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How to stay motivated when working from home

a workspace at home


“Following the Covid-19 Pandemic, many UK businesses have now been shown that remote work is not only possible but also desirable for many workers. The number one benefit listed by remote workers was the increased flexible hours that were offered by fully remote roles. Many claimed the ability to better organise their hours around other priorities was also a major factor in their desire to work remotely."

However, this can also be challenging for some people. These downsides include:

  • Working too much

  • Prioritising work

  • Interruptions from family members

  • Isolation and loneliness

  • Technology hitches

  • Unhealthy habits

Working from home can be a motivation killer for a few reasons.

1 Lack of structure: An office environment often provides a built-in structure to the workday. The commute, set working hours, and physical separation between work and home life can create a clear division. At home, the lines can blur. Without a set routine, it can be easy to procrastinate or feel like you are always “on” because you never truly leave the office.

2 Increased distractions: The comfort of home can also be a breeding ground for distractions. Family members, pets, chores, the allure of TV, or even social media, can all be much harder to resist when you are working in the same space you relax in.

3 Loneliness and isolation: Social interaction with colleagues is a natural part of the office environment. While video calls can help, the lack of i-person connection can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can zap motivation.

4 Reduced senses of accomplishment: Completing tasks in an office often comes with a sense of accomplishment as you can see colleagues around you working and making progress. At home, it can be harder to feel that same sense of achievement, leading to a dip in motivation.

5 Blurred work-life balance: Without a physical separation between work and home life, it can be tempting to keep working after hours or check emails constantly. This lack of clear boundaries can lead to burnout and decreased motivation in the long run.

Strategies for staying motivated:

1 Create a dedicated workspace:

Having a designated workspace is crucial for staying motivated and productive when working from home. It creates a physical and mental separation between your work life and personal life. This clear distinction helps you switch gears more easily at the beginning and end of your workday. Walking away from your designated workspace becomes a symbolic act of clocking out, allowing you to truly relax and recharge during your off-hours. This separation can significantly reduce stress and prevent burnout, keeping you motivated and focused throughout the workday. Furthermore, a dedicated workspace allows you to organize your work materials and personalize the environment to suit your needs. This can boost creativity and focus, ultimately leading to a more productive and fulfilling work experience.

Tips for setting up a dedicated workspace to promote motivation:

1 Location:

Find the right spot: Choose a quiet, well-lit area with minimal distractions. Avoid high-traffic zones in your home and consider factors like noise levels and sunlight.

Embrace natural light: Natural light can boost mood and energy levels. If possible, position your workspace near a window,


2 Spruce it up for inspiration:

Personalize your space: Surround yourself with things that inspire you. This could be artwork, motivational quotes, photos, or plants.

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Keep it organized: A cluttered workspace can lead to a cluttered mind. Invest in storage solutions and declutter regularly to maintain a sense of calm and focus.

Ergonomics matter: Ensure your workspace is comfortable and promotes good posture. Invest in an ergonomic chair and adjust your desk and your monitor heights for optimal comfort.


3 Be organised:

Invest in a Planner that works well for you. Check out the new Printable planner below.


printable planner





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