A recent Gallup poll* found that 7 out of 10 U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs.
Even more interesting: business owners topped the list of those who are most satisfied. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of business owners say that their job is the;ideal jo- for them.
I think that speaks volumes about entrepreneurship and running your own business. And it also brings up the topic of toda-s post, which is about tools to help you stay motivated as a business owner.
Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows that running a business is not a bed of roses. Nor is it a steady ramp up' that if you just manage to make it past year X, your problems will be gone. No, i's more like a constant roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. One day yo're on top of the world' having just signed a big new client, or won an award for your product. The next day yo're down in the dumps' your manufacturing line breaks down or a key employee gives notice. Small business is like that. Does't matter how long yo've been in business. Those highs and lows still happen, long after you pass the startup phase.
Keeping yourself pumped up and motivated, even in the face of challenges, is key to success, I've found. I'm convinced that business owners as a whole are among the most optimistic people in the world. That's part of why we business owners report being so satisfied with our jobs - we're a positive bunch.
But even the most optimistic among us can use a little help to stay enthusiastic about our businesses and keep going. Here are some tech tools that can help:
Think Daily for Business - Larry Janesky, the CEO of Basement Systems, writes motivational nuggets that you can receive daily* in your inbox in the morning. Not all sweetness and fluff, these are more a like a kick in the pants to get you going.
Motivational Posters to Print Out - Try downloading and printing out motivational posters for your workplace. BusinessBalls has a variety of free posters* you can print on your office printer. A Work.com Guide contains other sources for motivational business quotes*.
Daily Motivational Quote on Twitter - A lot of business people share motivational quotes on Twitter. One Twitter feed that is pure quotes is Tiny Buddha*.
GTD Add-Ons and Extensions - There's nothing like disorganization to make you feel overwhelmed and unproductive. The Getting Things Done system has helped many businesspeople feel organized, energized and positive. And you can find a wide range of tech tools to help you manage to the GTD system. Here are just 2 to explore: Getting Things Done Add-on for Outlook*; and GTDInbox for Gmail*. And if those aren't enough, check out this big list of 116 GTD software apps*.
GTD Apps for iPhone -- If it's apps for iPhone or the iPod Touch you're looking for, to help you use the Getting Things Done method, a search at Appolicious turns up 96 apps for GTD* as of this writing.
What's your favorite tech tool for helping you stay energized, motivated and upbeat? Share it in the comments below.
*Note: Hyperlink directs reader to non-government Web site.
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Anita Campbell is the Founder of Small Business Trends, an online publication and community serving small businesses.