdown is typically hard on our belief. All entrepreneurs have felt fear, self-doubt, anxiety, and stress throughout their careers. Instead of allowing fear and self-doubt to dictate your decisions, simply recognize that these feelings exist and then move on from them. You can’t let what MIGHT happen take control over the here and now.
Delegate. If you want to truly move forward, you have to be willing to let go of handling some tasks yourself and delegate them to others. It will help you be motivated by relieving stress and it will help your team by getting an opportunity to learn something new and stretching.
Cultivate a healthy person/persons to be your venting and accountability place. You need someone who has nothing to gain or lose by your work performance to hear your frustrations and reflect back to you honestly where you are being realistic or petty, and to help you stay grounded with clarity.
You started this for a reason—get going and make sure you finish strong!