We’ve all seen the movie Groundhog Day where the same day repeats itself over and over again. Whether you love the movie or not, it does raise a great point for me about repetition and whether I have a varied life or not.
When I think about why I wanted to work for myself it was all about being my own boss, taking care of my own financial future and not having to do the work to home routine every day!
But how do you keep yourself from falling into that Groundhog Day trap?
5 Ways to Avoid Groundhog Day Meltdown
#1. Be Flexible in Your Work Day
We all know what we need to do each day/week/month but that doesn’t mean that we must be strict about the way we plan our week.
For example, I woke up early this morning and decided to light the fire, put on a movie and start writing my blog post while still in my PJ’s. For some that would be horrifying that I am not at my desk and getting stuck into a ‘normal day’.
But that’s why I love the way I work because I get to be flexible and choose how I work and when.
#2. Make Sure You Get a Change of Scenery
Working in the same space all the time can get very boring. If you have ever worked in an office cubicle, then you will probably relate to this.
When you work for yourself you get to change all this and choose where you work each day.
You could work from your bed, your sofa, a home office, the local coffee shop or hotel – you decide what you look at each day.
Maybe you would enjoy the experience of meeting new people at a shared working space.
#3. Do More of What You Love
If you are doing something that you love, then it will never feel like Groundhog Day to you. We all know when we are doing something on our to do list that we like that it never feels like work.
So, guess what? Do more of the things you enjoy and less of those you don’t.
#4. Outsource the Stuff You Hate
Some of those things you hate to do still must get done when you own a business. So why not outsource them?
If you don’t like doing your accounts, then find a bookkeeper.
If you don’t like Social Media hire someone to do it.
There is no need to suffer on doing repetitive tasks when there are so many service providers out there offering to help for a relatively small fee.
#5. Commit to Change
If you wake up in the morning and aren’t excited to start working on your business, then commit to making some changes.
I know we don’t bounce into work every day, but these should be rare occasions.
If there are a lot more bad days than good days, then look at what you are doing and see how you can restructure it.
Get some help to analyse your business model and see where you can make it work better for you.