In today’s virtual world, working from home is becoming an increasingly popular option for many, as it provides the freedom, autonomy and flexibility that a traditional PAYE job often can’t.
Although working from home sounds great, it is very easy to get distracted by familiar comforts such as the TV and occasionally, without a regimented office schedule or the chance to talk to colleagues, a severe lack of motivation or inspiration can occur – this is never good, particularly if your livelihood depends on your own creativity.
So, apart from setting yourself up a suitable work station, what can you do to get inspired when working from home? Here are a few tips…
Get up early
This may sound like it has more to do with motivation, but to me, the two go hand in hand. If you’re not motivated, it’s almost impossible to get inspired.
Without the boss on your back for turning up half an hour late, when working from home, it can be difficult to get out of bed at a reasonable hour. But, studies suggest that getting up early makes you a more productive person which is a big factor when it comes to success.
Play a little music
For centuries, human beings have used music as a form of entertainment, escapism and most notably, a way of getting through a tough working day…
If you’re plugging away in your home office and you’re in a bit of a midday slump, you can’t think straight and you’re stuck on that pesky piece of work, take a break and put on an upbeat song – soak in the melody, listen to the lyrics and I guarantee, you’ll be ready for action!
Need some inspiration for picking an inspirational song? may I suggest these numbers…
- Tubthumping – Chumbawumba
- We Are the Champions – Queen
- Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
- Paradise City – Guns ‘n’ Roses
Some of these tracks may seem a little cheesy, but trust me, they work!
Talk to others
Obviously, when you’re in an office environment, you have the luxury of nattering to a work mate when you need to blow off some steam, or the ability to openly discuss your ideas in a brainstorming meeting.
Just because you now work from home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t talk to people during the working day. Of course, you don’t want to pester people, but if you need to discuss an idea with someone or even get something off your chest, get on Skype, or even better – go outside in the fresh air and call a friend. A familiar voice at the other end of the phone and a fresh perspective truly does have the ability to give you the inspiration you may crave during the working day.
If you do nothing else, please watch the video
Richie Parker is a true inspiration. This man has overcome incredible obstacles to fulfil his utmost dreams and desires.
If you are ever working from home and need a sharp shot of inspiration, watch the video at the head of this article and you will understand what I mean.
Working from home does require a lot of self-discipline and motivation, but by taking a little time to ‘get in the zone’, you are sure to achieve great things.
All the best!