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January 24, 2015

4 Steps to Get Your Work Back on Track

Well it’s that time of year. The excitement of the holidays and a new year are over and you’re sort of just waiting for spring to get here. You kept insanely busy with craft shows and making Christmas gifts, took a well-deserved break and now you’re struggling to get started again. I feel your pain. Sometimes the lackluster feeling and lack of direction are enough to make me feel like I should have never taken a break. But the good news is, regardless of how hopeless and unmotivated you’re feeling right now, there’s a simple process to get you headed in the right direction.


Determine what’s got you feeling stuck. You can’t fix something if you don’t know what’s broken so it’s time to dig deep. If you’re feeling blah, ask yourself why. Don’t stop there! Keep asking why until you feel like you’ve really gotten to the bottom of your blah-ness. Your inner dialogue might go something like this:

I’m feeling blah. Why?
Because I feel unmotivated. Why?
Because I feel stuck. Why?
Because I don’t know where to start.

Let’s stop there and say you want to grow your business this year and start selling your products wholesale to retailers but you don’t know where to start. Dig a little deeper and find out which aspect is scaring you the most and feels unclear. Is it the entire idea of organizing your new lines, creating a lookbook, approaching stores and setting prices? Or is there one specific aspect, such as finding the right stores and approaching them that’s got you feeling like you don’t have a clue. Once you have this determined you know which area to work on.

“I don’t know the first step to get into stores” is a lot easier to find a solution to than “I’m feeling blah.”


What’s one thing you can do, and will do, right now to take that first step in getting started? Be realistic; no step is too small. If you’re in a real funk and can barely stomach thinking about your business, then don’t guilt yourself into thinking you need to do something monumental today. Reach for the first step that feels manageable. Is it pulling out a pen and pad of paper and writing your goal at the top or can you dig in a bit more and get a list started of all the areas that need to be researched in the days to come? Whatever it is that feels comfortable, start with that and tack on a little more each day.


If you’ve already set a goal for the new year (i.e selling wholesale to retailers) and you’re feeling overwhelmed with it, it’s probably too big of a goal to focus on right now. It’s great to set big goals but I like to set it and forget it. Decide where you want to end up at the end of the year and then focus on smaller weekly or monthly goals that are going to get you there. What’s achievable in the next week or two that makes you excited? Figure that out and write it down; that’s your new goal.


Intentions are a bit different than goals in that you’re looking for a feeling rather than a destination. If you’ve set a goal to “call 5 stores in a day”, does that evoke excitement? Probably not. But if you set an intention to connect with 5 store owners and think about how it’s going to feel when they tell you how excited they are to see your line, that evokes a little more feeling. Asking yourself “why” you want to achieve a goal will help you get to what your intention should be.

You can get into the habit of setting intentions for every goal you have and every task you have to accomplish. It helps you focus on what you really want out of the hour, day, week, month, year, etc. instead of mindlessly working through a list.

Do you have any steps you like to take to get out of a work funk? Leave a comment!

Image courtesySicha Pongjivanich/

Here are some other articles on Productivity you may be interested in:
5 Tips to Get Back on Track After the Holidays
Feeling Unproductive? Follow These Steps
10 Steps to Get More Done Before a Craft Show
How to Make the Most Out of a Slow Craft Show
How to Make Sure you Have a Productive Day
5 Tips for Sparking Creativity

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