How to Stay Motivated When Working from Home
Working from home is now becoming a trend. There is a lot of debate that concerns a remote worker. Some of the young professionals say that it is a privilege as companies can let them work without their supervision. Others see it as not a serious professional job because of the flexibility they have or the freedom they get on doing what they feel like doing.
As a remote worker, one of the disadvantages that one might experience is that everyone may have this thinking that you are always available because of the flexibility on your working schedule. Often your family and close friends could interrupt you, violate your boundaries and has this notion that your work is not that serious than theirs.
While there are reports that the remote worker is more effective than office-based workers, not all people are successful and can thrive in the environment. If you are a type of person that easily get distracted, work from home is not best for you. For remote workers that are driven and focused on surviving the work from home environment, there are also challenges in staying focus and active.
Here are some pointers that will help one to stay motivated when working from home.
Set a regular schedule
It is necessary to establish a plan for a remote worker to be aware of how much time they need to spend on a certain project or deadline that needs to be done. It may sound unlikely, but this will help you become organize and a more productive person as you prioritize on things.
Home-based also requires you to look into your daily to-do list or task before you get up from the bed. This may sound basic, but this is the most important part as you need to prepare the required itinerary in your work. It is best to set and adhere to the working hours and require yourself to have a schedule.
Plan on your work day
Make a list of your most urgent task to the least important ones. A whiteboard can help you organize things to do for the day. Review each task and tick them off once they are done so that you have the visibility that you have accomplished your work. If possible, change your work norms so that it can send a signal to anyone that you are working.
Set a designated area for work
Create a workspace that would fit your needs and increase your productivity. It is important to invest on the desk that would suit your style, comfort and will give you benefits while working. A sit to stand desk is not your ordinary desk, it is a space saver and has health benefits. Working while standing can decrease the risk of many diseases. Nowadays many office workers complain about back pain; a sit to stand desk can reduce back pain as this prevents you from slouching and hunching over.
Remember, when choosing for the right workspace, that it must not wear you down. The tables and chairs should be comfortable. Always allow a few minutes at the end of your workday to remove things that somehow strayed onto your desk. A clean desk will give you a fresh start the next day and will keep you going throughout the day.
Dress to impress (yourself)
Did you know that the way you dress affects you psychologically? Working from home does not mean that you can no longer wear something fabulous. If you see your self dress successfully or in a nice outfit this can magnet positive aura. Set a standard for yourself to wear something that would as if a customer is waiting to do a skype call anytime. Ultimately, it is about respecting yourself and your work.
Don’t forget to take breaks
The major advantage of working from home is flexibility. Taking in between breaks is important. Rise and stretch. Socialize if you need to by calling some of your friends or family for a quick lunch or dinner. This will reinvigorate you and keep you going all throughout the day.
There is no perfect recipe as to how you can motivate yourself when working from home. The key on how to survive is by simply following and applying these steps over and over again. Making time for yourself or by simply taking ownership or credit has an empowering effect and it is linked with improved productivity.