When you go into business for yourself, you are now responsible for holding yourself accountable. What this means is that you must now organize your goals, structure your work days, and ensure everything gets done efficiently and on time. A lot of people find it difficult to discipline themselves. After all, if you’re working out of your home, there’s no one to get you moving except yourself.
This is why it is so important to know your mission. Why are you doing what you’re doing? Follow your vision, the dream that got you started. Working to make money is important. But doing it for only that reason will surely lead you to an inevitable burnout. Stay passionate about what you do, constantly reassess your goals and motivation, and always make sure your business days are organized so that you’re making enough time to take care of yourself, too.
Working constantly and not taking a break to eat or even breathe is not how you want to operate. That being said, I would like to share one of my methods for keeping myself focused.
The Vision Book
My vision book is similar to a vision board; I put the intent behind my business into this book, fill it with journal entries, goals, successes, and even failures. I used a regular sketchbook. I don’t focus on failures. Instead, I focus on what I have learned from my mistakes and how I can improve things in the future.
We aren’t perfect, so we’re going to make mistakes. But my vision book helps me assess these mistakes and make plans on how to avoid making the same mistakes in the future. My vision book keeps me organized, and I also like to record inspirational things, such as notes from happy clients.
The most important thing my vision book does is:
It reminds me of why I am doing what I am doing.
If you find yourself panicking, and ready to give up, journaling about it, thinking positively, and focusing on your goals in a vision book can help you boost your morale.
Why do you write? Why are you in business for yourself? What’s important to you?
These are essential questions to ask yourself, and certainly, the power of mulling over it in a similarly creative fashion can help you answer those questions.