In case you weren’t aware, I’m a full time blogger and freelance copywriter, and I work from home. I left my job as a bookseller about five months ago and since then I’ve been putting all of my efforts into writing, and gaining experience in schools (I’m hoping to become a primary school teacher eventually).
This means that I am my own boss and I’m lucky enough to be able to plan my days as I see fit. As I have a laptop and a good internet connection, there’s no reason for me to go out to a workspace; I can work from the comfort of my own home! As amazing as this is, working from home can have its downsides.
It can be hard to motivate yourself when you are working in the same area as you relax, and if I find I’ve not had a very productive day, or I realise that the only conversation I’ve had for days is with my cat, my mental health suffers – and having good mental health is something very important to me.
It was one of these days when I received a wonderful package from Jet2.com, full of products designed with ‘self care’ in mind. After trying out some of the products, it inspired me to think up some of the best ways to stay sane while working from home, and I thought I’d share them with you – whether you work from home full time, are a part time blogger or a student, here are three ways to keep motivated while working from home!
Remember to take time out for yourself
When you are self-employed or have a bunch of essays to write, it’s easy to get into non-stop-work-mode. But, if you forget to take time out for yourself you’ll either burn yourself out or become completely disillusioned with what you’re doing.
Take frequent breaks and remember to do things you enjoy. When I have a full day of writing and admin, I like to light a candle and drink lots of mugs of tea and coffee to keep me going. Eat well and listen to your body. At the end of the day, I like to take the evening to relax and have a spa bath – even if you only have time for a face mask, you’ll feel refreshed and pampered.
If you take the time to look after yourself, you’ll feel much more motivated to work hard and your mental health will thank you for it.
This is something that I have struggled with now I work from home. Before, I would walk to work every morning, and in my most recent job as a bookseller I was on my feet constantly. I would then walk home and on some days, go running at the gym in the evening. Now that I work from home I don’t actually have to leave the house, and I certainly don’t have to speed-walk to the train station carrying heavy bags. This means the amount of unintentional exercise I get has decreased.
I’ve found this quite hard to deal with; I’m used to being fairly active and I do find my energy levels are lower, the less exercise I do. I also find it hard to fit in going to the gym even though technically I have more spare time, as I always have something I could be doing – whether that is focusing on my freelance work, my blog or catching up with admin and invoices – it’s hard to switch off!
One of my goals to take into the New Year is to be more structured with exercise, and working out beforehand what days/times of the week I will fit in exercise. I like to run at the gym, so I have to factor in how long it takes me to get there and back, but if I do go, I feel a hundred times better both mentally and physically.
If you’re not a fan of the gym, home-based exercise such as Yoga can be a great way to get fit in the comfort of your own home.
Leave the House
If you work at home every day, then one of the best ways to recharge your motivation is actually just by leaving the house. Whether you just go for a walk, nip to the shops or spend the afternoon working from your local coffee shop – a change of scenery can do wonders.
One of the things people like so much about being self-employed is that they’re not tied down to working in the same office everyday, so it makes sense to make the most of your freedom. If you can, see if you can work with a friend once a week. This week I spent the day working in a coffee shop with my best friend and it worked wonders! I felt happy, motivated and it was really nice to catch up at the same time. I’d forgotten how enjoyable it can be to have a natter while you work; without colleagues you do lose out on this and it can become lonely, so if you have a friend to work with, take them up on it.
How do you stay motivated? I’d love to hear any ideas!
*This post is a collaboration with Jet2Holidays but all thoughts my own*