Working from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere) can be a really great thing, but staying motivated can also present quite a challenge for a number of reasons.
Whatever is holding you back from performing at your job or business, these 7 tips will help you stay motivated while working from home.
#1 Stick To a Solid Routine
One of the biggest challenges I have found working from home is setting and sticking to a schedule. For a period of time I turned into a bit of a night shift worker while running my home business which left me feeling very out of sorts. The reason for this was because I had no set routine, some days I’d work late and others I would stick to a 9-6 routine.
Nipping this in the bud helped me immensely I can tell you. Whether you work at night or during the day I think the most important thing is to set a routine and stick to it no matter what.
No matter how tired or how bad you might want to sleep in, get up and get on with your day. Sometimes you need to force yourself into a routine and it may take time to get used to it.
The thing is though, doing this will allow you to stick to a timeline and get a LOT more done rather than being all over the place and compromising your schedule when it suites. There’s no one going to tell you what to do so it’s up to you to stay disciplined and make yourself stick to the plan.
#2 Diet & Exercise Matter
I’m not saying you need to be a health and fitness junkie but having some form of daily or weekly fitness routine can be a great way to boost your energy levels, and motivation in the process. Personally, I find a 15 minute work out in the morning helps to wake me up and energises me for the day ahead.
After a while it just becomes second nature and it’s a lot easier than committing to an hour long workout here and there.
Eating regularly and having a reasonably good diet is also something that I find helps. All too often I have just got up and hit the laptop after a coffee but the problem with that is your energy levels and concentration really do suffer as a result. After you have set your daily routine, try and eat regularly throughout the day rather than eating one or two big meals as this will help to increase your energy and stay focussed.
#3 Set Achievable Daily & Weekly Goals
It’s all good and well to set a routine but one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated to actually stick to that is with goal setting. Why? Because it’s in our nature to want to achieve the goals we set for ourselves and we feel good after achieving them. It helps us stay focussed and have something to work towards.
A good idea is to have long term and short term goals to work towards.
For example your long term goal might be to build your home business up to $10,000 per month, so you might set monthly targets to meet that goal and daily action plans to achieve the monthly goals.
Not only will this help you achieve WAY more but it will spur you on to keep moving forward once you see yourself achieving these things. It also creates personal accountability which is another key way to stay on track.
#4 Take a Break
One for the tough things about working from home is having a work/ life balance. Everything seems to become blended in together which really doesn’t help anyone much at all. I find that taking set breaks throughout the day and week is important to ‘reset’ my mind and thoughts and be refreshed in getting back to work.
Remember, life’s not all about work…
#5 Set Ground Rules
Whether you live alone, with friends or with your family this tip will help you get more done.
When others see that you are working from home they tend to miss out on the first part… ‘working’ and think it’s cool to just come and chat with you or ask you to hang out. That’s nice and all but it can become very distracting and can keep you from achieving your goals and staying focussed. It’s important to set some ground rules and let the people you care about and live with know that you are in fact working between certain times.
This will reduce frustration for everyone involved because they will come to know when you are working and work with you rather than distracting you.
#6 Change Up Location
Some people like to work in an office, some people like to work at the local park or coffee shop. Whatever works for you is fine but I have found that switching it up now and then helps keep me motivated. I wholeheartedly like the idea of having an office don’t get me wrong, but shaking things up a little bit can keep things interesting which in turn can boost motivational levels.
Personally, I wouldn’t do this every day but maybe a new location a couple of times per week can be a good thing. It works for me.
#7 Reward Yourself
After all of this hard work, planning and goal setting it’s important to reward yourself for your efforts. This could be something as simple as a nice coffee, your favourite chocolate or sweet, a night out or even a holiday.
Whatever it might, rewarding yourself can be a great way for you to enjoy the fruits of your hard work and give yourself that personal recognition for a job well done. A lot of people tend to focus on the things they are not doing or haven’t achieved, but it’s important to reflect on what you HAVE achieved and reward your efforts.
This will lead to greater satisfaction and self respect which will in turn lead to better performance.