Small Business Diva

March 19, 2008

How Do You Get Motivated?

When it comes to getting motivated, particularly when you have a business to run, some people recommend starting your day by doing a few quick and easy jobs from your ‘to do’ list. This helps to get you started and hopefully the momentum will keep you motivated to continue working through your list.

Meanwhile others, such as Dale Carnegie, suggest that you “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.”

So who’s right?

The easy answer is… whichever works for you!

Personally, I find a mixture of the two methods helps me. I usually begin the day by getting stuck into a few quick, simple tasks, then hit the biggest, most challenging job for the day. The quick tasks get me into the flow of the day, then by getting the most difficult task on my list for that day completed it’s such a huge relief, leaving me feeling like I’ve really achieved something. Then it’s easy for me to keep going through the rest of the list.

What works best for you? I’d love to hear your ideas, or any other methods and suggestions you can offer.

Here’s to your business success… 



  1. I don’t have trouble with motivation but need to prioritise, set goals and diarise tasks so I focus on the important and don’t get carried away by the urgent.

    Here’s to volunteer treasurers

    Comment by adminbandit — March 19, 2008 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  2. Motivation may come from many things–motivation, love, encouragement, somebody sharing your life etc. etc. It’s upto you what you take up as motivation. Comments on my site motivates me to write more.

    Comment by Biki — March 21, 2008 @ 12:20 am | Reply

  3. It depends on what those big tasks are! Usually I am motivated by whatever has the most urgent deadline, but I do more often end up doing some “easier” tasks first because I can ease into my work. Plus it feels less “cluttered” if I know there aren’t 50 emails waiting for me to look at 🙂

    Comment by sheldesign — March 26, 2008 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  4. I agree with the emails – I find it difficult to focus on a task until I’ve replied to the day’s emails.

    Comment by smallbusinessdiva — March 26, 2008 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  5. I have a comment stuck to my computer: “hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.” Helps me when I’m doing work that is not urgent but important and to stay on track with it. Reduces my temptation to keep checking how the fridge is doing without me (still no chocolate cake last time i checked). Natasha Crestani

    Comment by inspiredhoney — August 28, 2008 @ 11:59 am | Reply

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