How To Stay Motivated When Working From Home
Working from home offers flexibility and convenience, but it can also be a struggle to stay motivated when left to your own devices. With no boss looking over your shoulder or nosey co-workers to keep tabs on you, it can be easy to fall into the same time-wasting activities and loose focus. So, if you suddenly find yourself five episodes deep into a Netflix marathon, check out these simple tips to stay motivated and get your hustle back on when working from home:
1. Routine, Routine, Routine!
If there's one key to staying focused when working from home, it's developing a routine. Just as you would wake up at the same time everyday, shower, dress, eat breakfast and head out the door to an office job, setting up a similar routine when working from home will give you a sense of direction and focus. Start by mapping out your preferred working hours and a guideline as to what tasks to perform during those times. Remember, that there are no rules here! Night owls may find they're more productive starting "work" later in the day and working through the evening, whilst morning people may be prefer to get a head-start before most have even woken up.
2. Work That Space
Whether it's a dedicated home office or little nook in the corner of the living room, having a work space to call your own is going to assist with productivity. Streamline your work process by ensuring all work documents are easily accessible and on-hand for when you need them - that way there's no chance you'll get distracted by having to go hunting around the house for items.
3. Shut Off The Socials
Slow your scroll and log out of those social media accounts during working hours. As tempting as it may be to just sneak a quick look at your social timeline, before you know it you'll have wasted countless hours scrolling through cat videos, memes and "fake news". If you absolutely cannot live without your daily fix of Facey, then try to limit your log-ins by scheduling social media breaks at set times throughout the day or setting time-limits for sessions.
4. Change Your Scenery
If cabin fever has set in and you're sick of staring at the same blank walls day in, day out, why not relocate to the nearest coffee shop for a change of scenery? We all work in different ways and while some of us may love the piece and quiet that working from home brings, for others the silence may prove difficult to concentrate in, preferring instead for some background noise. If coffee shops aren't your thing, there's also myriad co-working spaces popping up all over the place which offer the chance to rent a desk in a shared space with other like-minded freelancers.
5. Find Your Tribe
If you find yourself struggling with the isolation of working from home, then why not create a community of fellow work-from-homers that you can network and socialise with? You may find that there are many people in a similar situation in your local area who would be keen for a weekly catchup over coffee, or others throughout the country who you can schedule a Skype conference with to bounce ideas off.
What are your tips for staying motivated when working from home? Let us know in the comments below!