Working at home can be a big convenience for some people, but it is also sometimes hard staying motivated at home. Successful people work hard to find their own groove, and find a system that works for them. Though everyone is different, you can use some of these work at home tips to help you succeed in working from home, no matter what your job is.
Designate a separate space as your workspace. If you are working at the kitchen table or in another common space, it can be too easy to be distracted by things like the dishes in the sink or the pile of laundry that needs to be folded. If you are not able to set up a separate office space, you could try setting up in an area of the home where you won’t be distracted, or consider working someplace like the library or a coffee shop.
Getting Ready for the Day
Though people often tout the benefits of “working in your pajamas”, that is hardly a good way to stay focused for most people. Instead, try taking the time to get ready for the day the same way you would if you were heading out to the office. Enjoy your coffee and breakfast without thinking about work. Take a shower and get dressed in regular clothes. You do not have to wear a suit or other professional clothes, but put on something other than pajama pants. Style your hair or put on makeup. When you feel professional, you start acting more professional.
The Pomodoro Technique
Staying motivated at home is often about being able to focus when it’s time to work. To do this, try the Pomodoro Technique. Developed by Francesco Cirillo and named after his timer that looked like a tomato, the Pomodoro Technique is a way to stay laser-focused when doing your work. You start by setting a timer for 25 minutes and working for those 25 minutes without distractions. Then, you get a five-minute break. After repeating this cycle four times, you can then take a longer break, around 15 to 30 minutes. Obviously, you can adjust your working and break times as you see fit. The key is to stay focused during the times you need to stay focused.
One of the biggest benefits of working at home is that you are better able to control your income than when you are working a regular job. You can motivate yourself to work harder by designating a portion of your income to be “fun money”. For example, you might set a weekly goal, and any money you earn beyond that goal gets to go into your vacation fund. Of course, you do need to make the money you need to make, but giving yourself permission to use some of the money for something you want to use it for.
It is difficult to complete your work when you have distractions in the house. If you have children, check out some of our best tips here and here. Do not allow yourself to check Facebook or your email every five minutes. If things are too distracting, you might disconnect yourself from the Internet or install a plugin that blocks certain sites like this one for Google Chrome. Keep the TV off, and do not answer the phone when you are trying to focus on work.
All the work at home tips in the world will not really help you if you do not set goals for yourself. Of course, the actual goals you set will vary based on the type of work you do. You might have a daily financial goal or a goal to make five sales-related phone calls a week. You might be setting out to double your income or bring more people into your sales business. Whatever your goal is, break it down into smaller manageable tasks that you can do each day. This can really help you stay motivated because you know what you are working toward.
If you want to succeed at working at home, you have to take it seriously. When it is time to work at home, stay focused on your work. The more you see your income start to grow, the easier it becomes to stay motivated.