How to keep motivated when working from home

This year has had many challenges and employers have come to realise that to keep their workers safe and happy they need to have more flexible work arrangements, such as working from home. Although this concept has many perks, unfortunately, it is easy to fall into feeling isolated and stressed, therefore, making it harder to motivate yourself. Through our research, we have come up with five suggestions to keep you motivated when working from home.

 

Create a morning routine

 

It is essential to create a semblance of a morning routine. A morning routine dictates structure to the day and indicates to the mind and body when it is time to start work. Forbes magazine states having a glass of water, journaling, identifying your priorities for the day, practising gratitude and moving your body around as a suitable start to the morning. Activities such as journaling allow for the identification of stress factors that may occur during the day. The action of exercising can provide a solution to express and release frustrations. Perhaps following these recommendations can help you to stay stress-free and motivated when working from home.

 

Organise your day

 

Organising your day is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated at work. Having an idea of what your day looks like may lessen your stress. Instead of thinking, what do I need to do now? Perhaps make a checklist, organise your work around meetings and have a clear working space. These strategies may help you reduce the stressors in your life, therefore, allowing for a smoother transition for work tasks throughout the day.  

 

Breaks

 

Taking breaks throughout the day is also crucial to maintain focus. Imagine you are in the middle of a project and your train of thought keeps drifting off course. Perhaps taking a 10-minute break every hour to relax, have a coffee, go for a walk or even chat with friends may rejuvenate the mind and refocus it onto the task at hand. Thrive Global states that outdoor time is crucial in raising energy levels and recalibrating your focus. They also suggest that if you can’t leave your home, looking at nature and animals can lower your heart rate, respiratory and relax your muscles. 

 

Check-in with colleagues

 

When struggling to focus, it may be beneficial for you to reach out to your team to have a chat. Working from home can cause feelings of isolation. In times like these, it is crucial to have good communication. Relying on communicating with your team can give you the benefit of gaining new insight or sharing the workload effectively. If this year has shown us anything, it's that to thrive in this new normal, we need to change our perceptions of communication. 


Reward yourself

 

Striving toward a long-term goal is important; and accordingly, you should reward yourself. But, what about having frequent rewards? The concept of rewarding yourself, after finishing a task, provides positive reinforcement which impacts your motivation and overall job satisfaction. So, why not indulge in that piece of chocolate you’ve been craving?

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