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How to stay motivated working from home

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Working from home is a convenient way to run a business or to manage office workloads remotely, but it can sometimes be difficult to remain motivated.  However, there are some essential tips on how to stay motivated working from home.

Organise the Day

If you have a plan to follow, you are less likely to deviate from any work, so make a list of all the things that need to be accomplished each day. This can be done the night before and as each item from the list is completed, tick it off and you will see just how much you are achieving. To keep motivated it is essential to allocate a realistic amount of time for each task, this way you will not become despondent if you have not ticked of every item from your daily list.

Allocate a work space

Your home is a place you associate with relaxation and it can be tempting to view it in the same way whilst working. Being surrounded by distractions such as television, books and food are all threats to motivation. To overcome these potential problems, allocate a specific room or space where you can work so that you associate this area with the working day.

Don’t Stay in Your Pyjamas

If you have no need to leave the house, you may think it easier to remain in your night clothes, but on a psychological level it is almost like telling yourself the day has not begun. Getting dressed is a mental trigger that the working day has started and there are things that need to be done.

Set Hours of Work

working from homeMuch like allocating time to each of the tasks on your list, setting working hours allows you to organise your day fully. The flexibility of working from home may allow you to work when you are most productive and not within times that are dictated by employers. Take advantage of this and plan to work when you know you are at your most motivated. This could be morning noon or night, but do set specific times so you are not tempted to wander off and do other things. Ensure you stick to the same working hours each day so that this becomes a set pattern and is always associated with work time.

Get it Over With

If you have a task that fills you with dread, grasp it and do it first so it is completed sooner rather than later. Should you leave it to later on in the day, it can be tempting to continue to procrastinate which will only prolong the inevitable. Once this task is completed the sense of accomplishment will motivate you to continue with the rest of the day’s work.

Break it Up

Looking at the bigger picture can be overwhelming, so rather than viewing tasks in their entirety, break them up into separate pieces so they are more manageable. Half the battle of completing work is actually beginning a task, so if you know you only need to take it a section at time, with the initial component allocated fifteen minutes of your time for example, you are more likely to want to begin.

Think of the Money

If you view your work as a way to earn a wage (which it is!) you are more likely to remain motivated. Being determined to make as much money as is feasible each day can help you plough through multiple tasks, and actually visualising the worth of each activity is another way to keep on track.

Dangle a Carrot

If you worked for a firm you would probably earn bonuses or motivational rewards, but as you work from home it is your responsibility to reward yourself. This could be anything from a night out at the end of the week or a book by your favourite author at the end of the day: choose whatever will motivate you to get the work done.

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About Denise Morgan

About Denise Morgan

Denise has five years' experience writing for various web-based companies. During this time she has also contributed to magazine articles and brochures. In addition to writing, Denise is a gigging singer/songwriter and is proud to have featured on the first series of BBC One's The Voice UK, having been selected by the great Sir Tom Jones. Denise is mother to the most talented and ridiculously intelligent two year old that has ever been and ever will be (until she creates another one that is). This kind of hyperbole is restricted only to her progeny and is not a reflection of her usual writing styles... Denise and her son live in Manchester along with their five cats - yes that's right, five.

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