how to motivate yourself when you work from home

How to Motivate Yourself When You Work From Home

Do you wake up in the morning with no idea what you’re supposed to accomplish that day? Do you have so many things you could be working on that you’re not sure where to start? When you don’t have a teacher or boss to report to, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to do anything. You’re not accountable to anyone but yourself really. Sometimes, even if you do have a teacher or a boss, it can still be difficult to motivate yourself when you work from home.

I’ve worked from home at several points in my life, including now. I went to high school online for a time. I took online college courses. Grad school is entirely about how much work you can produce outside of the classroom. And I’ve run blogs before. So, how do you keep yourself moving? Here are my top three tips.

Set a Schedule

This is important. The good news about working from home is your schedule can be whatever you want. You could work all night if that works better for you. But you need a schedule. Set times that you work. This can also help you make sure you take breaks which is important. If you don’t take breaks, you’ll burn out. So, build in breaks and a mealtime. Then, when you’re done. Be done. Stop thinking about it. Stop working on it. Leave it until the next day.

Create Goals

This means daily, weekly, and even monthly goals. Every morning, after you’ve had your coffee and taken a deep breath, pull out your agenda, bullet journal, or whatever it is you use to stay organized. Write down what needs to get done that day. If you can, plan out your week. The goal is to get everything down on paper in a way that’s organized and helps keep you from being stressed. It’s a way of looking at a piece of paper and saying, “All right, this is what I need to get done today. Everything else can wait until later.”

Cut Out or Limit Distractions

The hardest part about no one looking over your shoulder is that it can be hard to stay off Instagram or not work while watching TV. It can be even harder when you’re a blogger and part of your job is staying connected online. You can argue that being on Instagram for an hour is work. On some level, it is. On another level, it could be keeping you from important things like making your amazing content. So, figure out what you need to do to limit distractions. Personally, I’ll set alarms for however long I can spend doing something. Or I’ll only watch one episode of a show before I shut it off.

Do you have any tips on how you motivate yourself when you work from home? What works for you? Comment below, and let me know!

 

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