Once the weather starts to change and the temperatures start to heat up, business owners from all walks of life start to have something in common: they start to lose the motivation to work on their business! And without motivation, there is no such thing as “productive.”
If you find this happening to you, there could be any number of different reasons behind it. You may have been working hard all winter and are ready for a break; people tend to socialize more in warm weather so you may have a bunch of weddings, parties, reunions, and other gatherings coming up; and if you are a Mom, whatever time you had to work on your business during the rest of the year can easily slip once the kids get out of school for summer….
Trust me, I understand all of the situations I mentioned above… but I also think it’s important to understand that what you do in your business today will affect it 3 months down the road.
Throughout the month of June, I’m going to be sharing some tips to help keep your productivity on track this summer.
Why You Need to Stay Motivated
You may be able to take some time off and not see any problem at all…. Depending on the type of business you have, you may be able to coast all summer long without working much, but sooner or later, you will see a decrease in your profits.
And what happens in September when you suddenly see a huge dip in your income? It’s going to take a good 3 months to build it all back up so you’re going to be working hard all the way till December, and in the meantime you’re struggling to buy school clothes, holiday presents, etc, etc.
The big lesson of the day is to do your best to keep working in the summer – even though there are other things you’d rather be doing!
Setting Goals for Your Summer Productivity
It’s important to set goals within your business. You will probably want to have long term goals that you work on throughout the year, as well as short term monthly goals.
As you write out your goals, make sure that they are attainable and give them a deadline. Without a deadline, they’re just “wishes.”
Keep track of your progress and reward yourself accordingly. As hard as it may be, try not to “give in” to the reward until you actually achieve the goal.
While you are working towards your goals, stay accountable to someone. This could be a family member, a business friend, a business coach, etc. Just let someone know what your goal is what you are working towards.
This simple action can help motivate you BIG time. Eventually, that person is going to ask you how you are progressing and you definitely want to have good news for them when that question comes up. No one wants to admit that they aren’t working as hard as they could be!
Your assignment – Find a biz buddy and ask if they want to be accountability partners!