The first few months of working from home were fun. You were absolutely giddy at the thought of not having a boss checking in on you every hour on the hour, and the thought of ditching that uncomfortable suit in favor of yoga pants was simply heavenly. While you had to go through a learning curve, you learned how to work from home successfully and are now comfortable with your telecommuting gig. Maybe a little too comfortable.
If you’re finding that your job has become a little ho hum, here’s how to avoid the boredom that can set in when you work from home.
Switch up your schedule
After getting your kids to school, you return home to your home office, turn on your computer, and sip your coffee while you wait for all the programs to load. You answer emails, look at your lists, and start your workday. Yawn. While having a somewhat consistent routine is necessary in order to maintain your productivity, switching up your routine every now and then can help combat boredom. Try tackling some of the more fun aspects of your job first to motivate you throughout the rest of the day. Simply doing various activities at different times can be enough to breathe a little life into a stagnant schedule.
As a busy working mother, you tend to plow through your workday so you can be free when your kids come home from school. Thing is, that’s one of the quickest ways to becoming bored—and burning out. So even though it may seem counterintuitive (especially if you want to get your work done as fast as possible), it’s important to take breaks during your day. Try taking a power walk around your neighborhood—and admire the now-changing leaves—during your lunch hour. Or get together with some fellow work-from-home moms and have coffee together before your workday begins. Those breaks from the routine will actually boost your productivity, allowing you to work faster, smarter, and more energized.
Take on new projects
You’ve been working for the same company for a couple of years now, and frankly, you could do your job in your sleep. (And to be honest, sometimes it feels like you have.) While you won’t love every single aspect of your telecommuting job, there are ways to find the fun in it again. Look at your job and see what excites you—and what doesn’t. Pitch some new projects to your boss that align with what you’d really like to be doing. While it may be a little more work in the beginning, doing a lot of what you love can help you get through the parts of your position that you don’t. And that will help motivate you to get through your workday—sans boredom.