If your Instagram pictures don’t lie, this post is for you. Learn how to shake the mehs away, climb out of your Sad Hole, and seize the effing day.
Red wine completely optional.
So you had a bad day. Maybe that hot client lead you’ve been nurturing is dead in the water, and you’re feeling both financially strained and professionally dejected. Maybe your e-mail box greets you with a symphony of crickets instead of a steady stream of order notifications.
Perhaps all the pounding pavement has left little to no time to work on the parts of your business that you truly love, and you’re wondering how you ended up in a shitty work spiral of your own making.
Or maybe it’s just the steady culmination of rising, grinding, stressing, crying, and pretending through social media that you are smitten with your creativepreneur path when you are, in fact, sinking deeper into the “mehs” with each passing day.
A Perpetual Case of the Mehs can present itself in many ways in the work life of creativepreneurs, big and small. It can be triggered by disappointment, disenchantment, or disillusionment. It can take the form of:
- Feeling overworked and unrewarded
- Wondering if you’re on the right path with your creative aspirations when nothing seems to be going right
- Creativity feeling forced and stagnation setting in
- Negativity seeping into your attitude and affecting your productivity
You are certainly not alone in both the Perpetual Case of the Mehs and your desire to improve your well-being and creative satisfaction. Here are my Luca-Tested and Luca-Approved tips on how to claw one’s way out of the shitty work cycle Sad Hole:
CRAFT DAILY RITUALS
We can’t always control what gets lobbed at us in our wacky start-up lives, but we can certainly implement daily rituals that help keep us motivated, inspired, and on track. I usually structure my daily rituals around specific ongoing personal goals, such as learning one new thing a day, making gratitude a priority, working on my money mindset, and organization (Online or off).
My rituals can take the form of shouting out a service that I value on social media (gratitude), cleaning out my Dropbox (organization), exploring articles using StumbleUpon (learning), and donating money (money mindset). I use Todoist.com to keep track of my daily rituals as it relates to my ongoing goals.
START A THANK BANK
I advocate for cataloging all the good things that happen during any given work day so you can reflect on all the awesome that is happening.
It can range from the mundane (“Got 3 more followers”) to the surprise happenstance (“Booked a discovery call with a referral client”) to the bigger wins (“Hit my $8k goal this week”).
Some people start a gratitude jar that they tuck their handwritten “thanks” into.
Others document their daily wins into a journal.
I am always on my computer, so my Thank Bank is contained in a Google Doc, and further noted daily in my Google Calendar.
ONE THING AT A TIME
Operating in the perpetual state of overwhelm will only yield crazy-making results. Breaking down larger tasks into achievable chunks will not only help you get the damn thing done, but build the infrastructure for you to feel rewarded and reaffirmed in your success.
Here’s a good example: I’ve been beating up my brain trying to incorporate video into Creative Enabler. I’ve looked into no less than 28 different options to get set up on a video platform. Meanwhile, I hate webinars and am skeptical of the video quality I’ll produce if I go the “live” route, on social media or otherwise. I went as far as to explore if this was some weirdo self-conscience trait rearing its ugly head (no pun intended) in my small business promotion.
The verdict: Writing, recording, producing, and promoting a 5-12 minute video block weekly was just too big of a project to take on with little to no experience.
I recently received incredibly effective and (surprisingly) simple advice from a fellow business strategist that resonated with my “One thing at a time” mantra:
“Instead of planning to video an entire segment, try doing video one minute a day and work up to a larger piece.”
Forehead-smack, and noted.
By creating rituals around your self-improvement and holding space to make it happen, you will put the power back into your own hands to feel rewarded and reaffirmed on your creative journey instead of steeping your satisfaction in daily work tasks and the follow through of others.