How do you motivate yourself? As I sat here for hours trying to write this blog, I found myself walking around my office, staring out the window at the beautiful sunshine and wishing I were outside instead. Then it was on to a couple chips and hot sauce. These days, I know I’m not the only person looking to discover a little more motivation. Thinking about how to do this is also perfect for procrastinating on my to-do list!
Create a Reset
One of the most important things to realize is you are not alone in feeling this way. Work from home can be great, but it can also create the feeling that every day is exactly the same. In these times, it can be helpful to build some routines into the day-to-day.
Clothing – For some, it can be beneficial to get dressed in work clothes just as if you were going into the office. Or you could consider the outfit mullet where you dress in work clothing on top, casual on the bottom. Only you will know the difference!
Workspace – Depending on your home set-up, you may or may not have a dedicated workspace. Ideally, you should be able to leave things set up and then close the door at the end of the day. If that’s not the case, consider having a work bag or kit where you can keep everything you need (headphones, notebooks, mouse, etc.) in close range so you don’t have to look for them. Also, consider switching from sitting to standing throughout the day. Studies show using a standing desk improves mood and energy levels and boosts productivity rather than hinder it.
Systems – With the work-at-home option, you have the opportunity to determine when you work best. For some, this is early in the morning and for others it’s later at night. Communicate this to your manager and work peers so they know when you will be online and at work. It can also be beneficial to create personal time tracking systems and documentation to keep yourself and others in the loop.
Movement – Do not stay cooped up inside. Take a break throughout the day and go outside and get some vitamin D. The fresh air and movement will help clear your mind. Take in the moment and listen to all the sounds you hear as you feel the warmth of the sun or the crisp autumn air.
Prioritize – Decide which tasks are immediate needs and only write those down. Make it a priority to accomplish those tasks and then proceed to the rest of the items on your original list. It can also be helpful to learn what times your energy slumps and then schedule around those times.
Recharge – Self-care is more important than ever. Because some of the regular ways of re-charging might not be as available, look for ways to practice gratitude and be kind to yourself. Do not forget to also check in with friends, family, and co-workers. There is a good chance they could use some kindness, too.