You’re living the dream. Working from home is the ultimate goal for many workers. After all, where else can you stay in your pajamas all day and still get things done?
In truth, working from home can be harder than you think. Holding to a schedule can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to juggle other tasks (like watching children) with work. Finding the right balance is a challenge, and it’s easy to become stressed and even burned out.
So, what do you do?
Read on to discover several ways to get excited about working from home again. It’s easier than you think!
Create a Competition
If you have a competitive nature, start with creating contests with yourself. Set small deadlines and then make bets as to how long it will take to reach them. Try to break your record the next time around.
Talk to Others
Isolation is a huge problem with working from home. Believe it or not, there are groups out there where people who work from home get together for a ‘lunch hour’ just to talk with someone else. Find friends in a similar situation by heading for one of those. Or chat online with other people who work from home. Though be careful of this option as it’s easy to get carried away.
What’s On Your Playlist
Get some music playing that inspires you to work hard. Go for something motivating with a solid beat, or maybe something classical to relax. You know your moods. Play what works best for you.
Change it Up
Try working somewhere else, like a coffee shop for a change of venue.
Dress for the Job…
Getting dressed to your shoes every morning makes you feel like you’re still a professional. This can do wonders for a flagging attitude.
On the other hand, some people really love going all out on the ‘casual’ attire. Wear your PJs. Don’t bother with pants. Who cares? So long as no one sees you, you really can wear as much (or as little) as you want.
At the end of the day, leave the house. If you work from home and go nowhere, you will start to feel like you’re constantly trapped at work. Make plans with friends, go to a movie, have dinner in a restaurant for a change. Do what you need to give yourself a regular change of scenery.
By following these tips, working from home will soon be fun again. The key is to do what works for you when building the excitement back into the daily grind.