Working from home can be draining and discouraging. When you’re at home, it’s very tempting to enter relaxation mode when you shouldn’t be. However, this time working from home can be invaluable, and you might not be using it to its full potential by entering your home mindset.
Here are some tips on staying motivated when you’re working from home:
Exercise is not only necessary for good health but also improves focus and creativity. You must make time to take care of yourself in order to take care of your work. Find a regular time every day where you can fit in a workout. When your body is moving, your mind is moving. An example of free home workout videos on YouTube are from Fitness Blender, which you can find here.
Make a list of goals.
Every night, make a list of short-term and long-term goals that need to be done by the time the economy gets back up and running. Put this list on your mirror or a place you will see it every morning. Make sure your short-term goals contribute to your long-term goals. The last thing you want is to come up short when the economy starts up again.
Maintain a ritual.
Anything you can do to transition your brain from vacation mode to work mode will make an enormous difference. Eat your meals as you would during your work hours. Carve out a work space in your house that is free from distractions. Dress for work even if you are not seeing clients. Don’t listen to music or watch TV. Just don’t. You might want to let people you cohabitate with know that you take your work seriously and are limiting distractions so they can help you in this effort.
Read motivational books.
Take time outside of your work hours to read materials that will motivate you to unlock your fullest potential. The Harvard Business Review;’s Must-Reads Series offers fantastic books filled with fascinating articles and research on various business topics, including leadership, strategy, emotional intelligence, mental toughness, and many more. Check them out here.
Limit social media time.
This step may be especially helpful for you if news about the pandemic tends to make you antsy. Although it’s tempting to check social media and news updates during your work hours, you might check the time and notice you spent a significant amount of time goofing off. Get an extension on your browser that blocks social media sites like StayFocusd here. Place your phone as far from your workspace as possible. That way, you’ll have to physically get up to check it, which makes it more inconvenient to check it on a whim.
Make time for yourself.
Reward is a powerful tool when challenging yourself. Although you want to keep yourself motivated to work, you also need to make time for yourself so you’re polished and ready to get back to it. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. It’s better to make this time structured so you know what to “earn” for yourself as you work. Make a note of when you will exercise, sleep, cook dinner, take a bath, watch a movie, or unblock and check the social media sites. You can find ideas for this step in our article here.
Our jobs are challenging enough as is without the stresses of being quarantined at home for a long time. That’s why it’s important to structure your day and space as you would a normal work day. There are going to be some things that are easy to do at home that you shouldn’t do at work. But the way you handle your body, space, and time, although seemingly insignificant, hugely impact your returns.