Working alone at home may sound like a nightmare to anyone, but as a fully signed introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-less trivia, no noise, just peace and tranquility to complete deep and focused work. Well not enough. Working alone at home has more challenges than you expect. Boredom, lack of attention and lack of motivation to name a few.
When you start working for yourself, you quickly realize that one of the biggest problems you face is not work. Maintaining your motivation leads to potentially enormous difficulty. Instead of a traditional office setting, most of the difficulty comes from working alone. There is also the challenge of being focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract you or disrupt the video.
But by far the biggest problem is the simple lack of motivation. There does not seem to be a pressing need to end the project right now, making it much easier to close later. Left unchecked, lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the years I have developed some go-to strategies to improve the motivation of my work.
Here are some tools that I use to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different types of tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your attention.
1. Include a comma
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on the entire room for 20 seconds. This gives a chance to reset your eyes. Do something similar with the rest of your body; Don’t just look across the room, walk, walk, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use the app to remind you.
2. Block the afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, consider it a chance to network. Anyhow, be sure to spend this stretch of time with other people. Social and Network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
For a 9-to-5 job one has to get up in the morning, prepare for the day, get out of the house and come to his workplace. In other words, it is required Going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your home to work, but try to stay with the schedule. Filling the time of an old job with your new job helps keep you motivated – you can’t quit early!
These next few tips are small things you can do to trick yourself into focusing!
This tip may sound cliche, but whenever you feel priceless try to listen to an upbeat song aloud. This is a simple trick, but surprisingly effective!
2. Work elsewhere to change the scenery
When senescence sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favorite cafe can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to rent office space outside the home, and help move between the two.
3. Love what you do
This is the most important point in the entire list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – especially long term. Sure, you may be able to move through will power for a while, but sooner or later you will completely lose motivation. Do something that you absolutely love, and you will find it very easy to live with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are related to the industry!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your projects will be fun, but at least fight to make some of them fun. These can also be personal side projects, not specifically related to your main job. Or they may be in the same general area, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events once a year
Almost every imaginative industry has an organized body of some sort. Find a local branch, and use it to track industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even spark some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Call at least once a week to learn something within your industry
Consider it as an opportunity for personal development. Try to learn something new about your industry at least once a week. For me, this may mean calling a new tool provider to display your gadget. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little every week. You will learn new ways and can make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you. Above all, try to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule” and look for continuous self-improvement opportunities. With those thoughts in mind, you will find yourself inspired to live much easier to do alone or in a group!