When you are employed by someone else as opposed to working for yourself, motivation usually comes by way of anticipating pay day. If you don't show up for work and put in the hours you won't get paid and are likely to get sacked. You may find your colleagues or your ambition of getting promoted provide motivation. When you freelance you don't have these forms of motivation.
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Here are eight tips which may help you get motivated when you work from home.
1. Remember why you are doing the work you have chosen
Is it because you want to be available for your children or others who depend on you for care?
Does the freedom of working from home appeal?
Is it so you can pursue a hobby and turn it into a business?
Write down your reason. Put one or two goals in writing and display them where you can see them to keep yourself focussed and motivated.
2. Draw up a timetable
Allocate time for your work, housework, family responsibilities and personal time.
Allow regular breaks.
Decide on a start and finish time.
Set aside specific days of the week for work.
Make a decision about when you are going to take holidays.
It is as important to allocate 'time off' as it is to allocate time for work. Time off allows you to recharge your batteries.
3. Set yourself small goals and deadlines
Write down goals, keeping them small so they are easy to achieve.
Set deadlines for tasks.
Write lists of things to do and cross items off as they are achieved.
If you find yourself getting downhearted because you don't feel you are achieving enough, keep these lists to look back at. You may be surprised to see how much you are getting done each day.
4. Use whatever motivates you
You don't have to share this information with others if you don't feel your personal rewards are 'professional'. If awarding yourself stars and stickers works, do it. If you have a 'guilty pleasure' that motivates you, take advantage of it.
5. Set aside a specific area for your work
If you are able to dedicate a room as your office, that's great. Many people have to settle for a desk in their bedroom and others have to make do with a corner in a communal area of their home or use the kitchen table.
Make the most of what you have. Even if your work space is tiny, make it organised and a pleasant place to be. The important thing is that it works for you. A stationery tray for pens, paper clips, post its and such is better than having to get up and look through drawers every time you need a specific item. A plant may lift your spirits.
6. Make the effort to dress as you would for the office
Some people working from home claim to be productive slothing around in their pyjamas as they balance their laptop on their knees while they sit on the couch. If this does work for you, keep doing it. However, research has found most people respond positively to having a shower, doing their hair and dressing as they would for the office. It helps get their brain into 'work mode'.
7. Find others to motivate you
While it is great not to have people distracting you from your work, many benefit from interacting with others.
Meet others in related fields to provide inspiration and bounce ideas off each other
Share your goals with like minded people.
8. Make a motivation board
Pin copies of congratulatory letters, praise, awards, certificates etc to a board to remind yourself of past successes. Display it where you can see it while you work.
Take advantage of whatever acts to motivate you when you are working from home. If what you are currently doing isn't working for you, then try something different. Remember if you are new to working from home, it will get easier with time as you get into a routine.
Yes. I always keep myself dedicated to my online work, and don't pay too much of attention to other things, I completely dedicate myself to work, and I work for long hours. I work as if I live to work :)