It’s Tuesday, but it feels like a Monday. Your get-up-and-go, got up and went. You have lots to do, but are struggling and not getting much done.
We’ve all been there.
As entrepreneurs, we ride the roller coaster of ups and downs. Some days we jump out of bed, and some days we wish we could stay under the covers.
So, what can you do to jump-start your energy? Here are five suggestions to help you get your mojo back:
1. Call a friend or colleague
Sending a text or instant message is not the same as talking on the phone or having a video chat. One study I read concluded that texting was the same as no connection at all because it doesn’t trigger the release of bonding neurotransmitters like a phone call does.
If you’re having a tough day or need a good laugh, reach out to a friend or colleague for a quick phone call or video chat. This can be particularly effective if you work alone.
2. Step away from the laptop
I think all professionals are prone to surfing the interwebs or jumping on social media when we want to distract ourselves. If you realize you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of social media, perhaps you need to step away from the laptop completely.
Go for a walk or run. Leave your home office or coworking space for 30 minutes without your phone. You’ll come back fresher, and maybe even with a great idea or two. I always get the best ideas for blog posts or marketing copy during my walks.
3. Shake a tail feather
It’s almost impossible to sit still when your favorite song comes on. Whether you’re a toe tapper or a disco diva, a dance break can be super energizing.
If you don’t have a go-to song, you can go old school like we did when I was part of a year-long mastermind group. Our theme song was “2 Legit 2 Quit” – and it’s still one of the best mood boosters I know.
If you’re anxious and find yourself taking shallow breaths, this can actually increase your anxiety. Instead, go sit somewhere comfortable and do your favorite mindfulness practice or breathing exercise for 15 minutes.
It you don’t have an existing practice, there are apps for this, like everything else. A simple search will yield all sorts of interesting options. Pick one that grabs you.
If you’re really wound up, I can’t recommend “box breathing” enough. It’s an incredibly simple technique where you inhale, hold your breath, then exhale, then hold with your lungs empty – all for the same count. I count a slow “one, two, three, four” in my mind during each of the four sections. The trick is not to rush any of the parts. They all have to take the same amount of time.
It’s so simple and effective – and you can do it anywhere!
5. Cook something
Cooking is a meditation for me. The chopping and browning and measuring ingredients keeps me fully engaged and in the zone. An added bonus is that it fills the house with great aromas.
My roommates used to walk into the kitchen at lunchtime and say, “That smells great! What are you avoiding?”
They were aware of my avoidance technique, and happy to join me for a delicious meal when it was done.
However, once I had the pot on simmer, it was easy for me to whip through a few items on my to-do list, knowing that I would be taking a break to eat something tasty in a bit.
Often, my soup or stew project was a great way to kick off a productive second half of the day.
There are occasions when doing something else can recharge your battery and give you a second wind. Sometimes, a short break can bring your mojo back, and enable you to kick butt the rest of the day.