Courtney’s Tips To Stay Motivated Working At Home
Working from home gives me more flexibility and freedom with where, when, and how I work. While studies have shown it can boost employee productivity, bosses can still have concerns over how efficiently time is used. When I speak to friends about working remotely, a common response is “I couldn’t work by myself”, followed by “I’d never get any work done”. It is easy to get distracted and lose motivation from time to time, but below are some rituals I follow to keep myself on the right track and on task.
Have A Set Wake Up Time
I’m really good at sleeping in and a big fan of the snooze button. And now that my office is a 30-second walk instead of a 30-minute commute, it is much more tempting to push back the start time. To keep me motivated and up early, I make myself go to fitness classes three times a week at 6:30 am. This hypes me up a bit, gets me hungry for some breakfast and ready to start the day. On other days I have a default alarm set for 7:30 am. There is nothing worse for me than losing half my day to sleep, so waking up early puts me in the right frame of mind.
Act Like You Are Going Into The Office
Before you leave the house for work; you get out of your PJs, have a shower, and brush your teeth. You might go for a walk, have breakfast, or just a coffee. All of these things can help you feel mentally ready for the work day ahead. I don’t see why this should change, as you are still going to work no matter where it is. Doing these activities every morning mentally prepares me for work and keeps me motivated.
Have A Dedicated Workspace
I don’t like to bring work home with me, but since I am at home it’s important to keep business and leisure as separate as I can. The spare bedroom is set up as my office, and I try to stay out of the main bedroom and living room as much as possible during work time. I even use the second bathroom during work hours and stay away from my ensuite. I surround my work area with paintings and plants to keep things vibrant. I’m in the process of setting up my other balcony as a more relaxed second workspace since it’s got great natural lighting and a breeze. I’ve laid down fake grass, and more plants.
Know When You Are Most Productive
I organise my day and tasks depending on when I know I’ll be most productive. I spend the morning in as much silence as I can – responding to emails, optimising and checking my client’s accounts. It’s also when I tackle anything I’m reluctant to do, so it doesn’t linger over me for the day. I’m more talkative after lunchtime, so that’s when my clients are likely to get a call from me. I leave all the big jobs for the afternoon when my brain has warmed up. That’s when I’m ready to analyse accounts and write reports.
Breaks, Breaks, Breaks.
Breaks are so important to refresh and recharge. It can be easy to get carried away with projects, skip lunch, or eat at your desk, but it’s important to learn to walk away – even if just for 15 minutes. I usually go for a 10-15 minute walk after I eat, and deliberately leave errands for the middle of the day to help me get outside. During business hours is also a great time to go to the gym (or run said errands in a shopping centre). It helps me avoid the chaos that is usually there outside of work hours!
We hope these tips will help you feel motivated as well! We’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas or comments.
Written by Courtney Wilkinson