How to motivate yourself when you work from home. Home. So I have 4 tips for you guys.
Number one starts the night before. Sorry. If you’re anything like me, you kind of will end up looking for reasons to not work. Not intentionally, hopefully. But things distract you. So, you’ll go to sit down and you’ll be like oh no. My office is a mess, I need to clean it. Or, my bed hasn’t been made yet or my kitchen is just disgusting. How can I work knowing that things are a mess? So, I find it helps a lot if you do these things the night before. You don’t have to go crazy with it cause I know by the time night comes around we’re exhausted and we don’t want to do it. But just, at least, tidy and that’s going to help so when you wake up the next morning, you don’t feel like you have to do those things. And you can just focus on your work.
Number two. Get dressed. If you work from home and your bedroom is literally across the hall from your office or wherever it is. When you walk across the hall and sit down at your computer and you’re still in your pyjamas or you haven’t put a bra on yet.
You’re not going to be motivated to be your best. I don’t why. I mean there’s nothing that really changes but I find I feel a lot better about getting work done. I feel more productive. I don’t feel as lathargic. I don’t feel as lazy. I don’t as slow. And that always helps. Get dressed. As fast as possible. Pretend like you have to leave the house in 5 minutes and get dressed.
P-kahhh! Have some fun with it, you know. Why not?
Number three is eat. Because hours aren’t really a thing when you work from home or you’re an entrepreneur. If I am motivated to do something, which is awesome, but then I immediately come down and I sit here and start answering emails. And I have forgotten to drink water or eat a good breakfast, not just any breakfast and I start doing things. All of a sudden, I have been sitting down for two hours and I feel terrible because I am starving, I’m exhausted.
My brain is not working properly. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, get a nice big glass of water. Drink it. And make yourself a good breakfast. Now, this could also go back to tip number one where you do this the night before to help you out. So, whether it’s overnight oats or you just have cereal or toast or you have your fruit already cut up. And then you are going to feel better cause you’ve got something in your stomach, and you can sit down and you can focus. Cause food is for the brain as much as it is for the belly. Oh my god, I’m so lame. Okay.
Number four. The first thing I want you to do is make a quick to-do list. This could be a list that you have ready to go for every single morning. But if you don’t, just make a quick to-do list. So, it’s check your emails, respond to emails and maybe the third thing is whatever project you are working on, just write down one part of that project that you want to get done.
So, for me where I edit photos and videos. Let’s say I want to cull my photos from my session yesterday. So, that’s on my to-do list. And then, immediately and I mean immediately get something done. So, for me I usually go to emails first and I get those done right away. And then, you close your email cause they get distracting and you move on to the next thing. And, I have a bonus. Especially if you work by yourself and you work from home, you don’t see people a lot and you can get in a comfort zone.
So, here’s my bonus tip.
Leave the freaking house. So, if you’ve been cooped up in your house for however long, whether it’s hours or days and you haven’t left, get outside. Go for a walk, do a quick errand. Like, do something to get yourself out of the house. Find some energy. Get reenergized. Fresh start. And then, come back, to-do list and do it.
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs at your doorstep? Matt.
What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in the water? Bob.
I will see myself out now. Okay, bye..