The work slump is something we are all familiar with, but when you work alone, it’s even harder to shake off the feeling. For me, it usually looks like a ‘meh’ attitude towards everything. From freaking out about the amount of work to do to not being able to get anything done. If you’ve ever experienced anything similar, here are my tips for doing a T-Swizzle and ‘Shake It Off’.
Remember why you started
At the beginning of this new venture, you were probably full of energy and excitement. But with the rose-coloured glasses removed, you realise just how hard it is to work by yourself. There’s no one to share the workload with or hold you accountable. Making a list of why you started, why you wanted this life and all of the good things that have come with it, are one way of attempting to reignite that spark.
Evaluate what your life looks like right now
How busy are you? Is there any structure to your day? Do you have set working hours or is it all a bit of a blur? Our CEO, Scarlett, recently shared how she stays organised here, but essentially: have a plan. Make a list of everything you need to do. Start with the jobs that are quickest and easiest to do. I prefer to start with those jobs as I find by ticking them off my motivation increases and my mind isn’t worrying about all of the other things I need to do.
It’s okay to shift gears
Maybe the reason why you are in a slump is because this isn’t what you actually want to do. If that is the case, try something new, we are allowed to shift gears. However, if you do have obligations to others, get those done for any deadlines and then spend time on your work. Spend the mornings on obligated work and the afternoons on your own work so you have something to look forward to.
If you’re still struggling to switch your frown upside down, why not listen to some TED talks? There’s nothing quite like seeing how well other people in your industry are doing to show you that you can do it too.