Working from Home

What’s your number one tip for staying motivated while working from home?

I recently posted a single question on Linkedin and Twitter asking a very simple question. What’s your number one tip for staying motivated while working from home? It was a popular post with over 12,400 views on Linkedin as of April 16, 2020 @ 5:30 PM.

Below is a compilation of all the answers I received between both the Linkedin and Twitter posts.

  • Nespresso and Spotify (preferably very loud).
  • Looking forward to a nice glass of whatever your favourite drink happens to be … preferably at the end of the work day.
  • Having something to look forward to in your work day and after work is the way to go. Whether it’s starting a new project, completing a fitness challenge or enjoying a small indulgence at the end of the day, there is no shortage of ideas.
  • Knowing that I have to provide for my team and my client’s team keeps me motivated. If I fail it doesn’t only impact me, it impacts those around me (sheldonpayne.com).
  • Maybe not a motivation tip, but I find it important to carve out some time for a few calls that fall outside the mandatory daily ones. Who do you talk to at the office that you haven’t connected with in the last couple weeks? I’m finding those calls the most rewarding. It shows you’re thinking about them and valuing them. Plus… you find out what they’re working on that you might not be fully up to speed on. …and it genuinely makes me feel good to connect.
  • I’ve worked from home for the last 5 years, as all my team does, and what motivates me is 1) knowing what I do means jobs for my team, 2) helps my clients drive revenues, 3) is a great example of a good work ethic for my 5 older children, and 4) to never have to work from an office again….plus I love what I do.
  • Manage your time effectively! I have small kids constantly requiring attention so I try to take 10 minutes or so each hour for them, which allows me 50 minutes of power! 🙂
  • I start my day by meditating for 20 mins and then think about everything that I’m grateful for. When I’m working from home, my motivation is the work…still being able to do work that I enjoy.
  • Keeps doing what you are doing.
  • Each day is different. Today I helped my 11 y.o son interview the author of a book he is reading for a school project; that time together was rewarding. Who knows what tomorrow brings 🙂
  • I have started each morning with reading a book for 30 min – 1 hour – gives me time to think and learn and also hit a goal (I’ll finish a book every 1.5-2 weeks). I’m finding it works.
  • Learn something everyday, do something fun, have a routine; and for me find a way to contribute….we can all do something to make this time better.
  • I run my home office days like my work office days. My tasks are organized into the Eisenhower Matrix. Its bulletproof! Do you know it? I also work out every other morning with the Raptors Fitness Challenge. It sucks (well, I struggle) but it works!
  • After working from home for most of the last 20 years I have tried different things. The main thing is having weekly & daily goals on both the work & personal sides of the equation. I have found that business goals have to be realistic and achievable. Years ago I put too much on my To Do list and felt like I never accomplished anything. This led to stress and anxiety. Therefore, each Friday I summarize my accomplishments of the past week, reorder my ongoing responsibilities, and create weekly strategic and tactical goals that get broken into the daily tactical goals. Each day I start by looking at my day and usually setting 2-3 Must Do goals per day and 2-3 Nice to Do goals. My prioritization uses the simple Urgent/Important matrix where I delegate or drop anything that isn’t urgent or important. I like what Mark Jordan suggests. I have ADHD so my normal work routine is to break down my day into 60-minute chunks with 45 minutes of actual work or focus time followed by something else for 15 minutes: nature break, checking email, grabbing coffee/water, or letting the dog out in the backyard. On the personal side we always try and schedule dinner together and talk about our day. I exercise most days, often going outside midday.
  • Creating a schedule and routine. Trying to work in 45 minute chunks. Carving out time for intentional mental breaks (could be reading, or going for a walk). Doesn’t have to be down to the hour. Also helps when looking back at impact and accomplishments.
  • I have four goals per day: work, exercise, learn, social – if I find I’m not productive at work, I switch to one of the other three.
  • Aside from the general work motivation of interesting and complex projects to be solved… I know that there are two little people waiting for me to send that email, wrap that meeting, or complete that deliverable so I can turn my attention to them. This motivates me to focus and time-box my work, which has been urgent in the last few weeks. There is so much more to our current situation than working from home.
  • Wearing pants. 👖 Jokes aside, I find wearing PJ just makes me unmotivated and lazy. I find getting up and putting on the same clothes that I would normally wear to work helps. I make a part of my morning routine. Added bonus, you get to look fly on zoom calls.
  • My mortgage.
  • Set goals for the week and have an accountability partner to check in with on each others goals. It helps keep the motivation up when it starts to tank when you get distracted, makes you think twice about how you spend your time, and also provides much needed connection and solidarity.
  • A morning run
  • Get up, get clean and get dressed. I’m not saying you have to put on a suit and tie (unless that’s your thing), but get ready for work like you’re going to the office. Then grab a coffee and get started with your day!
  • I start each morning working from home with my journal and try to set an “intention” for the day that honors one of my values.. eg kindness – what can i do that is kind today? …. doing something that gives me connection, and I feel like I’m making an impact which to me = results and success.
  • Work out early – dress for the day you ‘want’ to have – build in an end of day ‘commute’ (walk) before you shift to your personal life.
  • Know your working purpose, keep that centred around your personal purpose, and focus.
  • Taking 30 minutes mid day to go for a walk in my woods. Fresh air, nature, always amps up my energy and focus.
  • Setting a routine and keeping to it. Blocking off time in my calendar and sticking to the schedule. Making sure I can turn off at the right time.
  • Sticking to a form of schedule, but leaving it open. The flexibility around being at home and jungling through multiple tasks.
  • Knowing that I have to provide for my team and my clients team keeps me motivated. If fail it doesn’t only impact me, it impacts those around me.
  • Explore and embrace creative solutions.
  • Working from home means dress for work, wear shoes.
  • Time.
  • If you complete one thing in the morning and one in the afternoon, you get 10 things done every week, and complete 500 things a year.
  • Strong morning routine including a workout.
  • You gotta pull through for your team.
  • Reading and fuelling my brain with knowledge.
  • My students are counting on me to show up every day and make their lives seem normal for a little while.
  • Simple one: but having an evolving to-do list of both personal & work tasks
  • Creating a schedule and routine. Trying to work in 45 minute chunks. Carving out time for intentional mental breaks (could be reading, or going for a walk). Doesn’t have to be down to the hour. Also helps when looking back at impact and accomplishments.
  • Virtual work sprints via Slack Community. They’re free and they keep you focused. Try one: http://bit.ly/flexdayslack
  • Remember that the rent is due in 30 days or less!
  • Be kind to yourself.
  • Such a great question! Have a couple of “go to” people to bounce ideas off of or who can help bolster your spirits when needed.
  • Suit Up.
  • Dress Up.
  • Use the Primodoro Technique for working in short bursts that require my full attention.
  • 1 tip for staying motivated? Love life. Enjoy the life you have. There’s beauty in life, even in the current chaos and uncertainty.

Anything to add? Feel free to contact me or add it in the comments below.

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