5 ways to stay motivated if you’re still working remotely
If you’ve been working from home since the beginning of lockdown and you’re starting to experience a significant dip in your motivation levels, here are five ways to boost your enthusiasm and increase your productivity.
1. Get back into a routine
While you may have settled into a regular routine in the early days of lockdown, don’t be surprised if it’s fallen away in recent weeks. If you’re struggling to get up before nine, your workspace has migrated from your study to the couch, or you’re still sporting pyjamas at midday, it’s time to get back into good habits. If, on the other hand, you’re still in a routine, give some thought to how you can change things up to avoid boredom setting in – try a new exercise routine, eat something different for breakfast, phone a friend during your lunch break, etc.
2. Make a daily to-do list
If one day feels very much like the next, add some definition to your working day by putting together a daily schedule and allocating times to your various tasks. Having a to-do list should help you to stay focused on the job at hand, especially if you include tea and meal breaks and allow time during the day for housework and anything else that could tempt you away from your desk.
3. Reward your effort
There’s nothing quite as motivating as working towards a reward. And one of the perks of being the boss (of your home office) is that you choose the reward. Decide what you could really do with in your day – perhaps it’s reading a chapter or two of your book, listening to a podcast, or enjoying a cup of tea and a sweet treat in the sunshine – then figure out what it’s worth to you in terms of time worked and get going.
4. Take a tech timeout
It can be tricky to keep your head in the game when your WhatsApp groups are constantly pinging and friends and family are checking in throughout the day. The same goes for keeping up with breaking news on Twitter and your favourite news sites. To silence the interruptions, practise some social distancing from your phone and resist the urge to open WhatsApp on your laptop. Instead, allocate set times to check in with the rest of your world and use these times to catch up on the latest news headlines.
5. Go easy on yourself
It’s not easy getting your head into the game when your mind is cluttered with concerns about friends and family contracting COVID-19 and fears about whether or not you’ll find yourself facing a salary cut of retrenchment a couple of weeks from now. One of the few things you can be certain of right now is that there will be good days and bad days. So, be kind to yourself and remember to practise good self-care.