Here we are again – it’s a whole new year, and yup! the majority of us are still remote working. Despite the fact that I have been working from home even before the pandemic, there is definitely something about this unique and drawn out set of circumstances that make it super challenging to get and stay Motivated while working from home – whether you’re used to it or not! With that said, today, I wanted to share these 6 easy ways to get motivated while working from home.
I also have a little treat for you with a chance to win a gorgeous Cuba Boardroom Office Chair from Lakeland Furniture to win to zhuzh up your home work space – see below!
1. Don’t think about it as work
Crazy as this might sound, but seriously…have you ever tried thinking of work, not as work – but as a game? I have a little technique I’m going to share with you. I use Trello to put all my morning and afternoon tasks on. The game is this: you have to zap all the tasks on the morning section, and then the afternoon session before your time is up. It is incredible how looking at your work in this gamified way not only makes everything seem less arduous, but also motivates you to complete everything with gusto too!
2. Reward yourself
In my book, waiting until the end of the day is just too far away for a reward. Instead, try building in an after lunch reward. I tend to work through lunch and then straight after, I treat myself to a little reward. Usually, this is an hour’s long walk in nature or a trip to the local coffee shop to get a coffee and have a conversation with another human. For you, it might be something else. Of course, it’s important to pick something realistic and then stick to it!
3. Sort out your to-do list at the end of the day
Again – I use Trello for this (see above), but when you sort out your work flow at the end of the day, ready for the next, there are no qualms about what you have to sit down and do the following day. Be sure to create small, actionable goals. This way you’ll feel that as you work your way through your to do list, you’re making progress every step of the way.
4. Cut out the time wasters
These days, people want a zoom call for absolutely everything! Heck, I don’t know about you but I am definitely experiencing zoom fatigue. Before you let your diary get crammed with zoom after zoom call, think about whether you really need to book that in. Is it something that can be done over a quick email exchange instead? Would a zoom call with that person actually serve you? And if you do need to book in zoom calls, perhaps only agree to schedule them on specific days/times so they don’t take over your life.
5. Know when enough is enough
Nobody can be motivated every hour of the working day. If you’re starting to feel sluggish or finding it hard to stay focused, then it’s either time to take break, or quit for the day. Taking a break away from the screen during the day, and then letting go of the demands of work at the end of the day means you’ll likely be more focused and productive when you are sat down to work.
6. Rejig your work space
By the end of last year, I was so sick of how shabby our spare room-cum-home office was looking I couldn’t stand it any longer. So we decided to give it a massive overhaul – new carpet, new desk (we invested in a standing desk because I was getting so much back pain!), and a gorgeous new chair from Lakeland Furniture so I could alternate between standing and sitting. We also tidied up all the clutter into boxes under the bed, transformed the sleeping area into a daybed look. All the accessories we sourced on Amazon.
I worked with a grey and mustard palette as I love that look for home offices/work areas. We are still trying to source the right curtains to finish off the room but this is the result and I can not tell you how much having a better environment has helped with my work motivation levels!
I hope you found my tips on how to get motivated while working from home useful. I will especially be deploying number 4 this year! I would love to hear what else you to do to get motivated while working from home.
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