How to Stay Motivated Working from Home
The stats speak for themselves. Working from home is a ‘crowd pleaser’ according to researchers at Thomson Reuters who found that nine in ten people preferred working from home and 69% wanted to maintain some of their work from home practices when restrictions lifted.
While we don’t argue with the stats, there’s no denying that motivating ourselves to actually get work done is a struggle some of us face. You’re dealing with everyday distractions, 101 other things on your to do list, those DIY projects you’ve been putting off and your couch calling for an afternoon siesta.
On top of this, the fact that you don’t have to dress up and show up at work, and missing out on your water cooler catch ups with your colleagues, makes it even harder to stay motivated while working from home during the COVID19 pandemic.
We share five things you can do to help you motivate yourself through a productive day.
Develop a bulletproof morning routine
The best way to start any day and get into the productive and motivated swing of things is to start with the right mindset, and the best way to do this according to mindset and habits coach, Michael Pietzrak, is to create a Bulletproof Morning Routine. He says, “Rising early with strong habits unlocks a kind of joy in you that is only believed when experienced. It’s only when we live with joy that we can become our best selves.”
Put together a work schedule
The more productive you are, the more motivated you are, and the more motivated you are, the more productive you can be. It’s a never-ending cycle. Putting together a daily work schedule is another practice that fuels productivity and will help you stay motivated to make it through your work from home day. Betsy Ramser Jaime shares her tips on how to effectively put together a Work From Home Schedule that you can implement for yourself.
Factor in distractions
In her article on motivation for Wisdom Times, soft skills trainer, Mourmita Basu, talks about the importance of distractions and how to factor them into your day. Distractions are inevitable and helpful. They give you the well-deserved break you need from tirelessly working away at your computer, helping us stay motivated to continue working. What’s important is that you factor these distractions into your work schedule and timelines, giving you enough time to meet deadlines.
The benefits of incorporating physical activity into your day are huge. Not only is it great for your health and both physical and mental wellbeing, but it also relieves stress and keeps you motivated. Over and above this, daily exercise improves your productivity at work by keeping you alert and giving you some much needed energy during an otherwise sedentary day. Find something physical you enjoy to do daily, whether it be cycling, the gym, yoga or taking your dog for a walk around the block.
Your colleagues used to be a main source of daily human interaction before the coronavirus, and so staying in touch with your team is not only useful in incorporating normality during this time, but it’s also a great way to fuel daily motivation and productivity. Make time for daily or weekly virtual check ins and find new ways to connect with colleagues you no longer see in-person every day. CNBC Make It share some great ideas and ways co-workers are staying connected.
Do you incorporate any of these into your day? How do you manage to stay motivated when you’re working from home day in and out? We’d love to hear from you.