Sometimes, working at home can get boring – especially if you start neglecting yourself and you devote all your time (and your life) to working and earning. If you feel like you are becoming obsessed with your ‘home-work’ right now and you don’t want it ever to evolve into a dreary routine, here are some tips that you have to consider…
5 Tips to Keep Yourself Motivated for your Work At Home Jobs
Make sure you take breaks from your long hours of work.
Everyone needs a break from work and as the old saying goes – All Work and No Play makes Jack a Dull Boy. If you don’t get time off from working – even if you are working from home, you will get bored and eventually lose interest in the job you’re doing. So, it is better to actually schedule your ‘Time Out’. You have to set breaks and set reminders on your computer or your mobile phone because when you are working at home, it is easy to zone into what you’re doing and forget everything else around you. Before you know it, the day has passed and you haven’t even taken a bath or changed your clothes. To keep yourself sane and healthy, set breaks in your day and take a walk outside, call a friend, read a newspaper – or do something to avoid going zombie-ish with your work.
Set up Office somewhere else every now and then.
Yes, every one who works at home must have a perfect, peaceful and organized home office but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay there ALL THE TIME. You can change your venue for work every now and then. Don’t lock yourself up away from the world. Aside from working at your home office, you can work in your couch, in your garage, in your front yard, or in a coffee shop or library which offers WiFi access. You’ll see, a change of venue can help refresh your energy levels and give you new inspiration.
Learn to turn yourself “OFF”.
I know most have a hard time turning OFF their ‘Work Mode’ at home even if they have to attend to stuff relating to the other aspects of their lives.They think about their business conference calls, the design for the next websites they are working on, or the topics for the next set of SEO articles they will be writing – even as they do the laundry, while they cook, or when they are with their kids and are supposed to play. Don’t do that. You have to learn to focus on other important things in your life and totally dedicate time for such things even if you love your work so much. You can try to do this by keeping your ‘work gadgets’ away from you when it’s time for you to dedicate time for yourself, your family, and other stuff.
Avoid loneliness and go out with family and friends.
The quickest route to loneliness and insanity is to work from home and avoid social interaction. Lock yourself up in your home office, do work, and do nothing but work. Surely, you’ll end up like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, in just a month or two, perhaps even less. Anyhow, the best way to avoid personal deterioration is to continuously be active with your social life and your family life while working at home. Go out and spend some time with them at least once a week. You might also want to consider meting your colleagues and clients in person every now and then.
Review your Accomplishments.
When you work at home, it is easy to feel that you aren’t accomplishing anything not unless you have a boss who keeps on praising and promoting you, and giving you a bonus pay (Lucky you!). So, to keep yourself motivated, track your accomplishments. Set certain goals every week or every month and write these down. See if you are fulfilling your goals on a regular basis. Have you reached your weekly quota? Were you able to learn new skills? Did you get a raise? Did you get another contract or have you renewed your contract with a client? Saying Yes! Yes! Yes! will give your self esteem a boost and it will further motivate you to become a productive work-at-home employee/freelancer.