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Are you enjoying the growth of your online business? These first few weeks and months may be full of highs and lows, but it is important to focus on your ultimate goals. When you work by yourself you don’t have any social interaction with coworkers, or even have free time to gripe about your boss (because you are the boss!!). Today I’m going to show you how to stay motivated while working from home.
Keep reading to find out how to stay focused and reach your dreams!
Get Rid of Any Distractions
When you work from home there are so many distractions it can be hard to stay focused and get actual work done. You may not have time in the morning to do anything while the baby (or babies) or running around but during naptime, it may seem easier to put on sports or veg out watching reality TV.
You don’t want to fall into this trap! Once you put the kids down, load up your website and get to work. Check your email, social media, and network!
Dress For Success
One of the great advantages of working from home is you do not have to deal with a commute! Since you don’t have to be seen in public why should you get out of your t-shirt and pajama pants? The simple answer is it will help get you into a working frame of mind. The first thing I do in the morning after getting the kids to school is make up the bed and get dressed.
This mentally tells me “okay the bed is made and the day has started, you won’t be laying down until tonight”. That’s how you have to be! Every. Single Day. I’m not saying you have to wear a shirt and tie every morning, but a nice pair of slacks and a business casual shirt should always be a part of your wardrobe (you never know who may want to have a skype call with you). So trade in those pajamas for a better outfit and tackle the day!
For your business to be successful organization has to be a key component. You cannot grow your business without a proper plan in place, and sticking to a schedule is extremely important.
Your blog posts should be kept on a schedule not only for organizational purposes but to make sure you are repeating the same content over and over.
Social media should be constrained to a limited amount of time per day, so you aren’t looking up and seeing 3 hours of the day gone because of Facebook and Youtube videos.
Approach every day like a business day, wake up at the same time (if you aren’t already with the kids), have specific office hours for work, and hopefully asleep around the same time. Having a routine is a great way to stay organized not only for your business but in life in general.
Knowledge is Power
Whenever I work with a new hire at a hotel I always explain the importance of learning as much as you possibly can. This includes learning things outside of your job description because the more you know in the industry the more valuable you are.
The same goes for running and operating your business. Last year I read over 50 books on how to grow your online business and you should continuously look to gain knowledge in running your business as well. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg you can find great books on the Amazon Kindle store for under $2.99, some of them free during promotional periods!
So find some excellent books and grow your knowledge base today!
Create a Dedicated Working Area
You shouldn’t work from your bed. Plain and simple it will keep your energy down and you won’t be motivated to get up and do actual work. It doesn’t have to be a private office in your home or apartment, all you need is some desk space for your computer/laptop, and any other essential items you will need during the day.
When I lived in Texas my work area was in our master bedroom, but there was a small desk area where I kept my computer that also had a mirror and a very bright light overhead. This made it easier to work even on the gloomy weather days.
Once you have a dedicated work area set up you will be able to focus on whatever tasks you need to get done for the day without any major distractions or nagging issues getting in the way.
If you find that you are struggling to get up in the morning, a quick 15-20 minute exercise can get the blood flowing and make you effective throughout the day. Your health will become increasingly more important as you work from home (no reason to constantly buy fast food for lunch or dinner), but there will also be more temptations to cook when you should be working.
If you are exercising and eating quality meals your level of focus should be high all day.
Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You
Exercising is important, but so is your overall mental health. As I stated above working from home can be lonely, and you will need a lot of mental strength to get through the bad days that hit any business owner or entrepreneur. When mishaps occur don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
Take a deep breath and think of the best ways to solve the problem without losing your cool or having a nervous breakdown. If you find yourself getting stressed over everything during a workday, try to schedule at least one day a week where you can have an “off day”. An “off day” will be a day where you do little to no work and focus on enjoying your family and life in general. Those off days are always great and can be the refresher your brain will need to tackle another busy week.
What Motivates You?
So now that you’ve looked at my list, does anything stand out to you that you already do? Are there things you would like to add? If you are still wondering how to stay motivated while working from home and want to discuss this topic further, leave a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll talk to you soon!