You’ve been here a time or two (or ten) before: You worked hard to achieve a big goal and are left feeling utterly tapped out.
Your creativity is zapped. Your energy is flat. And your mojo has disappeared.
But business doesn’t just stop because you’re tapped out. You have clients to serve, revenue to generate, and blog posts to write!
So how do you keep the day-to-day running even when you’ve got nothing left to give?
Almost by accident, I stumbled upon a surprising answer.
It’s not fancy software or a trendy life hack. It’s not a special diet or Jedi mind trick.
It’s a small, simple change that anyone can make starting immediately.
Not only did this one trick reignite my creativity and restart my mojo, it also helped me double my productivity, so I could work less without making less. (Sweet!)
Curious what I did? Keep reading to find out.
Feeling Tapped Out
First, let me set the stage.
I had planned in a month of downtime with no new program creation. No new marketing. No new nothing.
All I would do would be to serve clients and keep the ship running. (I’ve gotten this down to a systematic science, and it’s relatively easy for me to do without taxing myself.)
But after my allotted month was up, I still had no creative juices to give to my business.
As you read before, I decided to postpone the Make 10k program, giving myself another month to recover. But even after that month was up, I still felt stagnant.
At this point, I couldn’t keep not working.
I needed to prep for Make It Work Online Accelerator and finalize the changes to the sales process for Get Your First 1000 Subscribers, as promised to our affiliates. We had backend projects to complete, plus I needed to begin work on the next launch cycle for Make It Work Online.
How was I supposed to do these things when I had nothing to give?
That’s when I accidentally stumbled upon one little trick that not only rebooted my mojo but also doubled my productivity.
The Accidental Reboot
Earlier this year, my husband and I planned a two-week trip to Michigan in May. My cousin was getting married in Ann Arbor, and Paul wanted to revisit his childhood stomping grounds and see people he hadn’t seen in 25 years.
It would be a vacation for him and a work-ation for me. I’d still be actively serving my Make It Work Online and Accelerator clients while also working half-days and taking an extra-long weekend for the wedding and adventuring.
It was during the second week of our trip that I had the epiphany:
Changing my scenery and my routine was the reboot I needed.
Ideas began flowing, I felt inspired to massively up level my MIWO Accelerator program, and I was excited about business again.
It felt like magic… and all I did was go to Michigan.
Then it got even better…
An Even Bigger Aha
More than just getting my mojo restarted, there was an even bigger aha for me.
Here’s what I mean.
It seems like we get all sorts of messages (from the media and from peers and colleagues) that as entrepreneurs we need to enjoy a luxurious life, splurge on extravagances, and jetset around the world.
But I’ve never been much of a luxury-seeker or splurger, and I had been led to believe that was a character flaw!
However, on this work-ation, we didn’t go anywhere fancy. (East Lansing, Michigan, is hardly a bucket list destination.)
We didn’t stay anywhere fancy. (My husband’s aunt let us stay in her half-furnished, unoccupied house.)
We didn’t do anything extravagant. (We went to the movies, played mini golf, ate a lot of Chinese food with his family, and danced our hearts out with my two-year-old nephew at my cousin’s wedding.)
And it was the exact remedy my stagnant energy needed.
When we returned home, it was so clear how working from home (which I love) had also gotten me into a massive rut.
Since we skipped our two-month California trip this year, the rut got pretty deep without me even realizing it. Well, now I see it clearly!
That’s why I’ve decided to double-down on efforts to change my scenery, change my routine, and try new things.
They don’t need to be fancy or extravagant. They just need to be different. And I’m already getting started.
Since returning from Michigan, I’ve…
- traveled out of town for my nephew’s second birthday
- traveled to Oregon wine country for a long weekend to celebrate my dad’s 70th birthday
- signed up for a Taiji class (exercise my still-ailing body can handle!)
- planned a week off for my 39th birthday and 16 year anniversary
- mapped out a road trip from Michigan to Oregon, hitting some of the cool spots we’ve never seen (16 days, 16 years… my husband’s idea!)
- committed to taking two months in California next January and February (Want to meet up? Good chance I’ll be hosting a retreat or two while I’m there. Get on the waiting list here.)
I’m also scheming…
- two more trips for this fall to meet up with some of my favorite people
- occasionally working from a coffee shop (though I really do love working at home, so I’m admittedly on the fence about this one)
- how to change up how I run and manage my work days
- forcing myself to do more scary things in business because I always have ahas and grow when I do
And I’m just getting started!
Now that I see how easily I can get into a work rut, I’m committed to not letting it happen (as much).
Plus, who doesn’t love doubled productivity, stronger focus, and more inspiration in their business?!
How About You?
Tell me! Is your routine keeping your business stuck in a rut?
What’s one small change you can make immediately to shake things up and restart your mojo?
What tips do you have for staying inspired in your business?
I’d love to hear from you!