Motivational Tips for Working from Home
Working from home was once a dream for many employees. Today, it’s a reality for around four million UK workers. If you have kids or a short attention span, however, working from home is not always easy.
Many home workers are self-employed and around 16% of the UK population is self-employed. An increasing number are working from home remotely because their employers allow flexible working.
There are many perks to working from home, including flexible hours, being able to work in your PJs, and not having to deal with a daily commute. Staying motivated is perhaps the hardest aspect of working from home, whether you write racy novels for a living or spend your days dabbling in forex on the IG trading platform, so to help you keep your brain on the task at hand, here are some useful tips.
Create a Bespoke Workspace
Working from the kitchen table or, heavens forbid, in bed, might be your dream, but the reality is not quite so attractive. Around 20% of people spend up to 10 hours a week working in bed, but there is plenty of research to suggest this is a bad idea.
Instead, create a workspace where you are comfortable and you won’t be disturbed. A small desk in the spare room or a home office is ideal. You’re more likely to stay motivated working in a home office.
Have a Routine
Routine is important. A routine helps us stay on track and stick to deadlines. It also prevents work time bleeding into playtime.
It’s OK to have an occasional lie-in if you don’t have a deadline to meet, but for the most part, you should aim to work set hours. That means being at your desk at 9 AM sharp and logging off at 5 PM, or whatever suits your business. Knowing you can log off at the end of the day should help to keep you motivated.
Make Use of Tech
Tech is a wonderful thing, so make the most of it. Download productivity apps to streamline your tasks, use apps to clock social media, and invest in high-quality gadgets to make work fun. The latest MacBook Pro is far sexier, faster, and more efficient than a 10-year old HP laptop with a miniscule RAM and tiny hard-drive. Besides, any equipment you invest in is tax deductible!
Blocking social media is useful, but apps don’t help when friends and family insist on calling up for a chat in the middle of an important project.
Remind your loved ones that you are at work between X and Y and that you don’t want to be disturbed unless it’s an emergency. If you love to catch up on gossip, make plans to have a long chat with your best friend at the end of the day. Use this to motivate you to finish work on time.
Have a Work-Life Balance
It’s not easy staying motivated if your life is all work and no play. Don’t make the mistake of working all hours, even if you are growing a business.
Give yourself some rewards for working hard, such as a well-earned weekend off or a holiday somewhere scenic. Alternatively, take a day off if you are feeling dead on your feet. It’s one of the perks of working from home!
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