How to Stay Motivated Working from Home
Is remote work any good?
It turns out it is, at least when we’re talking about stress levels. One research comes with amazing statistics! Up to 82 per cent of remote workers reported lower stress in comparison to standard office work. And even boosts morale! Who would have said that up to 80% of workers reported higher morale when working from home, by the study done by PGI, a leading provider of software services.
If you’re working from home
… but still struggling to find a motivation to finish your job we have a few fantastic productivity tips to help you along the way. And the first tip we will give you is to make a schedule and stick to it. Just because you don’t have to rise up at a certain time and go to work doesn’t mean you don’t need to have a structured day. To prevent yourself from procrastinating and making your workday a pyjama party make a schedule and stick to it. Soon enough, you will realise that you’re able to do your tasks faster and you will be able to enjoy your day instead of dragging your work all day.
Avoiding distractions is crucial for the ones working from home.
Office as well is full of distractions. Maybe your coworkers love to listen to some music during work hours, and that is distracting you. Some of them like to talk… There are plenty of distractions when you start thinking about it. However, the ones who are working from home are more prone to distractions than the ones who don’t. And that is because everything in your home is set to meet your needs and is so easy to binge on something. Plus, while working from home, you have complete freedom to do as you please and you feel freer then working in the office.
If you’re working from home, and the situation is going to be like this for a while, the right idea is to set up the office space in your apartment which will be completely free from the usual distractions such as TV is for instance. Another great tip is to clear your work desk and keep it tidy as you can to prevent yourself from being distracted.
Take regular breaks
Some days are just not meant to be productive. However, you might be in trouble if you find this situation repeating. Having regular breaks may help you stay motivated. You can even spend half of your workday working from home, and the other in a coffee shop. A walk between will make you more relaxed, and it will give you an opportunity to rest and finish the work with enthusiasm!
Dress for success
Like we’ve said before – just because you work from home, it doesn’t mean you should stay in your pyjamas whole day. Even if you don’t see another person for an entire day, the psychological moment of dressing yourself will make you feel more motivated and eager to work. You will feel happier about yourself too!
It’s all about the equipment.
If you’re working from home, the first and most important step for you is to invest in your gear. A good laptop and stable internet connection are indeed the most important things for remote workers. Just the mere thought of waiting a whole eternity for your computer to turn on or to load the page or process photo in Photoshop puts us out of the work mode. That’s why investing in your equipment is crucial for boosting up your motivation while you’re working from home.
Motivate yourself to learn new things
The office environment can be great sometimes because you’re actually sharing the room with different people. And most of them wouldn’t have the chance to meet otherwise. They can broaden your horizons with their perspective and knowledge, and they can actually push you to start learning new things. And that’s something you don’t have while working from home. To stay motivated while working from home try setting up small goals and learn some new skill which will help you advance.
You might find this one odd, after all, we’re talking about the motivation tips here. However, eating healthy can be a challenge for remote workers. It’s like staying in a pyjama. If you fail to make yourself organised soon enough, you will finish with a pizza and Coca-cola beside you. Opting for a home prepared meal is an excellent way to stay healthy and more agile. Even if it takes more effort to prepare it, you will be a whole lot happier about the choice you’ve made and more determined and motivated to work. It’s all connected, so be careful to have a well balanced and healthy meal while you’re telecommuting.
Remember how lucky you are
People tend to lose perspective on things once they get out of the tough situation. If you don’t feel you have enough motivation for work while at home, try thinking about all those people, who spent an hour or two travelling to work. They practically lost the whole day working and getting themselves ready for work. So if you’re in a company which enables you to work remotely start appreciating that fact. And remember, lots of people envy you right now.
Find a work buddy
It’s always better to work in a company. After all, all humans need company. If you are full time, the remote worker tries finding another person in your environment who does the same and team up to work together. Having another person working beside you will ensure your procrastination days are long gone. Find that special someone work-wise who will prevent you from losing your tempo and dragging your work throughout the day.
Make it clear in your head.
… and your friend’s heads as well that even if you’re working from home, you are still working. The most significant prejudice about remote work is that you’re actually working less. This situation can make your friends prone to asking favours in your work time. Watch their dog, let the repairman in their house or something else is a big no-no. Just as you are able to set ground rules for yourself and stick to your routine make your friends know that even if you’re at home you’re still on schedule and they should value your time as much as their value their own. Your motivation will be on point without people calling you to do them favours instead of them.
This one goes mainly for the ones who are running their own business by working from home. Sometimes a load of paperwork can distract you from tasks that actually bring you money. And resolving often tedious bureaucracy stuff can kill your motivation like nothing. Make sure you prioritise tasks you need to do and fix things promptly.
The best things are left for the end.
Many people say that remote workers are the future of work and we cannot say we don’t see the logic behind this. That means we would have to adjust ourselves to work effectively in an environment where’s nobody to supervise us. Don’t let go of yourself. It’s all about the mindset and adjusting. Make the best out of your remote work by following out tips.
A cat enthusiast and a cupcake maniac, Ana is a freelance Content Writer passionate about HR, productivity, and team management topics. When she’s not at her keyboard, you can find Ana in the kitchen, trying to make delicious cookies.