As someone who works from home I have to be self motivated to complete my tasks for the day. In order to motivate myself I have a number of different approaches which I thought I would share with you.
- Take a break – Sometimes the best way to approach a full day of work is to take a break. I know it sounds counter productive but sometimes it can be the best approach to take. Have ten minutes, make a cup of tea and decide how you’re going to tackle your list of tasks for the day. Easing myself into my working day in this way can have a really positive impact on my motivation.
- Plan a Treat – One of my best ways to approach self motivation is to plan a treat for when I have completed a task. I set myself the goal of getting to a certain stage of the task and allow myself a treat once I have achieved it. My treat is usually in the form of a cup of tea, some chocolate or five minutes to reply to my messages on my phone. I find this works really well if I’ve started a task and I’m losing motivation.
- Have a Routine – A routine is a great way to encourage motivation. It eradicates that first half an hour of your day where you sit dithering as to what tasks to complete first. You might decide that the first task of the day is to check your emails and to deal with anything that arises from those. That would then begin your routine for the day. I tend to start the day by sitting down and making a list of the things I need to do that day.
- Make a Plan – I think making a plan is a huge part of motivating yourself. I like to write a list of my daily tasks so that I can easily visualise what I have to complete that day. Personally, I find that being able to visualise my tasks for the day helps towards motivating me and planning how best to utilise my time.
- Start Slowly Completing the Task – When I’m having a particularly bad day motivating myself and nothing is helping I force myself to just get on with one of the tasks on my list. This approach to motivating myself is the most time consuming but I find after a while I get into the right headspace and find my motivation returning to continue with my tasks for the day.
- Complete an Easy Task First – A good approach to motivating yourself for the day is to complete an easy task to begin with. You will find that your motivation rises as you can tick off one of your tasks for the day. Once you have completed an easy task move onto your more complex ones so that as you begin to lose motivation towards the end of the day you can return to the simpler items on your list.
- Turn your phone off – When working from home one of the biggest tips I can give you to motivate yourself is to turn your phone off. If I’m feeling demotivated I’m guilty of picking up my phone and wasting time scrolling through various social medias or catching up on blog comments. My phone becomes a treat during the day when I’m working and so I try to complete a task before checking my messages and limit social media to breaks.
- Remind Yourself of your End Goal – It’s always going to be difficult to motivate yourself if you can’t see why you’re completing a task. Keep thinking of your end goal whether it’s your pay cheque at the end of the month or posting a new blog post.
- Be Realistic – I cannot stress this point enough. Be realistic about how much you can complete within your given time. If you set yourself unrealistic goals then it will be harder to motivate yourself.
Let me know in the comments how you motivate yourself to complete a task.