25/01/2016

8 Ways to Stay Inspired While Working From Home

25/01/2016


Before I started working freelance, I used to think I'd hate to work from home. Recently, though, I've found that I love the freedom it brings. I like being completely responsible for my own time, deciding when I work and when I don't. But that doesn't mean working from home doesn't have it's issues. How do you stay motivated and inspired without any colleagues around you, when it's just you in your normal, everyday surroundings? I've put together a few ideas.


1. Start your day with exercise
Just a few minutes of morning exercise can be seriously beneficial. Getting active can boost motivation, energy and happiness levels, and doing something completely non-work-related can clear the mind, ready for a busy day. Not only that, you'll like you've achieved something before the working day's even really begun!

2. Create a space that inspires you
This is something I need to work on. Some people like to have a designated home office space, complete with a desk, whiteboard/notice board, etc. You might find that you prefer working from a comfy chair or sofa, or maybe the kitchen table. Wherever you base yourself, make sure the area around is filled with things that make you feel happy and positive, be that artwork, cheesy quotes (no judgement, we all love them really), or photos of friends and family. Personally, I find it harder to work in a messy room, although that's exactly what my room is at the moment. Time for a spring clean, I think.

3. Take breaks
And I'm talking like hourly breaks. We've all read those reports that say siting in the same position (i.e. at a desk) for hours on end can be bad for our physical health, and let's be honest it's not going to work wonders for our minds either. So get a change of scenery, go for a walk, read a chapter of a book, just do something to give your mind a bit of stimulation. There's no boss here to keep you chained to your desk!

4. Eat well
When I worked in an office job, I used to find myself eating pretty much the same thing from the same place everyday. Even my food choices had become unimaginative! At home, you have the luxury of being able to make yourself something interesting, wholesome and healthy, rather than just grabbing an over-priced, pre-packaged sandwich. Cooking, like exercise, is a great way to focus your mind on something completely different, so that you can go back to your work with a clear mindset.

5. Talk to people
Working from home can be pretty isolating at times, especially if you live in rural area like I do. It's so easy to get caught up in your own little bubble. If you're stuck in a creative rut, talking to someone else can help to put things in a different perspective and inspire new ideas. Chances are, if you work freelance or as part of an agency, you'll need to talk to clients about your work on a regular basis anyway, but I also highly recommend calling or messaging a friend when you're taking a break - just make sure they're free too!

6. Listen to some music
...if your job allows it. As a videographer, a big part of my job is editing video, which means I can't really have any distracting background noise. However, when I'm doing other tasks like sending emails or updating my website, I love to stick on some music that motivates me. This can vary from something chilled and folky for when i'm feeling relaxed, or more upbeat if I need an energy boost. 

7. Get out of the house
Maybe working in your normal living environment really isn't for you, or maybe you just need a break from it once in a while. I know working from a coffee shop sounds a little clichéd, but a lot of people swear by this change of environment. You might find working somewhere a little more public provides just the right amount of background noise to keep you stimulated, but not distracted. 

8. Build a schedule that works for YOU
A lot of articles I've read insist that getting up early is the only way to be productive, but if you're not a morning person that just seems counter-intuitive. Maybe you prefer to start work at 10am and finish later in the evening? You do you! On that note, if any of the ideas on my list don't suit you, then screw them. That's all they are: ideas. 

16 comments :

  1. These are great tips, hopefully I can practice!
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  2. cannot stress exercise and eating well enough! found this out the hard way but am slowly improving my daily schedule. thank you so much for the extra tips xx

    Sarah
    http://absolutelysarahx.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah it's so easy to get out of good habits when you're working from home, I've definitely been there! Thanks for reading xx

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  3. These tips are so true, I've been working from home for a couple of months now and the beginning was tough, but now it's the best thing that could have happened :)

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  4. What a great post - I've had to work from home a couple days this week because of the massive snowstorm that hit my area and I can safely say that starting the day with exercise and taking short breaks (and even the occasional 15 minute nap) REALLY help make the day easier!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  5. These are great tips! I definitely agree that getting out of the house is important!

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  6. Great read, thanks for sharing doll

    Kisses,
    BLOG | Taislany

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  7. Such a helpful post! Great tips & love the photo too!
    Evie
    xx
    www.evie-ward.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Great post dear!
    Emma
    www.emmalovesfashion.com

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  9. This is such a great list! It can be easy to become demotivated when you work from home so these tips are definitely good ones to keep those of us who work from home on track! I definitely agree with talking to people to not get too lonely, eating right and taking breaks! I prefer working a longer work day in general but having more breaks during the day to power me through.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  10. Number seven is so important! I tent to hole myself up at home and that really puts me in a rut sometimes.
    Minaali
    The Snap Narrative

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  11. If I work from home then I definitely take a big break and get out for a walk at lunch! Otherwise it can feel a bit cooped up. I worked from home for pretty much all of last year, it was for my job though so slightly different in that I still had to work my set hours. I think it has it's positives and negatives of both!

    Jasmin Charlotte

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  12. Great post - though I'm at uni I have a lot of days at home and it can be really hard to be focussed! Will definitely be implementing some of these tips :)

    Anoushka Probyn - A London Fashion Blog

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  13. I think 7 is the most important, it can be so difficult!

    T xxx

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  14. Thank you for sharing such inspiring tips. Ill add another tip of having a skin rejuvenating treatment from Cosmedocs Clinic London to feel younger and boost your self-confidence.

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