How to 'shake the funk' while working solo

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Small business ownership is a lonely old game. Even if you have a team around you, chances are you’re still going to have to continually kick your own butt to get things done. It can get really tiresome.

Ruts or ‘funks’ as I call them are something that we all get ourselves into. Some more often than others, some deeper than others. There’s nothing wrong with a funk - maybe it's your subconscious or your body’s way of telling you you need a day off, or you need to change things up. Whatever it is, it's the DURATION of the funk that causes the problems.

Sometimes I let myself get in a rut so bad that after a week or two the only thing that can shake it is the utter dread of a looming deadline or realising how far behind I have let myself get and now the funk is replaced with sheer panic!

I have since (a few missed deadlines and late nights later) found a few things that work for me to kick the funk. I also put out to our community to see what works for you. Behold Our Top 10 Funk Busters.

  1. Where would you rather be? Ask yourself this. Have a look around and realise that you are doing exactly what you want to do. You’re in this business for a reason. There’s a reason why you didn't take the easy job instead. Reconnect with that why and find your energy levels and motivation lifting.

  2. Brain down! Find something brain dead to do. Slow down, pick of some tasks that feel good to tick off. Wash your tractors, go through your receipts, sweep out the shed, get the filing done, an office tidy, whatever it is. Take the day to give your brain some down time and attack tomorrow with some renewed vigour.

  3. Blow some steam. Popular amongst the RBC community was finding some way to get out and about to literally shake it off. Go for a run, go to the gym, dance like a lunatic, whatever floats your boat a jump on the trampoline, a lick run, a shower were all suggestions from RBC community members.

  4. Watch your company. Got some people around you that love to come to the pity party? Or are particularly negative? Take a break from them for a little while. Nothing drastic just make sure you are seeking out company that is going to lift you up not drag you down for the next few days. They say you are the average of the five people you hang around the most, so bat above your average for a few days ;)

  5. Bust some barriers. Have a think about your self talk and your self image. What are some things that you think are holding you back at the moment? Challenge that opinion - is that really true? What are some examples where you have proven that image of yourself is not justified?

  6. Declutter. A cluttered mess and a cluttered mind go hand in hand. Take an hour to get your workspace in perfect order before you set about your tasks and see if that can bring some new thinking.

  7. Eat the frog first. This one came up a number of times when talking to RBC community. Whether it was planning, scheduling in tasks, getting over the hump of that task you’ve been procrastinating on. We all agree there’s some freedom on the other side of a good task schedule and some unpleasant tasks being ticked off the list.

  8. Change of scenery. Getting out and about. Can you work from a local park or cafe for the day? Or find a co-working space? A lot of people agreed on the Facebook post that getting out and about can kick the funk to the curb. Whether that's changing the work environment or getting along to a networking event that you think you don't have the time for.

  9. Phone a friend. If you’re in a rut, it might be a good time to touch base with your mentor or a friend thats great to bounce ideas off. For some even meeting someone new gives a jolt in the motivation stakes. Schedule a call or ask for that coffee. It could be what reduces the time your funk hangs around for. It's tough working solo without that sounding board. Seek it out.

  10. Planning. Last but not least planning. If you can’t shake that feeling of not getting anywhere, maybe try cracking out the Business Model Canvas and your 90 Day Plan and get some goals down on paper. Realigning with what you are working towards always works for me. And it kills two birds with one stone - you are revisiting your planning and goals as well as clarifying your priorities to kick any rut.

Any of these work for you? What do you find works best to get back to your productive and motivated self?

Fleur AndersonComment