How To Maximize Motivation and Productivity When You Work From Home
I know what you’re thinking, I work from home so my life must be really easy, right?. Its actually not true at all. It can be much harder for an entrepreneur to work from home than it is to go into an office. It’s harder for a lot of reasons but mostly because there is no one monitoring your motivation levels or your productivity. I’m the master of my own design and so are you. It’s completely up to you to not only stay productive but to run your business.
Yes, working from home is convenient and it certainly has it’s benefits. I don’t have to worry about commuting and yelling as my car is stuck in a gridlock. There are no brown bag lunches, I can live wherever I want and my environment matches my level of creativity. Yes it makes life better but not easier.
Working from home can be a challenge. You have to be extremely disciplined, like the discipline of a…ninja. Now those guys have discipline in the bag! Not only that though you have to also be good at balancing your life and your own motivation.
It’s hard to stay motivated at home. Think about it, there’s a TV, an excellent view and laundry to do! Everyone has those moments where nothing is flowing properly and then you start thinking to yourself, “Good time to fill the dishwasher!” Note, this is a red flag because there is never just one thing that needs to be done around the house and the next thing you know you’re outside in a lawn chair with homemade Mojitos and half of the lawn mowed. And you know once the Mojitos start flowing the work day is over!
So what do we do to start behaving like entrepreneurial ninja’s and avoid early Mojito overload? It’s simple you just need to change how you operate your home business.
Firstly, work away from distractions, that’s everything from the TV, radio, children and the husband. The husband especially because those tricky guys like to distract and ask lots of questions.
If you don’t already have a home office, make one. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a place to allow your creative juices to flow and keep you away from distractions. Try to treat your home like you would a real life office and that means no running out to the grocery store, no taking time to post vacation pictures on Facebook and stop sleeping in until 10am.
Secondly, set a schedule. Make sure you know what needs to be done during that day and when it needs to be done. To-do-lists are awesome they help you stay focused and organized.
And Thirdly, don’t multitask and procrastinate. Procrastination is killer and everyone who works from home has issues with it. Working from home allows you to put things off and you can’t do that and be productive. Stop trying to do everything at once, believe it or not but you get less done if you do that.
Hire a Virtual Assistant if you have to, get those mundane tasks off your desk and put them on a Virtual Assistant’s desk. Let someone else deal with social media and web maintenance, make it your Virtual Assistant’s tasks for the day. It will free up your time to do all the tasks that only you can do.