5 Ways To Stay Motivated When Working From Home
You’ve got it made right? While all those losers are stuck for hours on end in traffic on their commute, or are getting stressed out by that person who seems intent on making their life a misery (every workplace has one), you are able to rock up to work in your PJ’s if you want to, following a commute that is comprised of walking from your bedroom, to your home office, in which the only stress involved is occasionally tripping over the cat. So why don’t you feel motivated?
Here’s our top tips on staying on top form:
Establish a Healthy Routine
Although many of us claim to hate routine, often we actually thrive on it and it can make us generally happier and more productive to have one. We would suggest that your routine should take a similar pattern to those people who do not work from home. For example, having a set time for getting up, getting dressed and throughout your work day, have set time for breaks and lunch etc.
Whilst the fact that you can work in your PJ’s may seem cool for a while, it’s only a matter of time before your appearance begins to have an impact on how you view yourself. Self worth is an important part of how manage your mental health and a happy you is much more likely to remain motivated too. There are also practical reasons for getting dressed, like going out for a walk during breaks or meeting a friend for lunch, both of which will also help you stay on form.
Stay Social- Human beings are social animals, even those of us who think that we aren’t. Having regular social contact beyond the home is essential in maintaining good mental health. Perhaps make a point of going out to lunch a few times per week, if not to meet a friend, to at least have some level of conversation with someone you are not related to and is not a cat.
Get the Work Life Balance Right
Ideally this will be part of your routine in that you will have set working hours and will therefore finish at a set time. Try not to fall into the trap of just finishing that thing you’re working on, off before you clock off for the day, or just answering that final email. Before you know it, you will find the lines between work and home blurring which is not healthy for you or your family. You should ideally, try not to live in the area of the house where you work either. In other words, if possible have a set home office that is used only for that purpose, rather than having your laptop set up in the kitchen. That way you will find it easier to switch off from work when you should be.
Make sure you have everything you need to work from home
According to entrepreneur.com one of the most overlooked things that will affect your motivation when working from home, is not having all the tools you need to do so. It goes without saying then that it would be useful to make a list of all the things you think you will need in order to be effective in your work, then ensure that you get all you need put in place in your workspace before you begin working from home.
As well as following our top tips we would also recommend that you occasionally remind yourself of why you wanted to work from home in the first place and appreciate the fact that you can.