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How to Motivate Yourself When You're Working Alone


You've found the ideal work at home job and now you want to know how to motivate yourself to get the work done without a boss standing over you telling you what to do. Practice the following simple suggestions for daily motivation. 

Make a List

Your mind will be more settled if you write down your assignments. This is also true for the weekly grocery list, errands and carpool pick up times. Take a few minutes each day to write down everything you need to accomplish. This will free your mind from continuously thinking about the 'what' and move on to the doing. 

Break Things Down

When you have a large project to complete, feeling overwhelmed is understandable. It is essential to get past feeling overwhelmed and regain your inspiration. Look at your work list for the day, and break it down into manageable pieces. Then, focus on how to motivate yourself to take the first step. When you've completed the first step, then focus on the next step and so on. You can apply the process of breaking a large job into smaller parts to just about any project. 

Set Manageable Deadlines

Nothing is more stressful when working from home than having more work than you can reasonably complete on time. Especially since the boss is not standing over your shoulder, it is stressful to realize you can't meet the deadline you agreed to. Learn to manage your work load so that you can complete it on time. If you consistently work around the clock to meet deadlines, you defeat the purpose of working from home. 

Take Frequent Breaks

If you find yourself going in circles and getting nowhere, get up and take a walk or fix a cup of tea. Whatever you do, walk away from your work for a few minutes. The work will still be there when you come back. And, renewed inspiration may be your reward for taking a short break. As with parenting a child, bringing a project to fruition is sometimes both challenging and frustrating. When you are frustrated, you are not productive. Invoke the magic of a few quiet moments to collect your thoughts and stretch your muscles. Your work will improve as a result.

Reward Your Efforts

Even if you had a difficult day staying focused and motivated, reward yourself with something at the end of the day. Just marking something off your to-do list with a fat red marker may be enough to inspire you to get up the next morning and start all over again. A social engagement is even better since it gets you away from your work place altogether. 

A daily motivation practice is important when you work alone. With no one to check on your progress, it is up to you to provide your own inspiration. Make a list of your daily goals, break big jobs into smaller pieces and gauge the amount of work you can complete on time. Beyond that, take frequent breaks to clear your mind and reward each accomplishment, regardless of how small.

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