Usually these kinds of posts are about fitness and diet when you come across titles that include the words ‘Staying Motivated”. Today is not one of those days because we are talking about staying motivated while working from home. For some this probably doesn’t seem like it should be a problem, you’re in your pj’s all day and you can work when you want. What could go wrong?
Truthfully, that is exactly what goes wrong for me. I’m in my pj’s all day and can push off doing work for as long as I want including putting it off to the next day. I always find myself saying, “Well, it doesn’t need to be done right now.” and I would watch just one more episode of a show.
This isn’t exactly a straight up list of what is keeping me motivated but more of a list of habits I am introducing to motivate myself to work, when I’m supposed to.
- Schedule work time.
- Whether it’s the standard 9 to 5 or 6 am to 12 pm, set an actual work schedule. Not having a dedicated time to work is part of what keeps me from actually working. So if you find yourself just pushing off work because you can ‘work anytime’ then set an actual work schedule.
- Get ready for work.
- As I stated in the beginning of this post, one thing I do is stay in my pj’s all day. This isn’t a bad thing, I don’t think, but it can cause a lack of motivation. When it comes to me, if I stay in my pj’s all day I stay in the relaxed zone and just never start. So I am starting to ‘get ready’ for work; shower, get dressed, eat breakfast and go to work.
- Create a work space.
- I have yet to really follow this one yet but I find when I work in an office setting I tend to work better. Carve out a space for yourself somewhere in your home, whether it is an actual office or just the dinning room table, so you can work with no distractions. Turn off your TV because you wouldn’t have one in a real office. If you can’t take working with out noise then download office ambient noise to play in the background.
- Take breaks.
- As with a standard office job you would take breaks. I believe that in my state the law is that you must be given two 15 minute breaks along with a 30 minute lunch. I’m not saying you should hold yourself to that standard but don’t burn yourself out by working non-stop. If you want coffee, get it. If you want to get up and stretch your legs and back, do it. Just don’t get distracted.
- Change things up.
- Working from home can become mundane as it can with any job where you do the same thing over and over. The luxury of working from home is that you generally have control of what you do everyday. I always though that I needed to spend my day doing a number of posts and completing them that day. Trying to do multiple 100% complete posts in one day started to become stressful. So I have changed it up, I aim to do one thing a day, today for example is writing. I will wright several posts and save them, tomorrow is image day and so on…
- BONUS: Take time off.
- This might be an odd one but with most jobs you have one or two days off a week and vacation time every year. It might seem silly because there are a lot of people that think vlogging, blogging, or working at him is super easy and taking a vacation is unnecessary. However, we need time to relax and recuperate too. More often than not people that work at home are also that caretakers of the family. We cook, clean, organize the household and so on. So yes, take time off. Don’t work weekends and take your yearly vacation time.
Implementing these into my day to day life have really started to change how I am working and how productive I am. What do you do to keep yourself motivated?