Expanding your small business can involve a lot of work and long hours. After long periods of 60-hour work weeks bearing a multitude of responsibilities on your shoulders, staying motivated and excited about your job can get challenging. After all, unlike the owners of large, established companies, you may be responsible for taking care of tasks that you're not passionate about, such as bookkeeping, until you have the funds to outsource tasks.
How do you keep you and your staff inspired enough to stay productive every day? Here are some of the most effective ways to encourage inspiration, enthusiasm and high-quality work when tasks start to get tedious or challenging.
Establish small, reachable goals
It's good to have long-term goals to keep your small business on track. However, these far-off goals may not be effective at ensuring motivation on a daily basis, especially when there's a particular task that you don't love doing eating up your time and enthusiasm. When you set goals that apply to each specific day, the end will be in sight, which means that working hard will pay off quickly. Your small achievements will also collectively assist you in meeting your long-term goals.
The same goes for keeping your staff motivated to reach larger goals you've set for your small business. For example, instead of assigning your marketing team a specific quarterly number to achieve regarding traffic to your company website, provide them with monthly or weekly figures so they have short-term goals to reach.
Make time for breaks
Most experienced business owners would recommend making time to go to lunch or even take a quick walk or two throughout the day. Even if you feel like you may not have time to leave your desk, taking a couple of breaks will keep you alert and productive. Reserving time for yourself when needed goes hand in hand with establishing a healthy work-life balance, which is crucial to maintaining your mental and physical well-being.
Establishing a set time for breaks will also reduce the chances that you will procrastinate. After you've returned to work after a lunch break away from your desk, you'll have allowed your mind to drift to places that aren't work-related. This may enable you to see certain problems or tasks from a difference perspective and find solutions that you may not have thought of if you had spent that time pressuring yourself to stay focused.
Get your staff excited
If you aren't motivated, your staff is going to notice. Employees will find it challenging to remain inspired and you'll have a hard time getting your company to where you want it to be. Sometimes all it takes is providing your employees with small incentives for reaching goals or doing good work to show them that their hard work isn't going unnoticed.
When your funds allow, offer a couple of employee perks, like gym membership discounts or snacks in the break room, to make your business a more attractive and enjoyable place to work. This will also remind staff members that in addition to wanting to see your business grow and succeed, you're also invested in helping them progress in their careers.
Learn to become a good delegator
Knowing when to delegate tasks is important. As a small business owner, you may feel that you want to take care of everything yourself to ensure projects are done right. However, it's important that you're putting trust in your staff members and allowing them to take on the activities that you don't have time for. Handing down certain projects and responsibilities to your employees will make them feel trusted and valued.
Don't try to fit everything into your schedule, as this will end up burning you out and decreasing your motivation. Another beneficial aspect of delegating some of your responsibilities is that you can hand off the tasks you don't love to do to employees who enjoy tackling them or have more experience with them.
It can be difficult at times to stay excited about your company's progress when things get overwhelming or monotonous. Use these tips to ensure that you're staying motivated, effectively leading and inspiring your staff and making the most of every day at work.