This is a guest post by Vanessa Lang.
I know very well how difficult it can be to stay motivated while working from home. I’ve been struggling with procrastination for years, and now that I don’t have a boss or supervisor looking over my shoulder every five minutes, I have found that it is even harder to stay on task. I thought that getting away from the distractions of an office would help me focus on my work, and it did at first. However, now that I have settled in and started to get into a routine at home, it is becoming more and more difficult to block out the distractions I have at home.
At first, I thought it would be great working from home. I’d get to work in my pajamas, do some household chores throughout the day, and run errands in an emergency. What I soon found out was that this relaxed mindset would only get me into trouble. I would need a strict routine if I wanted to get anything accomplished, so I came up with a few strategies that have worked for me. While these tricks may have suited my lifestyle, they may not all work for you, but if you are having trouble staying motivated while working from home, you may want to try at least a few of these strategies.
Start Your Day with a Smile
This seems so simple, but when you wake up with a positive attitude, it can make a world of difference in your accomplishments that day. Figure out something you look forward to at work each day, and think of it as soon as you open your eyes in the morning. This should help you get energized and excited for the day ahead.
The second thing you should do in the morning is get ready for work just as you would if you were going into the office. Take a shower, brush your hair, and put on some nice cloths. You don’t have to wear a suit every day, but at least try to put on something that says, “I’m going to work now” not, “I’m going to lie in bed all day.”
The last thing you should do before you go to your home office is eat a good breakfast and take some time for you. The breakfast will, again, help energize you and get you ready for the work day ahead, and that extra time you give yourself will help you put yourself in the best mood possible for your work day. Drink a cup of coffee or watch your favorite morning show, and during this time think positive thoughts about work. This will be much better for your state of mind than if you were to use this time thinking I don’t want to work today.
Create Your Work Space
Wherever you decide to work should only be used for your job. That way, when you sit down at your desk or other work space, you will train your brain to go into work mode. When you are done for the day, you should be able to leave this work space and the stress of the work day behind you.
Whatever you do, don’t choose to work from your bed. Not only will this probably hurt your back and neck, but it could also disrupt your sleep cycle. If you work from bed long enough, your brain will think that this is a place for work, not necessarily for rest. Therefore, when you go to sleep at night, your thoughts of work could keep you tossing and turning.
Take a Time Out
After a few hours of work, everyone’s mind can get a little fuzzy, so make sure you are taking scheduled breaks throughout the day. Not only will this keep you focused, but it will also give you something to look forward to after a few hours of hard work. Reward yourself at these times for your accomplishments, or take some time to do those household chores you’ve been thinking about. Take some time to step away from your computer, telephone, or whatever else you’ve been using for work, and give yourself a break. You definitely deserve it.
About the author
Vanessa Lang is an author who writes guest posts on the topics of business, marketing, credit cards, and personal finance. Additionally, she works for a website that focuses on educating readers about the advantages and disadvantages on online payday loans.