#TipsTuesday: 8 Ways To Stay Motivated When Working From Home

I’m nearing my first full month of ‘full time blogging’ and at first I found it so hard to get into a routine to get everything finished on time and still have a social life, I always knew it would take some adjusting and a while to settle in but I feel like I’ve finally cracked it! Whether you’re a blogger or freelance, I thought I’d put together my top tips on how to stay motivated when working from home…

1.) Set yourself up an office or a space to work so you’re not working from your bed/sofa – you’ll get too easily distracted.

2.) Work out your working hours, I tend to be more creative of an evening so I try to work from 10-6 or 11-7, I get up around 8 and will go to the gym, do my weekly shop or do any chores I need to before I settle into my working day.

3.) Get up, shower and change into something comfortable (not pyjamas!). Get yourself into a routine as if you were getting ready to go out for the day whether that’s doing your makeup or changing into your favourite jeans, I’m always more motivated when I’m up and ready to take on the day!

4.) Create a good playlist to keep you motivated, I tend to listen to some old school r’n’b to get me going (especially on a Monday morning!).

5.) Stick to a schedule, I’m the queen of procrastination and find it hard to focus on one task at a time so lately I’ve been writing myself a daily schedule of what needs to be accomplished by what time so I can achieve everything I need to in one day (I’ll share my schedule soon so hopefully it will help!).

6.)  Leave your phone out of reach, I put mine on charge across the room and check it at lunchtime and of an evening, if I have it near me I’m too tempted to check Instagram, Facebook, What’s App (and so the list goes on!).

7.) Create an environment where you’re comfortable to work from, I like to light my favourite candles, pop on some Scentered ‘Focus’ therapy balm and have a big comfy cushion on my work chair so I’m set up for a days work.

8.) Remember to get some fresh air or step back, whether you’re working from home or an office it’s important to take regular breaks, especially if you’re glued to your laptop all day. I leave the house at least once every day even if it’s to my local shop or a short walk for some fresh air. Make sure you eat your lunch away from your office to allow yourself some downtime. 

How do you stay focused when working from home? I’d love to hear your tips!

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11 Comments

  1. Charlotte Colours and Carousels 6th October 2015 / 8:03 am

    At the moment I'm only working part time, so I dedicate most of my time to job hunting and working on my blog. It's strange not having a reason to get out of the house every day and I do sometimes struggle to keep myself motivated but these are great tips! I definitely agree about taking the time to get ready, it puts me in a much better mindset xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 9:01 am

      Same here lovely, it really does help to get up and get ready for the day as well as taking short breaks and getting some fresh air! x

  2. Erin Russell 6th October 2015 / 10:02 am

    I would be terrible at working from home, I can barely get the cleaning done without finding myself just standing watching youtube lol

    But I must admit lists are fab, I work 16 hours a week and during the week I am at home, I find it hard keeping myself sane but using lists definitely works, Make sure you are taking an hour for lunch too, watch some TV, text, eat away from your desk 🙂

    http://www.makeerinover.co.uk

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 9:01 am

      It is so hard to stay motivated sometimes! I always make a to-do list every morning and find it helps so much! x

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 9:03 am

      Definitely agree, it's nice to be comfy but not to wear something casual but not too comfy as you'll just want to lounge around watching films, ha! Thanks love 🙂 x

  3. Abigail Alice 6th October 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Setting up a really nice and clean desk space was one of the best ideas I had regarding how productive I was when working on my blog this summer. Thanks for the other tips, I'll be taking these on board!

    http://www.abigailalicex.com

    • Hayley Rubery 7th October 2015 / 9:03 am

      Same here – so nice to have somewhere nice to work from! Thank you, so glad you found it helpful love! x

  4. Anastasia 10th October 2015 / 8:16 pm

    I second the "dont wear your pj statement" it has never worked for me!
    xx

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