Working from home is a great perk for many but does not come without a challenge. While many people view it as an easy way to stay comfy in pajamas all day, make easy money and get to binge-watch their favorite TV shows from 9-5, it actually requires a huge amount of discipline.
In order to work from home, you have to have the motivation to get all of the work done by it’s appropriate deadline, to get up in the morning despite having no office to report to, and to get started early enough in the day that you can still have the evenings off with your family.
It’s easy to feel tempted to take naps, watch TV or run errands, but you need to remain motivated during the day to get all of the work done in a timely manner. Here are some tips to keep up the motivation:
Why is it so Hard to Remain Motivated?
While many Americans begin shifting to work-from-home careers, they are noticing that normal motivators are gone. There is no hovering boss that is fighting for focus at work. Team meetings are also eliminated, which means deadlines can become blurry. The distraction of noisy coworkers that are waiting on your portion of the project to be complete disappears. All of these motivators are replaced with interruptions like your kids, the family dog, TV, the kitchen or the temptation of nap time.
How do you get Motivated Despite these Distractions?
Hire someone to watch the kids and let out the dog so that you can focus on getting your work done. While it’s nice to get to work whenever you want, you’ll be more motivated by a set schedule. Schedule short breaks between major work tasks so that you can still enjoy the kids, a snack or a nap.
Get dressed like you are going to the office. Pajamas aren’t going to cut it. Put the slippers away and put on real pants, a polo shirt and some shoes so that you feel like you are actually at a place of business. If you need a break from the house, you’ll be dressed and able to go work from another location if need be.
Mix up your schedule. Go to the office some days, to a coffee shop others, and even to a library to get some quiet work time outside of the home. Even if it’s just for half the day, it might help wake you up in the afternoon when your brain is starting to check-out.
Organize your Technological Distractions
When you use the same phone and email address for work and play, it’s hard to not accept personal calls in the middle of the morning or to avoid reading a party invitation your friend emailed you in the afternoon. Try to turn off personal devices and email accounts during the 9-5 workday so that you can stay focused, rather than end up working overtime due to distractions.
Get to the Root of the Problem
If you have work you like to do, it’s easier to stay motivated. People are more self-motivated when they like the work they are doing. You may need to consider if your lack of focus is due to burnout rather than distraction. Talk to your boss about new job tasks or a promotion.
If you wake up early, set a schedule, get dressed for the day, schedule breaks and get rid of distractions, working home should become more motivating. Be sure to find time to get some sunshine, exercise, communication with others and a reward system for yourself for completing the work.