Working from home for some is a dream. For others, it's a very real reality that some days may not be as glamorous as imagined. Some of the most annoying parts of working a 9-5 job that requires in-person attendance become a nostalgic memory. Occasionally, dread sets in that can lead to lethargy and kill productivity.
In this article, we will be walking you through the key tips you need to learn to enhance and maintain your work from home motivation that will keep you going during tough times.
The points you need to remember are:
Know Your Priorities
Home office discipline doesn't come easy. That discipline is something that is cultivated over time. It's easy to forget what you are working toward when you don't have your priorities in order or have someone looking over your shoulder to make sure you are staying on track.
Knowing why you are working, whether it's location independence, financial independence, or just because you enjoy working from home helps to keep focus.
Take the time to write down a list of six reasons why you are working and what you are working toward. Whenever you are feeling uninspired, take a look at the list and mull it over.
Use The Pomodoro Method
Many people wonder how to be productive, or how to be more productive in their daily work setting. One of the most effective answers that time and time again proves itself useful is the use of the Pomodoro Method.
The Pomodoro method is a Japanese system of work optimization that makes the most out of the limitations of the human attention span. It requires workers to work in twenty-five minute intervals, separated by a mandatory five-minute break that is meant to serve as a refresher period.
These breaks, help to realign focus and to allow you to do whatever you have to do. This can be smoking a cigarette, checking facebook, or just taking a moment to stretch and grab another cup of coffee or check your email.
It's only effective if you plan out your work in advance and use the twenty-five-minute intervals to get important work done. This doesn't mean checking your email or brainstorming; it means actual active work.
Set A Semi-Strict Schedule
One of the most significant contributors to higher productivity and motivation is routine. While routine can be annoying to some to others, it's not because it's a simple, meaningful way to slip directly into your day automatically.
Your body responds to stimuli that are grounded in memory; this can be from sounds, sights or other things, but commonly an alarm clock. Beyond this, it's up to you to carve out exactly how your day needs to go so that you can be as effective as possible.
Your schedule is the guide for how successfully or unsuccessfully your day will go. While it's important to be as on your schedule as possible, it's important to maintain realistic standards and understand that sometimes things pop up. You can use daily planners to keep your schedule organized.
It's impossible to hit every part of your schedule every time correctly. Sometimes you have to plan for when things don't go exactly right and not get discouraged.
Separate Your Work Space
A huge motivation killer for many remote or home-based workers is the inability to differentiate their workspace from where they live. One way you can is to set up a home office space. It doesn't necessarily need to be in another room, but it is the best way to do it.
Separating your workspace helps to break the association with your home as just a place to relax after work is done. Your workspace area also helps to provide an organized area for you to break down essential tasks and brainstorm without necessarily polluting the rest of your living space. It also helps to protect your projects from visitors or your family.
It’s not a secret that exercise does wonders for focus and motivation. It also helps to stimulate creativity and bolsters energy in the long term. Being stuck inside for long periods of time can constrict blood flow as well and lead to fat gain and muscle loss.
Getting exercise can be as simple as going for a run when it’s nice outside or hitting the gym to take out some stress. It’s been shown that regular exercise has a positive correlation with an increase in productivity and workflow.
Don’t Stay Isolated
Isolation does terrible things to people over time. Social skills are one of the most valuable assets a remote worker or entrepreneur has. Isolation is one of the easiest ways to dull your mind and increase the likelihood of stress-related depression. Social activity is not only fun, but it is necessary to maintaining mental health.
Sometimes everyone needs to be treated. If you are living a strict lifestyle, whenever you need a motivational starter, consider picking up something small that you wanted.
Every time you reach a goal or are consistently productive, it's important to remind yourself why you are working hard despite not having an audience, and for some, that means a small reward.
Naps are some of the most effective tools for rejuvenating mental acuity and processing information. Some days a short nap can be the perfect way to reset and get back into work mode. Take a fifteen to thirty-minute nap, because any longer can lead to an increase in lethargy opposed to getting rid of it.
Motivation is one of the most accessible feelings to summon but the hardest to maintain. It requires creativity and effort to keep it up. Unlike working in an office, working from home involves self-discipline to sustain progress and prevent succumbing to lethargy.