Last Updated on May 4, 2020 by ellduclos
11 Tips For Staying Productive & Motivated While Working From Home
It’s no denying that working from home isn’t ALWAYS what it’s cracked up to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a luxury to get to work from home and I will forever be grateful, BUT I won’t lie…sometimes I become lonely, unmotivated + even (hate to admit it) stay in my PJs ALL DAY… EEK.
When it comes to working from home, I want to share with you some tips that helped me to become a self motivator who stays focused and on top of my daily hustle.
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HAVE A MORNING ROUTINE & STICK TO IT
This is probably one of the most important tips of all tips! Having a morning routine can help to kick start your day, in a productive and positive way! There are so many things you can add to your morning routine to help make sure that your day is off to a good start.
- Waking up, & choosing an outfit to wear. (This helps so I am not in PJs all day!)
- Journaling and self reflection. (To help clear my mind and focus)
- Having a cup of coffee. (A girl needs her coffee to function…)
Whatever routine you decide to create for yourself, practice it everyday.
AND one thing I will admit to is (sleeping in). It’s a habit that needs to be broken. Getting yourself onto a routine where you wake up earlier helps to make the most out of your day. I also find that if I wake up early, I am more productive throughout the day.
SO, have a set sleeping schedule, DON’T sleep in, GET dressed everyday, and JOURNAL.
OPEN YOUR BLINDS/CURTAINS
There is nothing more motivating than some sunlight. I don’t know about you but if my space is dark, I feel unmotivated and sleepy! I always feel refreshed and ready to go when my home is bright with some sunlight. Wake up and open those curtains!! SERIOUSLY, DO IT.
Sometimes working from home can become overwhelming and again uninspiring.. One thing that I love to do between writing and all that jazz, is to step outside. It’s necessary for me to make sure that I am getting that fresh breath of air. It also helps to liven my mood back up! Give your body that Vitamin D it deserves! Plus – who likes being in the house all day? Small breaks are necessary.
It’s vital to get out of the house! Like I said…SO, a change of scenery is important. If you don’t switch it up you could start to feel down, lonely, or even depressed. Take your laptop, notebooks, whatever it may be, PACK UP and take it to the coffee shop. A change of scenery will spark inspiration and motivation again.
WATCH YOUR EATING
But SERIOUSLY. Between munching throughout the day OR just forgetting to eat in general. It’s usually one or the other for me. I either forget to eat until dinner, or I munch ALL DAY. My eating habits are poor to say the least. Having a meal plan each week can help fix this issue! Plan out your breakfast, lunch & dinners, (meal prep) and you can even set aside healthy snacks in smaller portions too. BUT ALWAYS make time for meals, AND try not too snack just because your home. Keep the food in the kitchen.
CREATE A MOTIVATING SPACE
Having a space in your home that’s specifically made for you to sit and work quietly on your blog can help make working from home a bit easier. Have a simple desk (even if it’s one you find at a yard sale and DIY). Fill your space with images that motivate you, quotes that inspire you, and candles/oils/scents that you love.
Make sure your space is cleared so you have enough room to write/blog/create/work etc. Investing in a comfy chair for your desk can help too!
Here are some thing I have in my “space”:
CREATE AN IDEAS PIN IT BOARD
I am a huge fan of sticky notes & bulletin boards. I always find that it motivates me in a way. One thing that I LOVE to do is have a bulletin board in my office space. Any time an idea comes to mind I will take a colored sticky note, write down my idea & pin it to my bulletin board. At the end of the month I come back to my bulletin board, take all of my ideas & figure out how to utilize them that month!
This is great when you have an idea come to mind and you don’t want to forget it.
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This is probably the hardest thing to do when you are working from home but it’s crucial! When it’s time to work…it’s time to work!!!
PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE… even if you have to put your phone in a separate room. Whatever it may be, don’t let it distract you from working!
TURN OFF THE NOISE… Don’t have your tv on while working (this causes distraction). Try not to have music or any noise while working (unless it’s music that helps focus you). I also recommend investing in noise canceling headphones.
WORK LATE OR EARLY HOURS…If you have children, it’s best to work when they are napping, or still asleep. I know this is tough but you will get the most work done while the little ones aren’t distracting. So if that means you have a late night, it might just have to be that way. AND make the most of nap time!
TO DO LISTS + TIMERS
For me, I find that I work better when I am on a timer. When I am being timed, I work harder to get my task done. What I like to do is take out my planner and list out the tasks I have to get done for the day. THEN I will prioritize my tasks from most important to least important.
Once I have my list prioritized I will start with my first task and set a timer that gives me a reasonable amount of time to complete the task. Once the timer is up, if the task is not completed, I will move it to the bottom of my list and work on the next task.
I find this strategy helps me to touch base on all tasks that I need to get done throughout my day without focusing too long on one specific task!
PLAN OUT YOUR MONTH
At the end of each month I will take my planner out and plan out my content for that month. I find that this helps keep me focused & motivated. I am a very visual person, so seeing my month planned out in front of me helps make me want to actually GET IT DONE.
Since I do blog – I will write down blog posts ideas throughout the month (or pin them to my bulletin board like I mentioned above) as they come to me. Once it’s the end of the month I will take out my planner and put those ideas into my planner. (Like a content schedule).
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KNOW WHEN TO STOP
This is one thing that I still need to figure out. Working from home is great because you can pick and choose when you want to work! My issue is, I don’t know when to STOP working. I am constantly engaging with social media and my group, I am constantly writing new blog posts. I am ALWAYS on my phone. My boyfriend even tells me to put it down at least once a day. It’s so hard! I love my job, BUT I do need to find that balance between work life, home life, and social life.
You need to give yourself a break. Set a time when you don’t touch your phone or computer at all. Maybe after 8pm is your set “you time” where you UNPLUG. It’s important to put your work aside. Working 24/7 is very unhealthy!
I hope this gives you some inspiration and motivation! Working from home is a luxury but it’s also not always what it’s cracked up to be! Make sure you are setting boundaries, staying productive, and staying healthy! It’s all about balance.
Let me know in the comments some ways that you stay motivated and productive throughout your work at home days!
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Until next time,
Madelyn Victoria says
This post is super helpful. I’m so bad about staying in my PJ’s all day or getting distracted with social media and Netflix. I’m definitely going to start trying to get dressed as soon as I get up (and drink that cup of coffee) and leave my phone in another room. One thing that’s helped me stay focused when I work is telling myself I can take a little break when I accomplish a certain task. This way, I’m not taking breaks every five minutes, ha! Great post!
I love the way you think!! & Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed the post (:
Great post with lots of inspiration, I do work from home, manage on line boutique, sell on Amazon and building my blog. Love your posts, always reference back when needed?
Thank you so much Sherri! That means a lot to me!!
Great tips, thanks for the motivation!
Salma Mehajabeen says
Very true. Your posts are inspiring for sure. I stay in pjs due to my tiredness and stay in them whole day with dull face around. Il consider them to live a productive living. Thanks
Right! Same here! Getting ready in the morning definitely helps make me feel motivated and awake!
Kayla Slusher says
This is something that I’m going to save and refer back too every time I find myself losing creativity or motivation at home! Working at home is nice, but can defiantly be tough so these tips are just what I need!
It happens to us all! So glad you enjoyed the tips! (: Thank you!!!
This is an amazing post! When I work from home I take waaaay too many trips to the kitchen for snack I don’t need. Putting on an actual outfit really helps too. It makes me feel much more productive!
RIGHT! Exactly!! I hate when I don’t get ready in the morning.
Jami Eastman says
Totally feel you on the coffee! I’m also EXTRA specific on what type of coffee I drink during the week- iced on weekdays because of school, and then normal hot coffee on the weekend since I’m most likely at my apartment! Iced coffee/lattes just have that taste to it that gives it an extra kick so I can get motivated to get my ish done hahaha.
I love the way you think!! Iced coffees are like a treat to myself (: LOVE iced coffee!!!
Amy Boyle says
Great tips – I love the opening the blinds reminder!
It can be VERY hard to stay focused and motivated while working at home. Thanks for the tips!
Now that I’m focusing on my blog and writing again I’m finding that I really need to put things in place to help me stay productive so thanks for the tips 🙂
I always find that having a change of scenery is so important so I don’t get depressed when I’m working all day at home. Great tips, Ell!
Grace | https://glossybelle.com
These are really great suggestions and great reminders next time I’m trying to get work done at home. I agree about try to switch up your work environment. Sometimes I stay home, and other times I try a cafe. Kind of just depends the mood I’m in. I’m definitely going to bookmark this page.
Love going to cafes to work! Thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed it!
All of these are super helpful. It has taken me months of working at home to finally get into a rhythm of getting things done. While getting dressed every morning has been one of my habits since the beginning, lists and planners were not utilized until very recently. All of these small things make all the difference!
I love that you mention about having essential oils and a diffuser in your space! Very wise to have whether just clearing the air up, or fighting against sickness. Also, the point about eating – sometimes I get so focused I forget or just don’t get around to it. Very bad thing for me in the past.
Indya | The Small Adventurer says
Working from home can be so much fun, but it also has its challenges. I find that getting up earlier really helps me get a lot more done, plus I am less stressed and strapped for time so I’m actually able to let myself take breaks and have something to eat, which is very important. These tips are great!
Indya || The Small Adventurer
Exactly same here! Getting up earlier definitely helps. Thank you so much so glad you enjoyed the tips!
Wow nice tips and sound nice work at home. But it’s just luck for some people I guess. I wish I’m also lucky to do it
I appreciate this post so much. I also work at home. Sometimes I don’t get out of the house and it drags me down. I need to get some vitamin D too haha
You are so welcome! & YES Vitamin D is so important!!!!<3
Karmen Kendrick says
So helpful! I just started working from this week with my job, and I realized I’m not doing any of things I planned to be doing since I got this amazing opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you so much !! So glad you found it helpful! And congrats on the job!
I agree with you that working from home is awesome but sometimes it’s not as easy as it might seem. My biggest problem is a constant distraction. My family doesn’t seem to understand that I’m working the same as everyone else, just from the other place, and don’t see anything wrong with interrupting me all the time. That’s why I really should find another place to work, a coffee shop for example, but I must admit – I’m often too lazy to do that. At least my eating habits are quite ok 🙂 I also agree that timers and to-do lists are important. I actually found a software that can serve as both: Kanban Tool ( https://kanbantool.com/ ). I like it because having too many apps installed doesn’t help productivity either.
Yes exactly! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks so much (:
Thanks for sharing these tips. All tips are very informative.