Sure I’d rather lie on the beach all day too! If your business is on vacation throughout the summer, you can plan for a lousy fall season.
Summertime. Beautiful sunrises, fresh air, sunny days, gorgeous sunsets. Who could possibly work inside when it’s so inviting outside? Staying motivated can be challenging, no doubt. Follow these five tips to help you ensure your business doesn’t suffer this summer.
1. Work outside whenever possible.
Take your iPad or laptop outside. It can be difficult to see the screen if the sun is blaring so sit under an umbrella at the picnic table. Do you need to sharpen the saw? Read a great motivational or how-to book while at the beach. Need to make some a phone calls? Step out on the deck to talk. Prepare a mailing or label catalogs from your lawn chair. The more often you allow yourself to be outside, the less you’ll be longing to be out there.
2. Early to rise.
Get up a little earlier than norm so that you can hunker down and work for four hours before the children wake or before it gets too beautiful outside. That way you will have already put in a half day of work and you can play outside for a chunk of the day.
3. Barter with yourself.
Trade time off for work accomplished. Tell yourself (or your children) that if you work x-number of hours, first, then you can have equal amount of time off to go to the park, pool or other fun summer activity. It’s child-rearing 101, “Clean your room, then we can go to the beach.” Do some work first, and then you can have fun in the sun.
You don’t need to be super mom and do everything yourself. The benefits to outsourcing are many. This summer work smarter, not harder. Perhaps now would be a good time to hire a VA and delegate some of your workload. That way you can spend time working on the bare necessities and relax while other needed, but not vital duties are in the capable hands of a virtual assistant.
5. Deal with it.
Deal with it? You’re, thinking, “What the heck kind of advice is that” right? Well, what kind of businessperson are you? Are you a fair-weathered entrepreneur? Or when the going gets tough, the tough get going? Think of it like exercise – you may not always want to do it, but you know it’s necessary. Instead of longing for what you don’t have (time outside in the sunshine) consider what you do have inside: A fabulous business that is important to you; air conditioning (maybe or at least a fan!); skin that is not getting sunburned and wrinkly; no mosquito bites, and support from your fellow home based business owners!
Enjoy the summer; it’s hard to be disgruntled when the sun is shining! Stay focused; stay motivated; stay safe; and most importantly have some fun while you’re at it!
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. – James Dent
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About the Author: Laurie Ayers is a Michigan work from home mom and a Superstar Director with Scentsy Wickless Candles. She enjoys helping men and women start and maintain a home based business in the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Germany, Ireland, UK, France, Austria and Spain. To download a FREE Start Up Guide which provides more details about how to start a home business as well as to learn about our compensation plan go to www.thrivingcandlebusiness.com/how-to-start-a-candle-business/