What to do when you have an off day in your business.

What to do when you have an off day in your business.

Nobody has a great day in their business every day. Truthfully, most days may feel like a struggle. But, then there are those days when you just down-right aren’t motivated, nothing is working like it should and you become overwhelmingly frustrated. The harder you try, the worse things seem to get. What should you do when you’re having a day like that?

Get out of the office for a while.

Many times, all it takes is a 30 minute break away from your work environment and a breath of fresh air to help you refocus and tackle your day that is going so poorly. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Go grab a coffee out somewhere.
  • Take a 30 minute walk.
  • Take a 30 minute nap. I’m not a huge proponent of napping, but I find that my workday doesn’t go well if I’m lacking for sleep. A 30 minute snooze may be just what you need to get recharged.

Work on something completely different.

Habitual procrastination is the downfall of a lot of business owners, but temporary procrastination can be valuable. It’s those tasks that we really dislike doing that can be the force behind our terrible day. If you’re struggling to make progress on a particular task, don’t waste your time sitting there stewing over it or staring at the walls. Turn your focus toward something else completely for an hour, especially if it’s something you like doing in your business. A few ideas:

  • Take time to set or review your goals.
  • Practice creative thinking for your business using the ‘Twenty Ideas” exercise.
  • Try implementing something new in your business that you’ve always wanted to, but never got around to doing it before.

The key here is accomplishment! We’re more motivated to tackle tasks when we have a sense of accomplishment.

Just leave for the day.

This suggestion will make most business owners cringe. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sit still when I’m not working and know I should be. If there’s something that needs to be done in my business (which there always is) or if my wife is hard at work and I’m not, I feel guilty about not working. So, I open up my laptop and pretend to be busy. We have a stigma in our culture that if you’re not busy 24/7, you must be lazy.

Sometimes, your terrible day just won’t get better. This is what I call a “lost” day. Don’t fight it, just leave for the day. Go do something you enjoy. Most importantly, take the day (or even half day) off and don’t feel guilty about it. There’s two ways to look at it: you can either take the day off, get nothing accomplished, enjoy yourself and recharge your energy or, you can stay at work and get nothing accomplished and further your frustrations. Which one do you think will lead to a better work day the following day?

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