Joining the world of entrepreneurship is exciting, overwhelming, enlightening and terrifying. Often, you go from being in a nine-to-five job with stable income, to working for yourself and having to rely on just you to ensure you can pay your bills. No one covers your sick leave, or your holiday pay, and only you are responsible for yourself.
Many people at some point in their life will experience entrepreneurship ideas that offer a sense of excitement. Could you make it work? What would it mean for your financial future? Who would you become once you start as an entrepreneur? There are many things to consider before you take the step, but once you do, you will find yourself on an exciting, albeit challenging path.
One of the most challenging aspects of being an entrepreneur is dealing with writer’s block. As with anything, when you’re not feeling motivated, nothing gets done. However, the difference between standard lack of motivation and writer’s block as an entrepreneur is that your employer would still pay you for being at your place of business. If you aren’t putting pen to paper as a writer, you don’t get paid.
Therefore, it’s important to always have ideas up your sleeve for when you find yourself lacking motivation or fresh ideas to get content written down. We’ve listed four ways to improve your daily productivity which can ultimately have you showing writer’s block the door.
Set up a routine
To effectively show off your entrepreneurship skills on a daily basis, you must be willing to work hard. While it’s tricky getting used to a home office with just you and a pet cat for company, it’s important that you get into a routine immediately. What that routine includes is entirely up to you, as you know your working habits better than anyone else.
Does it help you to rise out of bed early and get started with work before the sun rises? Or do you work much better with a mid-morning start? Or, do you reach peak productivity at night time? Before you begin on your new career path, have a good think about your habits. Knowing which part of the day gets your creative juices flowing will enable you to avoid the writer’s block as much as possible.
Equally as important, however, is mixing things up! Routine, after a while, can get dull. This is especially true in the case of entrepreneurs who are creative and needed to be surrounded by creativity, as well. Don’t be afraid to try different routines and switch them up occasionally.
Establish a healthy diet
When you begin on your journey from structured work to something as flexible and as challenging as entrepreneurship, it’s important you establish a healthy diet. Think about it, when you work in an office environment, your meal times are very structured. You can get up in the morning and eat a healthy breakfast, eat morning tea at 10am, lunch at 12pm, afternoon tea at 3pm and dinner at 6pm. Your routine is very much set in stone, and your body is used to, and appreciates a clockwork diet. You generally have enough time to prepare a healthy lunch and snacks, and you can even head down to your local café for a nutritious bite to eat.
That can all change once you start working from a home office – or even a shared space. While you may try and keep to the same diet, it can inevitably change. No one is telling you it’s time for a break, and no one is around to pull you away from your desk. You may find yourself working through breaks, and eating less is a possibility. The result? A slower metabolism as your body fights to keep its weight, potential weight gain, and problems with your attention span. If your stomach is empty, you aren’t able to focus as clearly, and your mind can begin to wander. You feel less creative, and your work suffers. The flow on effects of missing out on a sandwich are quite scary!
Take regular breaks
Any entrepreneur will tell you that the secret to their success is not working themselves into the ground. While it’s true that hard work can take you places, hard work doesn’t necessarily have to mean long hours. You just have to use your time wisely, and ensure you’re at the top of your game 100 percent of the time. The way to achieve this is with regular breaks. It may seem like working long hours enables you to get more work done, but that work might not be to your high standards. Because you aren’t allowing your brain to take a break from the computer screen, the words flowing from your hands might not necessarily be your best work.
In fact, if you were to reread past content you had put together during a high-stress time, could you say, with hand on heart, that you couldn’t have done a better job? A stressed, over-worked brain isn’t able to let your creative juices flow properly. Therefore, the best way to achieve 100 percent accuracy in anything you do, is by taking quick, regular breaks that allow you to get back to your desk with a fresh mind and a new outlook on your projects.
Be a part of a group
Many entrepreneurs work from home, and this works for them. But how many of them can honestly say they don’t, at some point, get lonely? It’s not only the loneliness that can cause a writer’s block either, it’s the lack of people around you to bounce ideas off. Remember when you were in an office environment and you were stuck on something, like a word or a sentence that just didn’t flow? It was easy to ask your coworker what they thought, and come up with something better. Without people to bounce ideas off, you become lost in your own processes. You also don’t learn anything new.
Therefore, it’s important that you immerse yourself in the world of other entrepreneurs. Join a group – either virtually or physically – and find a gathering of people like you who you can work with to reach a common goal. It will not only help your work, but it will help your mental health as well.
When you have writer’s block, or you’re struggling with motivation, there are ways to get through. How did you learn to work through a loss of creative juice? Was it tough? Share your ideas with us!