As a coach I have the luxury of working from anywhere, but to be honest most of the time I work from either my local Starbucks or from my house, so today I wanted to talk about something I see so many entrepreneurs and self employed women talking about. One of the biggest problems I hear entrepreneurs and self employed women talk about is how to stay motivated and productive working from home, and believe me I totally get it. When I first started working from home I was all over the place, that is until I set myself up for success and established 10 simple tips and tricks for staying motivated and productive from home. So if you are anything like me these tips will prove helpful, and you don’t have to be an entrepreneur for them to apply you could be a student working from home, and they will apply too.
Organized/Efficient Work Space
The first tip I recommend if you are working from home, is that you set up your space accordingly. If you want to be successful you have to set up your work space to be efficient and organized, that means not working in a messy room or somewhere in your house you know you won’t get anything done.
Plan out your day! I cannot stress this enough if you work from home. When working from homes it is easy to become laxidaisical in your approach to work, thinking oh I will just do it later or oh I have all day, so I always encourage people to working from home to set themselves up for success by making a plan.
Focus is key! You have to remember to focus on your work because when you are at home it is easy to get distracted by all the things that you have to do at home.
I cannot stress limiting distractions enough when you work from home because let’s face it you will be distracted. I mean it is easy. You have cleaning, laundry, cooking, etc. all these things to do, so you have to try your best to limit or prevents those distractions from affecting you.
This may not be for everyone, but I highly recommend you put on some mood music that will keep you motivated and productive. Whatever that may be for you doesn’t matter, the point is just to keep you on track. Studies have proven that listening to music can help you stay on track, so why not give it a try.
Limit Phone Usage
This one is the one that I have had to remind myself of the most, and that is to limit your phone usage. As a society we have become so attached to our phones, so it is no wonder we are constantly scrolling aimlessly. But this problem can become worse when you work from home, and don’t have much other social interaction.
If you do nothing else on this list I encourage you at least get ready for the day if you work from home. Studies have proven that if you act as if you are going to work, i.e. dressing for the day, then you are more likely to be productive and motivated. I am not saying you have to dress super fancy or wear makeup all the time, but at least getting out of your pajamas can help.
Plan To Eat
Another big problem with working from home is that we often get caught up in working, and forget to actually eat. This is not healthy! So take time out of your work day just for meals, and you will stay on a more mindful healthier track.
Not unlike taking breaks to eat, taking breaks in general is super important when you work from home. Often we get so engrossed in working on a project that we forget that 5 hours have passed by, and we really should take a break if we want to be more productive.
Boundaries are essential if you work from home. Setting boundaries, whether they be time related, where you work, or how you work can prove so beneficial. Simply saying something like I won’t work past 5 pm will keep you motivated, productive, and driven through the day because you have planned a boundary for when to stop working.
As someone who works from home I absolutely love it, but it does come with its own unique set of challenges because you aren’t working in a traditional work environment. So I highly encourage you to consider and/or adopt these tips and tricks, and watch as you become more motivated, productive, and efficient in your work.