5 Debilitating Practices That Drain Energy from Your Business

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Monitor with Map of Energy Draining Practices

You could be losing momentum and draining energy from your business without realizing it. Reviewing where you might be spinning your wheels will help you to make changes that’ll keep your business rolling along smoothly.

Here are 5 ways you could be draining essential energy from your business and the best ways to plug those leaks.

1. Marketing Your Business Without a Plan

When you don’t have a marketing plan, you spend a lot of time wondering what you should be doing to market your business.  With a plan in place, you don’t need to wonder, you just follow the steps you’ve already spent the time to think through.

Do yourself a favor and create a year-long marketing plan with our “Keep it Simple, Schweetheart” Marketing Plan Workbook.

2. Spending Energy on Unnecessary Tasks

Did you fritter your day away getting distracted by emails, long meetings or a multitude of multitasking? When you get down to work do you know why you are doing what you are doing and where it is leading? Letting your energy get scattered or deflated is a huge drain that you can’t afford.

Focus your energy by setting effective and achievable goals with our “Let’s Do This” Down ‘n’ Dirty Goal Setting Workbook.

3. Keeping Your Systems in Your Head

If you don’t do something very often — but do it more than once — you can lose a lot of energy remembering the next step. Even if you know how a process goes, documenting — and following that documentation — creates more mental ease. You no longer need to worry about forgetting a step — all you need to do is follow the plan you already created.

Try out our Easy-to-Follow Checklists to take the “what’s next??” out of writing a blog post, being active on social media, sending an email newsletter and going out networking.

4. Avoiding Projects or Tasks

If there’s been something on your to do list for a long time — even if it’s not that big of a deal or pressing — undermines your confidence in yourself. The classic definition of an energy leak, that gnawing sense of an undone task.

Making a list of tasks and then prioritizing them can help. How about doing the mundane tasks on your list first this time. Sometimes a little time away from the task you’re avoiding can bring you back to it. Like the reverse psychology of telling someone who is rebellious not to do the thing you want them to do.

Mundane chores like clearing off your desk or sweeping the floor can refresh your work mind and spur new ideas and new approaches. And at least you’re getting something done, while you are in avoidance mode.

Our Fuck it Ship it Mantra poster might be just the thing to keep you in action!

5. Holding Grudges

Who knew? Holding a grudge is bad for your health. The act of recalling your resentments engages your flight or fight response, causing the hormone cortisol to increase in your body. This unloads a cascade of unwelcome responses, including raising your blood pressure, causing sleep trouble and weight gain! Talk about energy drags, yuck!

“Holding a grudge is letting someone live rent free in your head”

Esther Lederer

Luckily forgiveness can set you free. You don’t necessarily need to confront the offending person, you just need to start the process of letting go. The idea is to refocus on loving yourself rather than using up energy on others wrongs. We are all human. Recognizing the benefits of getting clear of a grudge may be what you need to start. As always, be kind to yourself, forgiveness becomes authentic when you are truly ready for it, be thankful as you make your way along your path.

Staying healthy and clear is the best energy boost around. If you need more help with the process of forgiving, check out our Amazing Affirmations worksheet. It can help you craft an affirmation that’ll focus you on a positive way forward.

About the Author:

Leader of the Artsy Geek team and creator of Camp Artsy Geek, Jen comes from a long line of get-rich-quick-schemers. A serial entrepreneur, she launched her first business at the age of 12: a crocheted goods pop-up. A lover of good design and effective marketing, Jen believes that life -- and business -- should be fun and enjoyable. Life is short! Follow your dreams and train your brain to support your success. We're in this together. Rock on!

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