January 7th, 2021

Many of us have had to adjust our working environments in the past year. Working remotely has become a norm to many, and has given us many perks such as no commute, more time at home with the kids, and no loud work distractions. However, over time it can wreak havoc on your overall work productivity and health, especially if you’ve been doing it for a long time. In order to continue to stay productive, you must learn to stay motivated. If you fail to find ways to stay motivated it can lead to procrastination, mental stress, and lack in creativity. Here are some tips to stay motivated and healthy while you work from home.

1. Create a Successful Workspace:

Find an area in your home where you feel comfortable and inspired to do your best work. Develop an environment that’s conducive to creativity and make it “your own space.” While finding the “right” space to set up your office equipment is important, it is even more important to set up a space that is ergonomically correct to reduce strains on your body. Get a good chair, sturdy desk, and make sure to adjust your monitors appropriately. Consider personalizing your space in ways that support your workflow and create pleasure.

2. Practice Minimalism:

Our workspaces can have a direct effect on our ability to focus. Being surrounded by a handful of clutter can create unwanted distractions that prevent us from doing our best work. Decluttering, organizing, and letting go of things can create a sense of freedom from stress. Toss out those papers, clear off your desk, and get rid of all those items that don’t spark joy in your life.

3. Creatures of Routine:

As humans, we are creatures of routine. Developing a routine throughout the day is a great way to stay motivated. You can start by getting up early. Studies have shown that people who wake up early are more proactive than those who sleep in. Routines can also keep us productive and reduce stress levels. Create a routine that suits you best.

4. Escape and Refresh:

Working from home frees us from office distractions, but can also make us hyper-focused. Without being forced on taking breaks this can lead to burnout. On the other hand, we have an advantage working from home with more options to boost energy and mental vitality. Whether that might be going outside for fresh air, running on the treadmill, or doing some yoga stretches, taking time to escape improves focus and increases motivation. Put on those yoga pants… no one is here to judge.

5. Stay Connected:

It is important to stay connected with people. If you are part of a team, it is important for you to continue chatting and communicating with your co-workers. Certain strengths in others can help you in areas where you may be weak. Asking for feedback is crucial to grow as individuals. Whether you connect with your co-workers through video chats, instant messaging, or phone, it is important to stay connected. Chatting with co-workers makes you feel as though you are part of a team striving towards a common goal. Most importantly, staying connected with co-workers can help you stay motivated.

Interestingly enough, studies have revealed that 67% of businesses that implemented work from home policies due to the pandemic will keep these same policies in place permanently or for a longer time. [1]

Working remotely can have many positive effects on people, making your overall quality of life much more fulfilling. Using some of the tips above can help you stay motivated in the comfort of your own home.

[1] COVID-19 Shakes Up the Future of Work

 

 

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