Honestly, working from was always a desire society wanted, but now a force – how can work from the comfort of my home successfully?
I’ve had my own demise of working from home that sometimes leaves me drained – as an Account Executive I work the average eight hour days but by then it’s day and lost the chance to enjoy the restricted outdoors.
How can we improvise making working remotely more relaxing and yet productive that doesn’t give the drone feeling of working in your favorite safe place, home.
Here are 5 tips to stay motivated:
1. Create a working environment at home
The idea of working from home consists of sitting in bed or in front of the television with your laptop, it is unlikely that you will be very productive. If you have a spare room or study to use as an office space, keep anything work related there. Creating a working environment can get you in the right headspace that you need to work productively – give yourself a decor office space that fits your personality and makes working from home more suitable and less like home.
2. Organize your day
If you set out clear objectives for the day ahead, you are more likely to stay focused and achieve your self-recommended deadlines. Create a ‘To-Do’ list to essure you’re on track with what needs to get done but it is also rewarding by checking your tasks off.
3. Manage your workload
If your career is task heavy and quick deadlines like the Public Relations field is, the best option is to work on the easy quick tasks – get it done than take your time on the more intensive tasks that would require more of your attention. Try to separate them into manageable chunks to complete throughout the day or week. Planning and mapping out your workload in this way should stop you from feeling overwhelmed.
4. Give yourself breaks
Breaks are important to boost productivity. If you don’t allow yourself time to rest and recuperate during the day, you may become burnt out by the afternoon. Be sure to take a full lunch break, and try to stay away from your computer during this time as well. You will feel rejuvenated when you return to your desk to tackle the full working day.
5. Reward yourself
After completing a few tasks, reward yourself by taking a break – taking a lunch or even checking your phone if you didn’t have the option to do that while working. It’s important to reward yourself especially when working from home because although – it’s harder to stay motivated and focused in a new environment vs. working in the office – you have your own set routine that you’ve become accustomed to. It may motivate you knowing that you need to complete a task and send it to your manager by a certain deadline, but for those who don’t work under anyone, you should try to come up with ways of rewarding yourself at the end of each task or day.
This little boost can give you what you need to move onto the next job, and keep up your motivation.
It isn’t easy staying motivated while working from home – this environment is foregin to all of us and we’re still adjusting. But don’t limit yourself, and ignite more stress – give yourself breathing room, make a space that’s just for work but visually enjoyable and reward yourself!
Tianna is an Account Executive with TAG Collective.