(This is Part 2 of this two-part series... )
Last week we shared the importance of keeping joy in our workplace environment ... especially if we regularly work without the presence of others. Since there's no one to converse or interact with, we must be proactive in our quest to not grow stagnant as it can significantly affect the quality of our work output.
We conclude this series with a few remaining ideas to consider in keeping yourself motivated and that creative spark ignited.
Joy Sparker #6: Change Your Environment
If you always work out of your home office, consider packing up your laptop and going mobile. Run your business from a co-working space, your local library, or your favorite coffee shop.
Working in a different setting can cause you to look at old problems in new ways. It can inspire you to hear the hustle and bustle of people around you. Plus, it increases creativity and helps you learn new things faster.
If you can’t change your environment, trick your brain. Use a noise generator and put on sounds from a coffee shop, office, or waterfall. The soothing background noise can provide the same effect as if you’d actually gone somewhere else.
Joy Sparker #7: Create Just for You!
When you work as a service provider or business owner, it’s easy to get into the habit of producing purely for the benefit to other people or your brand. While this can be good, it also has a downside: you ignore projects that would be creatively fulfilling.
It’s absolutely okay to work on a passion project that doesn’t make you any direct income. In fact, it’s a great way to inspire yourself. Not every word you write or graphic you design has to be for public consumption. You can create simply for the joy of making your art. It may well be that's what prompted you to go into business so why not revisit it.
Joy Sparker #8: Go for a Makeover
Sometimes, you just need a makeover. This might mean getting your website redesigned, switching up your branding, or even rearranging your office. It doesn’t have to be a huge change either – it could be something simple like switching fonts on your website or choosing a color scheme that’s a better match for your office space.
Create a space for you to play and experiment with new ideas or designs. Perhaps grab a few paint swatches for your home office. Ask a graphic design friend to create a brand board for you on Pinterest (remember to offer a favor in exchange!).
Joy Sparker #9: Define Your Special Sauce
You bring magic just by showing up. It’s your “special sauce” but to you, it’s so common you don’t recognize it. You don’t realize what your gifts or special talents are.
Take a moment and ask a business friend what you’re good at. Then listen to the answer. It might surprise you to learn that your friend thinks you have an amazing knack for writing killer copy or a gift for making complicated tech problems simple.
Make it your goal to spend more time this week focused on your “special sauce”. Do the activities your business friends say you’re good at and evaluate how you feel at the end of the week. Was there more joy and ease in your business? Do you feel excited to get back to work again? These are clues that you may need to spend more time focused on these areas.
Joy Is Yours for the Taking!
Your business can be filled with joy and ease if you want it to be. All you have to do is make a declaration that you choose to delight in and enjoy your business. Then start looking for ways to make that happen. You never know what you might discover along the way!
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Henri J. M. Nouwen
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