As a mom and a business owner, I rarely have down time. From the moment my son gets up in the morning to the moment I go to bed (usually well after midnight), it feels like every second of my day is packed with something to do.
Occasionally, I’ll have a minute when I look at my “to-do” list and just want to close my eyes and pretend it’s not there.
I like to think of these moments as my inner self telling me to “take a chill pill” cuz I’m heading for burnout.
We’ve all felt it before. We’ve all been there. It happens.
When you’re feeling like you just don’t want to do anything at all, find something that feels manageable, but still productive, to gently ease back into your usually ambitious flow.
Try a few of these totally doable tasks for those “meh” moments.
1. Make a list
Whether you’re a “planner” or not, making a list of new projects, blog post ideas, upcoming deadlines, etc. will get you thinking about solutions for your biggest business hurdles. Choose a “fun” topic to work on to get your creative juices flowing.
2. Join a Facebook group
Facebook groups are an incredible way to connect with your target market. No matter what your goals are, there is a group out there to support it. Spend some time searching for a new, amazing Facebook group to join. Look for groups with super involved admins, great members, and no spam.
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3. Listen to a podcast
When is educating yourself ever a bad thing? When you’re having a moment that calls for procrastination, search out a new business podcast and que up your phone. The coolest thing about podcasts? You can multitask while you listen.
Check out: This Girl Means Business by Carrie Green
4. Rearrange your pinterest boards
Pinterest is an INCREDIBLE traffic driver for many bloggers. One of the secrets to a killer Pinterest presence is how you display your boards. For a quick (but practical) way to occupy a few minutes, commit to updating each board’s title and cover image.
Remember, consistency plays a huge role in digital success. Try updating all your cover images with pins that reflect your color scheme and brand style. If you’re struggling with finding a style that works for you, check out this post on creating a beautiful brand style using Pinterest.
5. Follow some bloggers in your target market
Who are you selling to? Find a blogger or two that represents the type of clients you are looking for (or one that could even turn into a client for you) and follow them! Subscribe to their newsletter, follow them on Twitter and Instagram, and check em out. Note what hashtags they’re using, what content they’re sharing, and what things seem important to them. Use what you learn in your own marketing to start attracting the right people.
6. Email a partner
Every #mompreneur could use a little support. Find another lady who offers products or services complimentary to your own and send them an email. Ask to start a collaboration project together and take advantage of each other’s know-how and audience.
7. Take some cool instagram photos
You can’t really argue. Instagram is a bad ass tool for creative business owners. When you’re not in the mood to take take on the world, whip out your phone and go on an exploratory mission in your own house. Collect 5-10 items that reflect your brand style and start snapping photos.
If you’re really in the mood to waste a few hours, search for tips on taking kick ass Instagram photos and get lost in the sea of tutorials out there.
8. Write a thank you letter to your last client
Referrals are some of the most valuable leads in business. If you’re extra nice to your past clients AND remind them that you’re still around you will get more referrals. Go ahead and write up a little Thank-You note for your last client to serve as the perfect relationship builder.
9. Search for a new hashtag to use
Expand your audience right now (literally right now) by finding a new hashtag that you’ve never used before. Check out the people you follow on Instagram and Twitter for ideas. Once you have a few in mind, search them and see if they lead you to good candidates for clients. If they do, add the tag to your next post(s).
10. Develop a new routine
Routines are like secret slingshots to productivity. If you don’t use them already, make the decision to do so right now. Done? Great. Now start designing a routine for each of your business processes. List out how every day should look. Do you check your emails first thing in the morning? When do you schedule out Twitter? Where does blog post writing come in? Figure out a pattern, write it down, and try it out.
Routines are amazing ways to get more done everyday. They say it takes just 21 days to develop a habit. I’ve got a HUGE post all about productivity coming really soon. Subscribe to my Monday newsletter here to find out when it’s debuting on the blog.