It can sometimes get really tough when you’re out on the road and you’re by yourself trying to get your work done. Every now and again, I end up losing my motivation mojo. What is that you ask? Well, it’s that little fire in the pit of your stomach that keeps you pushing forward.

Occasionally I have the odd day where I lose my way a little and there is nothing worse than that. It happened to me in a big way, end of May. I didn’t know where to start to get it back. I hadn’t had a proper night’s sleep for days on end and eventually I couldn’t take it anymore.

So I knew I had to do something. I thought it would probably have to be a little extreme to jump start me back in to the real world and where I wanted to be.

I often refer to something that a good friend and mentor of mine once said:

“Success leaves clues”

My motivation mojo solution

There was only one other time I could think of, recent enough to still be etched in my mind. Last year after the Brexit referendum results, my business tanked and I had a real tough time. My income diminished to near non existent and I genuinely thought it was the end of this adventure.

I remember having only 1 client that was still with us by August 2016. But I remember being really busy, constantly, 8-9 hours solid work every day. So I knew what I needed to do.

Going back through my Google Calendar to August, I found a detailed plan to “success”.

In chunks, I had setup my days, what to do, what content to create, where to be spending my time online. From August, for 2 months I pushed harder than I’ve ever had to push before.

Here’s a screenshot of my diary from back then:

Motivation Mojo - Success Leaves Clues
Calendar example week (only showing my work calendar, personal calendar entries have been removed for this illustration – hence thursday morning’s gap)

Implementing the solution

I realised what I needed to do. For a few hours I stayed up (till about 4am) and planned out my diary for that following week and then the week after too.

Detailing everything I needed to do, no matter how mundane, creative or otherwise. From lead generation tasks to writing on Quora, creating blog articles to launching new promotions, everything was written down and in front of me.

The next day when I woke up, I didn’t hesitate, I just cracked on with what I needed to do. From 8am the next day, I was smashing it. Task by task, from the mundane admin tasks to the more fun video creation stuff. One by one, as I got through everything, I felt more and more motivated.

Slowly but surely, I realised I was getting my motivation mojo back.

This happens from time to time, not just to me. I’ve spoken to others that are location independent and it seems that it can be distracting sometimes. Living away from the “normality” of routine, it can be more of an issue. But just like back in May, when I need to reset my mojo all I need to do is look back at what I was doing at the time when I was doing well.

What about you?

I don’t know about you, but if you struggle sometimes, try this out. Plan out your day, your week. Include EVERYTHING. Make sure you know what you need to do, when it needs to get done and then just start at the beginning.

Once you’ve got through the first couple of things, you’ll see, you’ll be on a roll and you’ll get your motivation back.

If you have different ways of getting your motivation mojo back when it comes to work, I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to drop them below in the comments.

Chris Bruno
Chris Bruno

I’m Chris Bruno, Founder and CEO of Social INK, a community-driven, social-first, digital marketing agency. I'm also the host of the All About Digital Marketing podcast. I'm passionate about marketing, travel, food and continual development.