Working from home is much different. How can you get work done without any of the help that you would normally receive from coworkers? Miss the social interaction? Staying motivated can be challenging. Never fear – we have you covered!
Try these techniques to stay motivated and be productive:
- Create Your Schedule/To Do’s for Tomorrow Before Bed. Make sure you complete your to do list for the next day prior to going to bed. You will sleep better, rest easier and can tackle the next day as you sit down to work. Getting organized first thing in the morning wastes a lot of time and eats into your productivity.
- Wake up Early. When you are working from home, you are still going to work, but the commute to your desk is much shorter. Set your alarm and try to get up and get ready for an early start. You may find that you are more productive earlier in the day, as your mind may be sharper. Also, think of all the commute time, gas, frustration, and energy you are saving!
- Get dressed. However, tempting it is to work in a pair of comfortable sweatpants or pajamas, you may be more productive in regular clothes. Research has shown that how you dress sends psychological signals, so if you want to get work done, it is important to dress appropriately. For me, I must blow dry my hair – however silly that may sound, it works!
- Take time to exercise. Set aside some time each day to get some exercise. Were you doing well at first and now you have slacked off? Today is a new day. Get moving. Regular exercise is good for both your body and mind. Go outside. Not leaving your house for days on end can negatively impact your mental health. Not only is sunlight good for your health but it is important too. Vitamin D plays an essential role in our health and wellness.
- Reward yourself. For instance, you could work for two hours straight and then reward yourself with a short, 30-minute walk while listening to a podcast or favorite video. This combo works amazingly well and sets you up for the rest of the day. Comedy is a great
- Update Your Workspace – New Vision Board. By now you have created your space for working at home. It is time for an update! Add some motivational quotes, a candle, an essential oil diffuser or other items that typically would not be allowed in a formal office setting. Even consider a work version of your Vision Board. Reading your Vision Board each day reminds your subconscious of the goals you are looking to achieve this year! Make a new one! Rework your goals.
- Limit social media. If you find yourself browsing Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram instead of working, set specific times to catch up with these outlets. I try to limit my social media to increments of 10-15 minutes at a time. Set a timer. When it beeps. Stop! It will take some discipline, but it will help keep you connected.
- Drink Lots of H2O. Your body needs water to function properly. You may be drinking a ton of caffeine, soda or even ending your day with some spirits. Try drinking ½ of your body weight in fluid oz of good clean water. For example, if you weigh 150lbs – drink 75 oz of water. Did you know that sometimes when you eat, you are hungry? Drinking plenty of water will limit your calories, help with digestion, improve your skin and is an overall insider tip to health and wellness.
Working from home can be challenging, but it is here to stay at some level. Get yourself organized and engaged. Stay on the positive side of this situation. One last bonus tip: Reach out to 3 friends a day and just tell them how important they are to you. It will change your day! Giving is the best!
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