Working from home – it sounds almost too good to be true. The benefits are numerous! At home, you’re in your comfort zone. There is no commute, the attire is optional, you can create your own schedule, you are your own boss!
While this is all so appealing it can also be a downfall if you aren’t careful. Read our top tips below to staying motivated in a home-office environment.
- Dress for the occasion
Yes, staying in pj’s all day may sound perfect but it really doesn’t help your state of mind. You are the boss now, so dress like it. When you do it lifts you from your sleepy, relaxed, comfortable mentality and raises you up so that you are 100% ready for a productive day at the office!
- Write down your goals
Stay focused all day long with goals! Write them down first thing, and never move on to the next one until you’re done with the one before. This will help keep you motivated to finish one project at a time and not to take on too much at once. It will also clear your headspace so you aren’t distracted by all the things you have to do that day. You’ll be totally focused on one task at a time and complete them all efficiently.
- Give yourself a break
No, I don’t mean take a break every ten minutes. What I mean is that when you become frustrated, restless, or hit a wall to stand up and allow yourself the chance to bounce back. Take a bike ride, go run some mindless errand, or reward yourself for the hard work you’ve been doing. Anything short that will take your mind away from work so that when you return you’re refreshed and ready.
- Reach out
When you become stuck, lonely, bored, or find yourself lacking motivation to complete your goals it’s important to reach out to others for some inspiration. That can be anyone, even other people working from home. Search for blogs that support those who work from home. Print out quotes or personal stories that inspire you. Share your successes and failures with others. Rely on others when you begin to feel that cabin-fever.
Make sure that the space you’ve claimed for your office is exactly how you need it to be. Gather inspiration where ever you can, but make it unique and build it to fit your specific needs. If where you work makes you happy then the results will show that.
- Know your WHY
The best for last – Remember why you’re doing all of this in the first place. We all know how easy it is to get some crappy job flipping burgers or pushing paper. Why did you choose the hard path? Why did you take such a leap of faith on yourself? Take a note card and write down why you get up every day and push yourself every day. Take that note card with your “why” and put it where you will see it all day long. Put one in the bathroom, above the coffee pot, next to your laptop, on your dashboard. Never forget why you are doing what you do.