Welcome to episode 15 of the Creative Me podcast. Today’s episode is about how to stay motivated working from home.
I work from home 2 days a week – 4 if you count weekends. At the moment I on summer break from my day job as a teacher so my routine has been disrupted and sometimes I’ve been less productive than I’d like.
I plan to write an in-depth blog post about this but to get my creative juices flowing; I thought chatting about it on the podcast would be a good plan. It means anyone listening can contribute to the post too. If you’d like to contact me with your suggestions, please feel free to do so.
In this episode, I’ll chat about three ways to stay motivated working from home. My aim for the blog post would be ten. Here goes:
Having some actual humans to talk to is essential. It’s easy to go a whole 8 hours with (in my case) only a dog and two cats to chat to. I’m a member of the Seanwes business community, and it means I have access to like-minded individuals, and I can chat to them anytime and get feedback on any business challenges I face.
If you’ve not got people who you can talk to about your business then just go outside. Go for a walk, pick up a paper, talk to people – it will improve your day!
Treat your day like a day in the office: get dressed; don’t work in your PJs no matter how tempting it is. I like to put a bit of makeup on. It’s not a vanity thing; it’s about routine. Take breaks – don’t do chores – you’re at work. If you must put a load of washing in then, do it on your lunch break. Yes, I said lunch break. Take one of those too.
It’s important you don’t work where you sleep if you can. Have a separate workspace.
Part of my working from home routine is to make a list of everything I plan to achieve over the next 8 hours or so in Workflowy (if you like Workflowy you’ll love this book). I also try and remove distractions. Freedom is my app of choice for internet blocking
Look after yourself. Drink water, take breaks, nap (yes nap if it works for you) and exercise. I walk the dog every day after lunch, and it really helps me stay focused and energised.
How do you stay motivated working from home? Please feel free to let me know by email firstname.lastname@example.org or on social media – you can find my links on martineellis.com. I’ve posted this question on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s episode and that you’ll join me next week. Thanks for tuning in