I originally wrote and posted this blog at the end of August in 2014. I always get a kick out of reading old blogs. It's interesting to read about what I was thinking of at the time, and how much my mind frame has changed since then. Although I've changed jobs, clients, routines, and my hair color since 2014, finding the motivation to make the most out of every day is something that hasn't changed.
I can say from firsthand experience that being an entrepreneur comes with a certain territory, a certain level of expectations, and certain personality characteristics to be successful, which include these top three:
2. Excellent time management ability
Of course there are more on the list, but in my personal and professional experiences, these top three characteristics are what have helped me become a successful entrepreneur. You might think of others. Some also believe that entrepreneurial characteristics can be taught, that they can be learned through experience and education. On the other hand, some also believe what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur lies within inborn personality characteristics, and in both strengths and weaknesses.
What do you think?
Furthermore, each personality trait (positive and negative) plays a part in our behavior. It affects how we work, what motivates us, and how we succeed as entrepreneurs. For example, some are motivated by rewards or incentives, some are motivated by advanced opportunities, and others are motivated by social acceptance and personal feelings.
All in all, regardless of who you are, what you do, or how you learn and work, there is one thing for sure: Being a successful entrepreneur means making the most out of every day. Of course there are going to be those "slump" days or weeks, or those mornings when it is tough to get out of bed, and when it's tough to get anything done. You don't feel like making that phone call, or running that errand or going to that appointment, sitting in that meeting, or spending another waking minute staring blankly at your laptop or tablet screen.
As a fellow entrepreneur, here are some things that I found to help me stay on the right track and stay productive to get the most out of every day.
Start the day off right. Setting the tone for the day can truly make a difference. This could mean getting up early, taking the dog for a walk, or having a good breakfast, exercising, checking email, and mentally preparing for the day. One fellow entrepreneur told me that she spends the first 1 to 2 hours each morning on her business. This doesn't mean client projects or checking email, but rather on building her business.
Whatever gets you going in the morning, focus on that and make it your goal to start off every day that way.
If you struggle to get up early each morning, then find out what motivates you to get out of bed. Set your alarm on your phone to your favorite song. Set the coffee timer. Leave motivational post-it notes by your bedside. Whatever motivates you to get out of bed, make it happen.
Get organized. A little organization can go a long way. If you are a super organized person, then this one should be easy for you. If you aren't an organized person, then this one might take a little work. Spend some time each morning organizing your day. Some entrepreneurs claim they can’t focus until they feel organized, whether that is mentally or physically. Maybe this means organizing your work space, or cleaning up your cluttered email inbox. Even just spending a few minutes getting organized each morning will give you that little boost of accomplishment to set the tone for the rest of the day.
Live for the Night... If you are more of an evening entrepreneur than a morning entrepreneur, why not spend the evening before planning for the next day? This may mean leaving a to-do list before you leave the office, organize your work space for the next morning or reading something motivational before you go to bed.
In fact, studies have shown that the information or activities you complete the evening before can actually stay in your mind, even convert to knowledge, and the output is creative ideas the next morning.
Of course, we can’t control it all…but as entrepreneurs, we try to. However, there are always going to be obstacles, challenges, and just things that go wrong or that screw up our planning for the day. We can’t always avoid them, but we can choose to learn from them and just make the best out of them.
Each and every entrepreneur has his or her own personality, working, and learning style and ways they go about business. The key here is to find out what makes your entrepreneurial mind “tick”, and how to go about boosting that to make the most out of every day.