Building a successful internet marketing business means showing up, day after day. The problem is that no one can be motivated 100% of the time. There are days when you get bad news from the doctor. There are days when the sky is blue and you’d rather jump in the car and hit the interstate to take a roadtrip.
There are the days when your other responsibilities have to take priority (like when a loved one is injured or healing from surgery). Or maybe, like me, you have days when you feel like a turtle and you just want to stay in your shell.
So, how do you recover from these days? Once your rhythm is thrown off, it’s hard to get back to ‘normal’ and start working on your business again. Here’s what always helps me…
Remember that you’re not behind.
Awhile back, I was subscribed to emails from FlyLady. She helps people organize their households by sending out daily tasks. But what I loved was that at the end of each email she’d say something like: “Remember, you’re not behind. Start today.”
I loved that because it was like it didn’t matter that you hadn’t been following along for the past few days. She was inviting you to start fresh right then and just do today’s tasks.
Pick 1 Thing.
So, this is what I want you to do: pick 1 thing to work on for your business today. It might be updating your services page, outlining your e-book, or editing your free opt-in offer.
Now that you’ve done that, take a second to embrace the progress you made. Spend a moment, basking in your feeling of accomplishment.
Clear the Digital Clutter.
Then open up your inbox. If it’s overflowing, start deleting. You don’t have to read every newsletter in your box. Don’t worry about missing a great deal. Most marketers will send you messages about the same promos 3-4 times.
I recommend giving yourself a time limit here so you don’t get swallowed by all the messages. I find I can usually tidy my inbox within 20-30 minutes.
You only want to leave the messages in your inbox that absolutely need a response or require you to take specific action. Send everything else to the trash then get started on the stack that’s left.
You can also do this with your feed reader. It’s what I do when I’ve been away from the computer and need to ‘catch up’ on blog posts or email messages.
Finally, sit down and schedule 2-3 social media messages for tomorrow. This gives you an excuse to check back in and will help you get active on social media again.
Remember, you can start fresh. Right where you are. 🙂