Working from home makes you your own boss and allows you the freedom to decide which project to take and how many hours to work each day. When you are the one calling the shots and there is no supervision, it can become a little challenging to stay motivated to achieve daily milestones and finish the project.
Another reason for a lack of motivation is the fact that there may not be any monetary incentives coming from the client; the project amount you agreed on may be the only money you would be getting. Unlike an office where you get performance bonuses, holiday bonuses and leave encashment etc., working from home rarely offers such perks. This can take the motivational factor out and make you a bit complacent.
So, the question is how do you stay motivated when you have no additional incentives?
Let’s find out!
Have a clean and separate working space
I cannot stress on this enough; the importance of having a clean and a designated working place should never be taken for granted. When you sit down to work just about anywhere you can never get that sense of professionalism. Plus, you can never stay away from small distractions such as television, family members engaging you in small talk and taking breaks for insignificant chores. All of these activities take the focus away and impact your outcome and daily milestones. When you feel you are not achieving much you tend to lose motivation.
So have a separate working space and when you are working make it off-limits for everyone else.
Break down a big project into smaller milestones
When we get a big project, things can become overwhelming. We mostly tend to focus on the final deadline, which can lead you to believe you are not achieving much on a daily basis. The best thing to do is to break down the project into small daily milestones. At the end of the day when you achieve your daily milestone, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to keep going and meet your daily objectives.
Maintain a to-do list
One of the pitfalls of working from home is that you have to manage both work and domestic load simultaneously. It is quite common for both tasks to pile up, which makes you feel as if nothing is being achieved; this is a key factor is losing all motivation.
In order to avoid any sort of bottleneck you need to maintain a to-do list. It should have both your work-related and chores on it. This will allow you to get things done and as you go down the list you will feel that each successfully finished task will motivate you to get the next one done.
Give yourself small rewards
Whenever you are in the middle of a big project and you complete a day successfully (after achieving all milestones) you must give yourself a small reward. You could watch a show you like, go out or even just relax and read; the idea is to do something you love. This way you will get the sense of having a balanced life where work does not take over your personal life. It is very important for a home-based worker to maintain a distinction between personal and professional life otherwise working from home will lose its charm and you won’t be motivated to keep going.
Find yourself a favorite café or an outdoor working spot
When the weather is good or you do not feel like sitting at home, go to a café or a park and work there; remember, you are working from home and you need to enjoy all the perks. A change of scene can do wonders for your motivation and mood.
Remember, working from home does not have to be all about working, you still need to maintain a personal life that involves no work-talk. Without additional monetary incentives, a home-based job can make it difficult for you to be motivated every day but if you plan each day, things could keep going in the right direction.