Hey loves it feels like it’s been a while since I have done a sit down blog post just chatting to you all about life! I have to admit the past month was a whirlwind of some crazy new changes, and I want to share something I get commonly asked, but also something I constantly have to be on top of – maintaining motivation AND productivity as I work from home!
If you didn’t know, I work from home, I have worked from home for about the past year or so. It’s really something I’m grateful for in so many ways, but it comes with a lot of temptation to basically lay in your bed all day and do nothing, let’s be honest. How do I combat this temptation everyday and get my work done? Well, I’ll tell you!
I set an alarm every day.
Even though I am not reporting to a workplace and commuting, this doesn’t mean I lost the responsibility to set an alarm all the sudden. I still have a business to run and upkeep, therefore setting an alarm is crucial! This is something I am not perfect at, some days I really reallyyyy want to just hit snooze 5,000 times. That’s okay, we’re all human! I never break this habit of setting my alarm and setting a goal of when is ideal to wake up by.
I work at my office / desk space. NOT the bed.
This is a big big tip here for anybody working from home. I find that working in a productive space leads to productive behavior, aka motivation! If I work in bed all day, sure I will get things done, but I will feel more lazy and tired. I force myself to get up and move over to my office space to get the work done instead, this leads to a much more efficient day for me!
I try my best to space out time slots through the day where I know what hours I want to sit and get work done, and what times I should get up and take a mini break. Even though I am working from home and it’s a relaxed environment, that doesn’t mean your girl doesn’t deserve a break! It’s super easy to either get too caught up into work and overload, or to neglect TOO much work and never get anything done. I like to find an in-between. I’ll get up straight away in the morning, and dedicate a chunk of hours to my work, and then I find a 30 minute break or so to step away, etc..
I use a planner!
I am one of those people that love to write out my tasks and plan things out, I find that I’m more motivated and efficient that way! Keep in mind, not everybody is like this, some people work better without a planner! I like to keep track of certain goals I am hitting for the week, checking off tasks I’ve completed, and so on.. This is a big help for me to maintain my motivation.
I keep things CLEAN around me!
I cannot FOCUS and work when there is a mess around me, I just cannot. I keep my space tidy and clean so I feel refreshed and ready to get to work for the day! This is a big thing for me to feel motivated. If my desk is a mess and there’s a bunch of trash everywhere, I just can’t get anything done. If you’re the same way, try to dedicate each evening to tidying up your space, you will notice a huge difference!
And that’s it! Not much to it, but I find these small tips help me maintain a motivational mindset and keep my business thriving! Working from home and being your own boss is really a wonderful thing, as long as you know how to manage it.
How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments below!