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When times are tough and you find yourself needing to work from home, it can feel like you have limited options. As an entrepreneur, mom of two, and passionate creative, I had to find several hacks to help keep me inspired. Working from home can be challenging, but it is not impossible!
You may also have to settle for things to fit around your “work-from-home” schedule.
Believe me, I know!
After the pandemic forced us into lockdown my inspiration took a huge dive. I soon needed new ways to keep inspired while working from home. It is a real challenge to keep inspired while trying to keep all your priorities in balance. And to top it all, needing some extra income soon too!
To be stuck behind your home office desk while trying to homeschool your children. It is not exactly practical trying to clean the house while growing your business!
Working from home, especially if you are not used to it, can also impact your sense of purpose. An organizational psychologist, Dr. Amy Wrzesniewski, confirmed this.
As soon as I realized this, I turned my attention online. I discovered several ways to get more peace and structure while working from home.
The workplace itself, brings focus, interaction, and a sense of belonging. This acts as an important input to the meaning and purpose of the work itself.
The following 6 “hacks” as I like to refer to them, allowed me to find inspiration.
Let’s look at how I dealt with it:
1. Figure out what you’re missing
Identifying which aspects of your in-office, pre-pandemic job you actually miss. This will help you focus on your work. It also brings a sense of purpose to where you are right now.
2. Have a dedicated workspace
It does not need to be a huge space, but I found it great to be able to close a door. To avoid distractions, try to be farther away from the humming noises of a busy household. It is important to create a separate and exclusive space to claim a tax deduction.
3. Create (and stick to) a routine
Create a routine to demarcate work time from personal time. Even if you’re not moving between locations. Entering a different level of focus helps to be able to switch off from work. I practice boundaries between my workspace and personal space. I also practice knowing when to stop working.
4. Find a network of remote workers
Expand your circle and connect with other individuals with similar routines. Other connections whose working requirements are the same keeps us connected. Social skills remind us that we’re not alone. LinkedIn is a great place to start and maintaining your network should be on your to-do list every day.
5. Reconnect with the purpose of your work
Finding ways to connect to why your work matter to you is essential. It will help you to find purpose in your daily routine. If having food in your fridge and the ability to settle your bills are not good enough reasons already.
6. Manage your distractions
A huge risk of working from home is that it’s so easy not to work. A winning strategy I use is to accept that I will never be 100% productive. It makes it easier to be in control of my “mind-wanderings” at work and it is manageable. I can also recommend using a timer when you have to be 100% focused on one task.
So, from these “hacks”, I declare my own “secret weapon” for keeping inspired while working from home to be:
FINDING PURPOSE IN MY EVERY DAY MUNDANE
I do this by asking myself these three questions every morning:
1. Why do I do this?
This question takes me back to my vision board and the goals I would like to achieve. All my goals are set within timelines. I know there are certain goals that need more time and others are achievable right now if I am committed
2. How will I do this?
Here I revisit my habit tracker and my daily affirmations. I don’t need the motivation or encouragement of others as much as I need it from myself! I need to be able to look at what I have accomplished already. Then I need to look at what I am able to still do and this motivates me to move forward. By understanding what I need to research before I can complete a task, helps me to get it done.
3. What will I focus on today?
This is a reminder to look at my daily tasks and my calendar. Time blocking is essential to help me focus on what is important. Prioritizing taking time off for myself and when I do get lost in a project, it is easy to find my way back.
Looking at these hacks, it’s important that you actually put them into practice.
Try implementing at least one tip now and once you’ve mastered it, choose your next one.
Avoid the overwhelm of trying to do everything all at once. Your results will be falling back into bad habits sooner than later.
Simple, small steps are how you will see success in keeping inspired while working from home.
Share with me how you will start to do things to keep you inspired while working from home in the comments below!
Your story might very well be the secret weapon that others need to keep inspired!
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