by Alice Seba
Marketing Manager, AllCustomContent.com
There’s nothing worse than suddenly feeling your motivation deflate like popped balloon.
Heck, it just happened to me a few moments ago and then I decided to write this post.
I had a number of things planned, but kind of felt overwhelmed by it all…so I asked myself to step back and just do one thing. That one thing was the list I am about to share with you.
And hey, after doing this, I feel motivated to keep things going today. I hope it might produce similar results for you when you need it…
22 Things to Get You Motivated and Publishing/Writing Again
1. Take a walk, exercise or participate in some physical activity. It’s good for your body and your brain. I often work for about 2 hours and then go for a nice brisk bike ride or take a yoga class before getting back at it. It does wonders for clearing my head and figuring out how I’m going to tackle what’s next.
2. Write it all down. Often when we’re unmotivated, we’re overwhelmed. We have too many ideas and too many things on our plate. Write it all down and figure out what’s important and what’s not.
3. Execute one thing at a time. Once you know what’s important, get it done…one item at a time. Multi-tasking will just bring you to overwhelm again. Do on thing at a time and do it well.
4. Stop being such a slave driver. Forgive yourself when all your tasks don’t get done and realize that some things are just tasks and busywork. Keep in mind what’s really important and focus on those things.
5. Be accountable. Find accountability partners and share your plans and goals with others. It can be very motivating to say it out loud so others know what we plan to do.
6. Take time off when you need it. If things just aren’t going right and you can’t put yourself back on track that day, don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes it’s okay to just walk away and refresh.
7. Schedule your days, even if you hate schedules. I’ve never been one for schedules, but realized if I wanted to balance family, business and grow, I’d have to get organized. A schedule doesn’t mean you can’t be flexibile, but at least you’ll know where you’re going and when you’re going there.
8. For specific tasks like writing or publishing, work in blocks of time. For example, if you’re planning content topics, give yourself 30 minutes to write down anything that comes to mind. After 30 minutes, go back and see which ideas are good ones. I’m sure you’ll find plenty. Do the same when you sit down to write or publish. Tell yourself you’re going to do X for X minutes and just do it. You can correct and refine things later.
9. Listen to music. Music can be very motivating. Personally, I don’t listen to music while I’m writing, but others swear by it. Music comes into play for me when I am coming up with new topics, product launch content ideas, etc. Experiment and see how music and what types of music might motivate you.
10. Get a change of scenery. If you find motivation working on the back deck (like Lynn Terry often does), do it. I like getting out of the house and heading to a coffee shop or restaurant. I get lost in the sea of background noise and avoid the distractions of home.
11. That’s what VAs and kids are for. Do you have content you’ve written, PLR or something from a ghostwriter that is waiting to be published? Ask your VA, your kid or someone else to do it. If your kids are old enough, it’s a great learning experience and cheap labor too…especially if your kids work for ice cream or something easy like that. 😉
12. Do the profitable stuff first. If you already know something is working, put your focus there first…then work on the new and experimental stuff. You’ll feel more motivated to do it after your accomplishments with the tried and true stuff.
13. Reward yourself. Treat yourself after you accomplish your tasks. It can be something as simple as your favorite coffee, in your favorite chair and a new book or a trip to the beach with the kids. When you’ve done a good job, you deserve good things.
14. Employ volunteer or paid guest writers. Who says you have to write all the content or put your name on it? Guest bloggers or authors or a great way to get content published with zero effort. Hire or enlist someone to write regularly, so you can stay motivated and focused on more important business tasks.
15. Hire a ghostwriter. If you’re looking for more control over the content created for you and how you can use it, you can hire a ghostwriter to get things done for you.
17. Use Time-Saving Tools. Use a plugin like Speedy APLC Publisher to load content quickly to WordPress. Or if there are other plugins and tools you like, make use of them!
18. Scan Headlines. Check out the headlines of your RSS feed, a news site or magazine for inspiration.
19. Failure is Good. Remember failure is simply a learning experience for doing better.
20. Avoid Distractions. Unless you’ve given yourself permission to take the day off, avoid those things that veer you off track. Social media, TV, cleaning, etc…whatever it is that is your distraction weakness.
21. Surround Yourself with Positive People. Are there negative people telling you that you can’t achieve your content marketing goals? Shut them out, where possible, and connect with positive people instead.
22. Be Positive. You can’t always control the people around you, so even more important than surrounding yourself with positive people, be positive yourself. Negative thoughts will almost always defeat you, so keep them positive instead.
Don’t let a slump get you down. Take stock of what you’re doing, what you hope to accomplish and move on from there.