Working from home is great…if you can find the motivation to get out of bed, that is. Some days it’s tempting to stay in your pajamas with a laptop at your side and Netflix running in the background. But if you’re hoping to make real progress on your work, getting out of bed and making yourself presentable is step one—and not just for show!
Get out of bed.
So, you’re not motivated. You’re just not feeling it today. You know what? That’s fine! We all have days like that. But if you don’t get up and get dressed, then all day will be a wash for you.
So get out of bed and put on whatever clothes are closest to your bed so that when your alarm goes off in an hour or so, you can jump right into work!
If you still don’t feel like working after doing this step, then go back to bed until it becomes time for lunch break (or whatever meal works best with your schedule).
Make to-do lists.
Make to-do lists. Making a list of the tasks you need to accomplish each day is an easy way to stay motivated. You can use a number of different methods for making your lists: you can create them in an app on your phone, write them on paper, or even use Excel or Google Sheets if that’s what works best for you. Whichever method you choose, make sure to prioritize the tasks according to their importance so that nothing slips through the cracks and becomes forgotten over time.
Another method for staying productive is breaking down larger projects into smaller pieces and then prioritizing those individual sections according to their level of importance (and likelihood). This will help keep things from feeling overwhelming while still allowing enough flexibility in case something unexpected comes up during work hours!
Set up a home office space.
- Set up a home office space.
- Keep it clutter-free.
- Make sure you have a good chair, desk, and internet connection.
When you work from home, distractions abound. You can’t close the door to your office and focus for eight hours in a row like you might be able to at an office job. To avoid burnout and keep yourself motivated, take regular breaks throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to leave your computer behind and go have some fun!
Go on a walk outside or go running through your neighborhood (if it’s safe). Instead of taking phone calls while walking around the block, try turning off all notifications on your phone and just enjoying nature for a while. Do some yoga in front of a window overlooking greenery (or if you don’t have access to plants or windows with natural light, pick up an inexpensive indoor plant at the grocery store). These activities will help give your brain time away from work so that when you get back into it later on, it’s easier for you to get focused again without feeling too overwhelmed by what needs done next on whatever project(s) are currently occupying most of your attention
Schedule time for your hobbies and interests.
Another important step for staying motivated is taking time off from work. While it may seem counterintuitive at first, this is actually one of the most important things you can do to stay motivated and productive while working remotely.
While you should never feel guilty about taking time off, there are some rules that will help you know when you need a break:
- Make sure that your schedule allows for enough rest. Everyone needs sleep, but when you’re working remotely, it can be easy to get used to sleeping less than normal. The result will be fatigue and lack of energy which can lead to being less productive in the long run.
- Schedule time for hobbies and interests outside of work as well as family obligations (such as spending time with loved ones). This will give your mind something else on which it can focus besides work-related tasks so that everything does not become monotonous or boring after awhile
One of the most important pieces of advice a manager can give is to dress for success. This means not only wearing clothes that look good on you, but also dressing for the job you want and not the one you currently have. When working from home, it’s easy to see this as just another way for The Man (or Woman) to keep us down by telling us what we can and cannot wear when it comes time to go back into the office. But there’s nothing stopping you from putting those words into action now!
Dressing appropriately sets an example for your coworkers and reminds them—and yourself—of how far along in your goal toward career advancement or promotion; if people who don’t know what they’re looking at can tell immediately whether or not someone is trying hard enough at work then chances are others feel similarly about themselves when they see you show up looking professional every day (even though technically this isn’t necessarily true). By demonstrating through appearance alone that “I am going somewhere with my life” then everyone else around will feel motivated by it too!
Communicate with coworkers.
If you’re working remotely and have no one around to talk to, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep in touch with your coworkers. Communicating is an essential part of working out of the office, so find ways to keep up with your team even when they’re not physically around.
Use email to send notes or ask questions.
Send emails when something important happens at work and if there’s a particular topic or project that needs updating from someone else on the team. You’ll need their input for anything important enough to warrant an email (and if it’s not urgent or time-sensitive enough for an immediate response). It’s also a good way for everyone on the team—including those who aren’t at home—to know what everyone else is doing so they don’t feel left out from group projects.*
Use technology that helps you stay organized and focused.
Use technology that helps you stay organized and focused.
- Use a calendar to schedule your work and personal commitments.
- Use a task manager to manage your to-do list.
- Use a virtual assistant (VA) or personal assistant (PA) to help with scheduling and organizing tasks for yourself or your company’s employees, such as managing calendars, email accounts and social media profiles; making travel arrangements; doing research; purchasing items for the home office in bulk at discount rates; etc. A VA/PA can also help with other miscellaneous tasks that arise from time to time throughout the day (e.g., picking up lunch/dinner on their way back from work).
Working remotely doesn’t have to mean working haphazardly.
Working remotely doesn’t have to mean working haphazardly. In fact, it’s possible to be more productive working from home than you were when in the office! The key is to develop a routine that works for you and makes sense with your lifestyle. One of the best ways to do this is by creating a schedule based on what you did during previous workdays.
Take into account how much time each project takes so that any interruptions can be planned into your day—and don’t forget about breaks! This will help prevent burnout and keep you motivated throughout the day. If something needs more time than expected, try breaking it up into smaller chunks over several days instead of trying to get everything done in one sitting (unless necessary). And remember: Achieving balance isn’t always easy but if there’s something else in life besides work that helps motivate us, or even just brings some joy into our lives every now and then, we’re going to be better at performing well at our jobs too
We hope that these tips have given you some insight into how to stay motivated as a remote worker. The truth is, if you’re struggling with motivation in the workplace, it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re working from home. Whether it’s because of procrastination, lack of focus or just plain boredom—all of us need help sometimes!