14 ways to move your business forward when you are feeling drained

Woman at her computer feeling drained and not sure how to move her business forward

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Somedays it’s hard to get up in the morning. It’s hard to work on your business. A bad night’s sleep, a roadblock in production, slow sales, startup burn out… there are so many reasons you feel drained. It’s inevitable that some days you ‘just can’t’. So how can you keep your business moving forward when you do?

Here are my tips. Read through the list and do any that feel good to you. Every situation and business is unique so take what works and leave the rest.

Do your minimum viable tasks

There are some things that just have to be done. If you don’t your business fails right now. This is obviously different for every business and depends on your growth stage. It might be that you need to send out orders or respond to clients inquires. It might be replying to wholesale requests or paying bills.

Once you’ve done the minimum tasks and know that at least your business won’t be going backwards then:


Give yourself grace. Relax, rest – be kind to yourself. You are doing an amazing thing – building a business. Give yourself the rest you need. Listen to music, read fiction, journal, colour in, paint, lay in bed and do nothing, take a long bath.

Now if you are anything like me, and many of my clients you are a hard worker and taking rest isn’t going to be very easy. Here are some things you can do to reduce the guilt of taking the rest time you need.


Meditation lowers stress levels, connects us, improves focus and allows us to be kinder to ourselves.


You can do this just by thinking or by creating a vision board. Dig deep into why you started this business. Your why can be a powerful motivator to switch your mood and get you motivated to work.

Go for a walk

Leave your technology and go for a walk outside. Just a quick walk around the block can reset your thoughts and change your attitude.

As a bonus, I often find inspiration while walking which motivates me to work on that new idea.

Structure your day

It can be hard to get started when you feel overwhelmed by what you need to achieve. By time blocking what you are going to work on you don’t need to think about (and procrastinate) what to work on. Just get started on the next time block.

Make tomorrow’s to-do list

Knowing you are doing to get up and get stuck in to your tasks tomorrow, can help you take the rest you need today.

Writing a physical to-do list gets those worries out of your head.

Eat your frog first thing in the morning

Mark Twain had these words of wisdom. The longer we put off something we don’t want to do the worse we feel. Your ‘frog’ is that thing you don’t want to do.

So, do it first thing and then you can move on with your day without it looming over you.


Your network has a huge impact on your business success so use this downtime to network.

Go for a coffee with someone, comment on some Facebook groups, look for business collaborations.


Use the time to learn. Do an online course from the comfort of your bed. Listen to a business podcast. Watch a few video trainings in my free Ecopreneur Facebook Community.

Do admin tasks

I’m sure there are some things you’ve been putting off because you are usually busy doing more important things.

e.g. Send out your invoices, organise your computer files, balance your books, work out your cash flow.

Complete low-value tasks

There are some things that you just don’t get to normally because they are low value. Do some of those today.

e.g. Instagram engagement. Hashtag research. Brainstorm content ideas.

Clean the office/home

Tidy your office, desk or home. Future you will thank you. Tomorrow you can get back to it in a clean environment.

Cook some good food

When you are busy you don’t always eat the best food. Prepare and enjoy a good meal (and maybe even do some meal prep for later).

So there you have it 14 ways to move your business forward when you are feeling drained. There is no one way. Do what works for you and your business.


Mel Bruce Ecopreneur Coach

Hi, I’m Mel. 

Business and marketing coach for eco-minded entrepreneurs who want to ditch the overwhelm and frustration to build a thriving business while having a positive impact on our environment. 

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