I don’t think that it is any surprise that I work from home a lot. Most of what I do at university and with IRBeauty can be done on my laptop from the comfort of my own home, and I like it that way. Although, this has allowed me to learn to motivate myself alone, so I definitely have some tips and tricks up my sleeve. I know so many people that can’t work on their own and really struggle to motivate themselves, so I’m hoping these 5 ways to motivate yourself at home will help. This could be helpful for anyone, whether you are a student, struggling to work independently at university or even just wanting to get work done on a blog or personal project.
Of all of the 5 ways to motivate yourself at home that I am going to mention, this one had to come first. When you are working from home all day (and not seeing anyone) it is so tempting to stay in your pyjamas all day. DON’T. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t get properly dressed but I definitely get out of my pyjamas and put on some comfy clothes. My working from home outfit usually consists of a pair of joggers/leggings and a slouchy top. Girls… put on a bra! Even if its just a sports bra, it will make you feel less slouchy and immediately more productive. Plus it will feel nicer when you get back into your cosy pyjamas at the end of the day having accomplished something.
Know what you are doing the night before- Lists help!
When you wake up, you aren’t going to be motivated if you have no idea what you are doing. Taking a few minutes at the end of the previous day to reflect on what you have done and make a list for the following day will really pay dividends when you wake up the next morning. If you struggle to make lists and organise yourself, I know that investing in a planner or bullet journal will help.
If I have lots to do, then I will take the time to organise the first few tasks so that when I wake up feeling tired, I can start easily. Anything to make your life easier the better! For instance, if the first thing I need to do is a worksheet, I will get the worksheet out the night before so I can crack on straight away in the morning.
Make sure your workspace is tidy.
Its too easy to wake up, realise your workspace is untidy and spend an hour tidying it… and that is an hour where you could have been doing work. Make sure you have a tidy workspace, and tidy up as you go along. Once you have finished a task, put it away and then by the end of the day you won’t have a whole room to tidy. At the end of the day we are all students, so its not going to be the tidiest place in the world, but the more organised you can keep yourself the more productive you are going to be.
We have all been there. Woke up, got out all of your work, sat at your workspace…. then scrolled through your phone for an hour. Its too easy! However, one of the 5 ways to motivate yourself at home has to be to limit scrolling. Whether you have a bit of self restraint or have to lock your phone in another room, just make sure you aren’t doing 5 minutes of work and 5 minutes of scrolling… we have all been there. I always put my phone on do not disturb so I can access it, but I am not constantly getting notifications. That works for me, but make sure to do what works for you. Real time study with me’s really help me as well, because they are on my phone… so I can’t get on it! This one from Jade is my favourite.
Be productive in your breaks
I feel like this is one of the 5 ways to motivate yourself at home that is a bit less obvious than the others. I feel like if I am doing a 10 hour work day, I feel like I have to be productive in them 10 hours. However, that doesn’t just have to be the task at hand all of the time. I am the kind of person that if I switch off for 5 minutes, it lasts about an hour, which isn’t productive. So instead I try to make my work breaks productive ones. For example, making a snack, tidying my room a bit, planning a blog post or packaging orders are all things I do that are still productive without sitting on your phone. Or if my family are in I will have a cup of tea and a chat with them, so I aren’t just locking myself in my room working constantly (which I have a habit of doing when I’m stressed).
I hope these 5 ways to motivate yourself at home have been useful, especially as mocks and January exams are not far away now and a lot of people will be revising at home in the run up. As much as I think I am a productive person, I am always looking for more tips and tricks so please let me know how you keep yourself productive when working from home. I have 4 exams in January so I am in need of more ways to keep my motivation high!