I’ve been in a teeny bit of a work funk recently. Working for yourself is amazing, but there are some definite drawbacks. (As there would be any job…) Every week is different, kind of like college or high school. Some weeks there are fewer assignments/due dates/exams, and then other weeks are killer with every midterm, all the essays, etc. Figuring out how to balance the working (literally) in my bedroom alone with the flux in stress has been challenging. I was doing pretty great in the first quarter and now I’m struggling a bit.
Funks are weird because they tend to suck you in. To get out of a funk, you can’t be in a funky mood, which is next to impossible, right? Sheesh. When I’m not feeling it, my gut reaction is to crawl into bed and not move. Or talk to anyone. Or do anything. Hiding from the world sometimes feels like a grand idea. But it’s definitely the worst thing to do.
I find that the best (and perhaps the only) way to pull myself out of a funk is to get inspired by other people. Getting out of bed, even if I’m dragging my feet along the way, and getting out there to meet, chat, and share.
The key though is that it’s not about the number of people, but the quality of the individuals. Meeting tons of people would just be exhausting; meeting with the right person, however, is invigorating.
When I realized that I was kind of in that funk, I started reaching out to the people who have inspired me in the past. I thought back to coffee meetings that made me want to run all the way home with excitement or the brunches where the conversations really made me think differently or deeper.
Over the past few weeks, as I’ve sat down with these individuals, my spark has certainly been reignited. Last night in particular was an unexpected jolt of inspiration. Garrett and I drove out to Greenwich for an event Sail to Sable was hosting. I knew other brands would be there and it turned out to be the BEST way to spend a midweek night. G and I both talked to so many owners and partners of startups and small businesses. Talk about inspiring. Seeing (and hearing) people get excited about their own work is enough to kick start my own drive. The connections we made, some brand new and some new IRL and some reconnections, were incredibly genuine and encouraging! We were all sharing stories and advice and connections with each other.
Garrett and I got in the car to come back to the city ready to tackle the world.
For me it’s not even about going into a conversation with an agenda. Just talking to amazing people can lead to amazing conversations. No asks. No agendas. Just talking. The funny thing is that a lot of times the other person needs the same kind of motivation that you do! Win-win.
How do you get yourself out of funks? Who do you turn to for inspiration?