Have you have been feeling worn out and frustrated lately? Do you feel like your spinning your wheels but you’re getting nowhere? Are you losing your motivation and just not feeling it anymore? Does it seem like the more you think about throwing in the towel the more it sounds like a good idea?
It’s a scary feeling, isn’t it? You quit your job to work-from-home – maybe start your own business – but it isn’t quite working out the way you planned.
What you’re going through is normal. What you’re experiencing is a work-from-home slump and almost everyone who works from home, is an entrepreneur or freelancer goes through this at some point – typically during a low season.
I have gone through one myself on more than one occasion. I consider myself to be a disciplined person. I have a set number of hours dedicated to work on my blog and other projects. But after working long hours day in and day out without seeing the needle move – there comes a point when I start to feel tired and not motivated with my work-from-home life. And then the crazy thoughts come in and I start to wonder if what I’m doing is even worth it. Do you ever feel like this?
The Four Telling Signs of a Work-from-Home Slump
So how can you tell if you’re going through this too? Here are four telling signs that you might be experiencing your own work-from-home slump.
- You’re job performance is not what it used to be.
- You’re delaying projects or not actively seeking clients/work.
- You’re no longer happy or excited about what you’re doing.
- You’re not as motivated about your job or business and have a difficult time getting your day started.
So what do you do if you’re in a work-from-home slump?
The suggestions I’m about to share with you have worked for me when I was feeling blah about working from home. They’re very simple steps that you can implement right away because the sooner you start the sooner you get over the slump and get back on track.
- Start with your mindset and get excited about your work from home life again. Think about the reasons why you love working from home like no traffic, spend time with the kids, home for dinner.
- Reaching goals shows progress. Take a look at the goals you set for yourself. Maybe you set the bar a little too high. There is nothing wrong with going back and adjusting your goals to more attainable ones.
For example: If you’re blogging as a way to make money and your goal is make it in a short period of time. I can almost guarantee you’ll hit a slump within twelve months when you realize it might take a lot longer than anticipated. If you’re a new blogger please read my friend Harleena’s post 7 Harsh Realities Of Blogging That Bloggers Should Know for a real eye opener.
- Downsize. Maybe you’re taking on too many projects and starting to feel overwhelmed with all that’s on your plate. There is nothing wrong with lightening the load.
- Take a break. If you’re in front of the computer all day and not enjoying life (the reason why you’re working at home in the first place) you might start to feel like you’re not accomplishing anything. I used to feel like the little hamster going around the wheel.
- Get the family to pitch in and help around the house. Little things like helping with dishes and laundry really take a load off.
One Last Thing
There are going to be times when you will feel like you’re not progressing. When that happens, take the suggestions I just shared with you and think about how far you’ve come from when you got started. I know you will fall in love with your work from home life all over again!
The key is to stay focused and not give up when you start to feel this way. Like Dory of Finding Nemo says, “just keep swimming.”
Over To You
Have you ever been in a work from home slump? Tell us how you overcame that in the comments section below. Who knows your advice may just be what someone is looking for!
Oh, and before you go, I would really love it if you would share this post with anyone you know who could use this advice!