The idea of working from home entices everyone, but in reality, it isn’t as easy as most people think. It is true that you will reap some benefits such as more flexibility over your time, no commuting to and from work daily, no annoying workers and no boss standing over you for the whole day.
Working from home jobs, however, have their own tricks, and, above all, you need to stay motivated. Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated when working from home.
Define your workspace
Motivation starts with how your workspace looks like. It’s important that you set it up strictly for working. Think of it as having a bedroom where you sleep, parking where you park your car or even the kitchen where you prepare your food.
Have you tried working from the kitchen, or the bedroom? Chances are, you got everything messed up.
You, therefore, need a space where you will give maximum focus on your work. It doesn’t need to be an elaborate office, but something close to that won’t do any harm. A comfortable chair and a simple desk will help you stay organized and on task.
This way, you will have a better focus and will be efficient in delivering your work while at home.
Create a schedule
Being your own boss means you have no worries about the time you wake up or set the alarm daily to wake you up. You don’t need an attendance management system because you make your own rules. Even though you have the powers to set your own hours, you also have the responsibly to complete your day’s task on time.
It is therefore important that you create a schedule for your day’s work. After you’ve created a plan, stick to it. It can be easy to be distracted while at home than when in your workplace. You need to set deadlines to work towards your goals to stay productive through disturbances.
The passion for expanding your business might push you to work extra hard. But you might end up exhausted by the amount of effort you put in. Overloading yourself could put too much pressure on you and eventually fail to deliver. To prevent this, schedule breaks throughout the day.
It is healthy to sideline your business activities to take care of yourself occasionally. You could, for instance, take tea breaks, lunch breaks, and a few minutes to catch up with friends and family. You will find out that you work more efficiently with several breaks during the day.
Get the right gear
Depending on the job you plan to do from home, you need specific tools to best complete the work. Every organization has its unique needs when choosing the right tool for the job.
However, some common tools you could start with when working from home includes
— Cell phone
— Supplies and equipment to perform services or make products
— Comfortable chair (you might be sitting for a while – there is nothing more demotivating than an uncomfortable chair)
Whether you need these tools to communicate with customers, to create a product or to stay organized, you need to look for the ideal tools to suit your needs.
You may need to do some research on the best tools before buying them.
It can be more challenging to set limits while working from home than it is when in the office. It is, however, essential that you set boundaries since lack of it is an enemy of productivity.
Setting boundaries help you evade destructions that encourage procrastination. Some distractions come in the form of a friend popping up for coffee, or a partner asking you to assist with home chores. Be clear with friends and family that you are actually working and that you would contact them once you are out of the office.
Minimize digital distractions
Social media and emails are the major sources of destructions and a challenge when working from home. It might be quite hard to get rid of them but at least turn their notifications off. Logoff from these sites to avoid regularly checking on them.
When you are working on something challenging or feeling demotivated, you might be tempted to log in again to these sites.
Get apps like Freedom and StayFocused. They help block the sites you tend to visit every time and procrastinating during the day.
Working from home isn’t easy. You get to face a lot of challenges that make you push your work a little longer. You, however, need to manage your time, and by doing so, you need to stay motivated. The above ways on how to stay motivated when working from home will help you out in getting things done.
8 thoughts on “How to Stay Motivated When Working From Home”
Hi there. I just caught your article on Google+. Yeah, I have been working from home for a couple of months now and it is harder than I thought it would be. What do you think is the best online work to get into?
Hi Trish, sometimes it is hard to stay motivated while working from home, but just following some of the basic tips can help to keep you on track.
What sort of work are you doing? I have been doing affiliate marketing for a couple of years now. I was previously involved with a multi level marketing group but I found it a grind having to convince clients to join up etc… not my scene. Online marketing suits me better so I am not in the face of prospects all the time.
I couldn’t agree more with your post. It’s spot on. I’m currently juggling a full-time on-site job and a part-time home-based business I fit into whatever nooks and crannies of time I have. I’ve got this fairly primitive setup in the basement, and it’s my sanctuary. Having a dedicated space at home where only work takes place is critical. Talking about primitive, I’m looking to upgrade the comfort level a bit, starting with the chair. Any ideas of a good place to check out online?
All the best,
Hi Norman, thanks for your comments. I know what its like – setting up a nice space to work in. I have only just upgraded my chair as well, lol! its worth it. It all helps you stay motivated especially when you are working a full time job while setting yourself up online.
All the best for you efforts, Norman.
Excellent article. I struggle with discipline when working from my computer – sometimes I’ll only get out two articles in a week and not do any training or education because I just lack the discipline. Then I thought to myself – I could go out to work and work 8 hours straight to make someone else’s dreams come true – why shouldn’t i put that level of dedication into my own dreams? Some of your tips will really help me. Thanks.
Hi Jack. I love what you say about putting 8 hours a day into someone else’s dream in a job, but we struggle with the same dedication in our own business … it is so true. Knowing how to stay motivated and being able to focus your energy will turn this around. Thanks for your comments.
Your post is right up my alley. My wife and I have had a business since 2000 and we have always worked from home. And now, I have added affiliate marketing to the mix of at home work.
As you say, there are many advantages, not the least of which is avoiding the commute (I commute about 40 feet down the hall LOL)!
Fortunately, I have a great work space where I spend a great deal of time.
However, I’m not great at scheduling and perhaps that’s something I need to work on. I am good at taking breaks though!
I’ve got all the right gear as you mention including a great work outfit (my pajamas).
Anyway, these are useful tips that you’ve given us – even for an old pro like me!
Thanks for your comments Christopher. Im a bit like you.. scheduling he day is a bit of an issue for me too. Great to hear some feedback from someone who has been in the business for a while.