Whether you are a freelancer, self-employed, or just doing a remote internship, working from home can be extremely unrestricted. You get the benefit of working at your own pace and exercising total creative control. It sounds like a dream – that is, until you actually start getting things done.
A lot of times freelancers or people who work at home find themselves lacking motivation, and end up going off-track. The more you avoid distractions and stay focused, the more your work will flourish.
Here are a few motivation tips to stay motivated when self-employed:
1. Discipline yourself
Being in command of your schedule is the best part of self-employment. But if not taken seriously, it can also backfire. Therefore, you need to set a structured schedule and stick to it.
Waking up on time, having an efficient work schedule, bedtime routine and eating well helps you thrive both mentally and physically to tackle the workload. Outline all your meetings, personal alone time, and other activities ahead of the week itself so that you can pay more attention to the actual work.
2. Set up a workspace
Designate a corner or a small space at home to make for a workspace. A workspace is key to stay motivated when self- employed. Invest in a coffee French press, stationery holder, a planner and some inspirational art piece and keep them beside your laptop to encourage you and make you feel more like a professional.
3. Read encouraging quotes
An advisable thing to do when lacking motivation is to read a few encouraging quotes, Once you connect to the words said and written by successful personalities you’ll realise the only thing that restricts you is your own potential.
4. Motivational music and background noise
An incentive when you work at home is you can listen to the music of your choice. Classical music helps stay focused. You can even make your own motivational playlist to increase your productivity.
And, if music is distracting for you, you can download background noise apps to make you feel like you are at a cafe, or an actual office. The moderate sounds are clever way to increase productivity.
5. Give yourself a feedback
Feedback doesn’t only mean praise. It also means getting recognized for what you do. Getting constructive criticism helps you stay motivated when self-employed. Keep a daily tracker for measuring your own productivity, and ask yourself the following questions:
- What did I do right today?
- What did I do wrong today?
- How do I improve my work?
- How do I increase my productivity?
These questions seem uncomplicated and simple but they will help you get into an inspired mind-set once you figure out an answer.
6. Get out of the house
Give yourself a break and step away from your laptop and your home. You don’t want to feel burned out by the end of the day. Go out, grab lunch or coffee, Take your pet for a stroll.
Alternatively, you can find a nice cafe near your home that provides Wi-Fi. And, once or twice a week you could work from there for a few hours. This will be your go-to alternative work location when your home seems too monotonous or distracting.
7. Reward yourself
Self-employed need motivation, self-motivation needs recognition. Rewarding yourself for achieving a goal, from time to time, will re-enforce you to work harder.
Splurge on a great book if you were able to write more than usual, or treat yourself to a movie if you finished work before scheduled time. Do anything that makes you happy. With the rewarding tactic, you can always stay motivated when self-employed.
Being the single credit receiver makes self- employment worthwhile. Like anything else, putting in that extra effort will make you better at working from home. Follow these motivational tips and you’ll be productivity royalty in no time.
— Carlos Villaumbrosia (@villaumbrosia) 24 de abril de 2017