I love blogging and one day it’s my aim to be able to work full-time from home, but until that day happens I have worked out that having my own space to work from helps me to stay motivated when working from home. I have tried working with a laptop on the sofa, and then using a tablet, but I have found I work best when sitting at my desk using a dedicated space just for me.
I appreciate I am lucky to have my own corner of the lounge and not everyone has that luxury. I would love my own office but our house isn’t going to accommodate that for me. I do find that sitting on the sofa is distracting when the TV is on, or other people are in the room, so sitting at my own small but mown desk works very well for me.
Organise Your Working Space
I find a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind for me as I’m often distracted by what I can see around me. My desk isn’t too big, but has enough space for my computer, my planner, bullet journal, glasses and some pens. If I spot the clutter creeping in then I have to take the time to have a clear down before I carry on.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Having a good posture sitting at my desk is very important for me, I was using a dining room chair for a little while but it was hurting my back, so I had to make sure I invested in a good office chair a little like these from Furniture@work. Once I had a chair that works for me, I am a lot more comfortable and it helps me concentrate for a lot longer.
Schedule in breaks
You will do yourself no good if you try to work for too long a period without taking a break. Just ten minutes every hour or two to step away from the screen will help keep the concentration levels high. I find a walk or some fresh air at lunch time is a great way to keep the brain flowing for the afternoon when I am most susceptible to a slump in concentration.
Plan Your Day
I find having a general plan of the day helps me to stay focused and motivated through the day. By scheduling in time for social media, writing blog posts, planning, emails etc, I find that I get more done in less time, rather than floundering about trying to achieve twenty three things all at once.
How do you stay motivated when working from home?
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