How I Stay Motivated While Working From Home

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!

Time-Management!

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!

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12 Comments

  1. November 7, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Loved this post, I also work from home at the moment and it can be so hard to stay motivated. I always make sure I’m working at my desk than in my bed, it’s so tempting to get my laptop on my lap in bed but I just know I’ll feel sleepy an hour later or so!

    Chloe xx
    http://www.chloechats.com

    • The Daily Chelsea
      Author
      November 7, 2018 / 1:29 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the post, definitely always get sleepy when I’m working in my bed haha that’s a big no no!

  2. November 7, 2018 / 2:25 pm

    These are some great ways to stay motivated! I think my biggest distraction would be my tv and my bed 😂🙈. To stay motivated I write to-do lists, plan my time and use my diary and bullet journal. Thank you for sharing!

    • The Daily Chelsea
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      TV and bed are deffo HUGE distractions! To-do lists are great, love that as a tip!

  3. November 7, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Great post, you’re so right! Well done you for making the transition of working at home, it is definitely not the easiest (especially not switching on snooze in the morning)!

    • The Daily Chelsea
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 1:42 pm

      Most definitely is tempting to hit snooze haha, glad you liked the post!

  4. November 8, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    These are great tips, hopefully one day I can work from home.

    • The Daily Chelsea
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Glad you liked the post and found it useful!

  5. November 8, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    This is so relatable! There are some days where getting up feels impossible when you don’t strictly have to do stuff at a certain time. I always use my planners too, I can’t function without them! I think a big thing for me is knowing that I’m more productive at certain times of the day and scheduling tasks around that. Great post x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  6. November 8, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    Great tips! I’d love to work from home one day – I had a few months off between my current job and the one I had before and I can see the struggle it can be to find the motivation to get up early! Haha. I find having a tidy desk and area around me really does help me get motivated though. I can’t work either if it’s a mess! Thanks for sharing these tips 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

  7. November 8, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Regular breaks, keeping things organised in a diary, and a clear room/workspace = an uncluttered mind! Totally agree with everything you’ve said here. I recently worked from home for the first time and thought I would struggle but with enough self-discipline, working from home can be really productive and enjoyable because you have the comfort of your own things and environment. 🙂

    rhiangle.blogspot.co.uk

  8. November 10, 2018 / 1:38 am

    I tend to work from home on my couch in my living room, and I think it really messes up my work/life balance! I’d like to get a desk and organise it all so that I can just have a dedicated professional space to do my work. I definitely think that will help my motivation!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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