You know the lyrics to that old song “Won’t you take me to Funky town?” Well I’ve been there and would rather stay away. I don’t think anyone likes being in a funk, but it happens to the best of us. You’re low on energy, have to force yourself to get anything done, and just don’t feel quite as enthusiastic about what you’re doing as you do when you’re in a groove. You know that feeling when your business motivation has just got up and gone?
This feeling of funk (or funkiness if you will) can be even more difficult when you’re self-employed; because you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, motivating you to get back to work or work harder. As a business owner, you’re it. That drive has to come from within you.
The good news is that when you’re experiencing a funk, be it in your business or your personal life, there are lots of things you can do to pull yourself out of it and get your business motivation back. Today, I’m going to share some of my own favorite funk-busting tips.
Get out of your space. One of the best things you can do to get out of a funk is to change your scenery. Go somewhere else, but get out of the space you’re used to working in. Whether you grab your FitBit and go for a 20-min walk or you grab your laptop and head out to work from the library or a local coffee shop, getting away from your own familiar walls and into a new space can make a world of difference, both in your mood and your focus.In a funk? Can’t focus? Maybe your body is telling you it wants you to take a break.Click To Tweet
Identify your “happy” object. What puts you in a good mood as soon as you see it, hear it or think about it? Listening to an old Sting album? Building space ships out of Legos? Playing with an Etch-A-Sketch? Coloring in your favorite childhood coloring book? Playing guitar? If you have a physical object that brings you happy memories or can put you in a state of happiness, either put it in your office so you can see it, or go somewhere you can use it for a period of time. It might take just a few minutes for your brain to recognize you’ve given it a break; and then you’ll start feeling up to your usual self again.
Connect with People. This is especially important for those of us who work from home; because it’s far too easy to squirrel ourselves away, not talking to human beings for days on end. Call someone. Find another adult to talk to. Whether this is calling your sister, meeting someone for coffee (or lunch or happy hour), attending a business mixer, or booking tickets to a conference … get around someone else. Sometimes that’s all I need to help me unfunkify!
Meditate. Don’t roll your eyes at me! Meditation doesn’t require you to go to Bali and stop shaving your legs or grow a beard. For me, meditation is spending time in prayer. For you, it might be as simple as going into a quiet room, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for five minutes or so. It’s like a time-out for grown ups. And the time you take to reconnect your body and your brain can be quite energizing. Go ahead and try it! If you’re not sure how to start, there are all kinds of free apps to guide you through a process that’s just right for you.
Take a break. If you can’t focus, maybe that’s your body’s way of telling you it wants you to take a break. This would be the perfect time to check your schedule and see where you can carve out more time for yourself. Now, and on a regular basis.
Business motivation can be an illusive little bugger at times, but there is a cure! These are just a few of the things I’ve done to help me get out a funk and motivated to get back to doing what I need to be doing. Can you add to this list? What do you do when you’re in a funk and need to get out?
Also published on Medium.