Blogging requires a certain level of self-discipline. You’re working from home with Netflix at your fingertips, that ever-growing pile of laundry on your mind and let’s face it, easy access to your bed for a cheeky afternoon nap.
With all the distractions and the comforts of home, it can be easy to lack motivation and staying inspired can be tough.
However, recent research from Seareach has shown that 21% of employers encourage their staff to take advantage of flexible working and allow work to be completed from home. With connectivity on the rise, this may increase in the future and it is important to know how to use this time to the best of your ability.
I’ve been doing this blogging thing for almost four years now and over this time I’ve learnt several different tips and tricks to keep motivated and on top form while working from my sofa.
Whether you have a creative side hustle, are studying or are looking at transitioning into the flexible working life, here are the ways I stay motivated while working from home.
I don’t mean you have to get dressed in full on office wear, but getting out of those pyjamas and putting on your comfiest pair of jeans and a T-shirt is going to improve productivity straight away. Working in your pyjamas may seem fun at first, but you’re going to get TOO comfy and will risk feeling tired and you know, like it’s bedtime.
Take Breaks Often
Our brains are only able to digest so much information at a time. Every hour or so, take a 5-10 minute break. Make a cup of tea, catch up with social media or take a little stroll around the block. It’ll leave you recharged and ready to tackle the task ahead.
Schedule in a lunch break
This brings me onto my next point. Make sure you schedule in a lunch break, just like you would have with any other job. Take this time to catch up on an episode of your favourite show and fuel your body. No one likes working on an empty stomach.
Make a to do list for the day
I am a list lover, I make lists for everything. There’s no better feeling than crossing off an item on your to-do list. Every morning, make an action plan for the day and bullet point everything that needs doing that day. You’ll be able to map out your day more clearly and feel more accomplished when you look back at all those strike throughs.
Break up big tasks into smaller tasks
Got an inbox full of emails to reply to? Several chapters of a textbook to read? Break up these tasks by saying “I’ll complete X amount and then move onto something else for a little while”. This will stop your brain from getting overloaded and feeling too tired.
Get motivated with music
When I’m working from home, I like to pop on my favourite playlist and get to work. This keeps me inspired, upbeat and drowns out the horrible silence of sitting on your own in your house. I tend to switch between the current Top 40 and my favourite Broadway and West-End numbers. I have also been known to put on the High School Musical soundtrack, but that one’s just between you and me…
Switch up your surroundings
Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t mean you have to stay at home sat on the couch. Switch up your surroundings by spending an afternoon working from your favourite coffee shop. In Summer, I like to take my laptop outside and soak up some Vitamin D while working from the garden.
Finally, reward yourself. Working from home isn’t an easy feat and requires a lot of perseverance and self-discipline. At the end of a particularly long day, give yourself a pat on the back with a bubble bath and an episode on Netflix. Arrange an exciting Saturday with your friends and look forward to a nice day out. You’re doing great and you should acknowledge that!