Some days, I'm on fire, I can get a million and one things done, cross off my checklist and feel like I'm on top of the world. Some days, I don't feel like doing anything but laying in my bed and binge watching Supernatural (again), if that even. Motivation is such a tricky rabbit, coming and going whenever it pleases. When I talk to my clients, or other artist friends, one of the main questions or problems they bring up is staying motivated on their craft or product. While I'm not a motivational speaker or coach, I try to give them advice that I abide by because I know the road can be rough as an entrepreneur. Self affirmations and positive thoughts may seem like a corny, over used spiel, but they do work. Getting over that mid-day hump can be tricky, but when you think about what you're working towards, that magic can come back to you in ways you never imagined. And sometimes, it doesn't and you have a lull that you feel like you can't get out of, and that's okay too. But know that your work matters, and you matter, and sometimes if you can't get up and do something right them, it's okay to take a break. Reflect on your journey and appreciate the little things.
We all know what time management is. We hear about it. see all these techniques that are supposed to make us better at it. but at its core, what is time management? Are you working to make your schedule fit too many things at once? Are you happy trying to balance out things that aren't really meaningful? Are you really stretching yourself too thin to begin with? When I talk about time management with my clients, a lot of times they come right out and say how busy they are, and how hectic it will be for us to fit meeting times into the schedule. What I've come to learn is that I need to reassess everything I was trying to spend time on and determine if it was worth it, or if I was just concerned about the face value of the situation. When I started breaking down the things I really wanted to do, versus those that did not hold much weight, or could be better communicated, I started managing my time better. Also, even though it sounds tedious, writing things down helps. Even if it's short hand, you'll save yourself some headaches by jotting down simple reminders or notes that are important. Once you develop that system, you'll stop focusing on how busy you are, and start enjoying the things your actually doing, realizing that there's more than enough time in a day.