Wether you’re a freelancer, blogger, student or just someone who works from home occasionally, the struggle of staying motivated won’t be new to you. I’ve been working from home for the past 18 months. Prior to that when I was freelance I worked from my bedroom. Over the years I’ve learned how best to manage my time and push myself to get things done. But that doesn’t mean to say I don’t still have those days where I’m distracted by everything.
Working From Home
My work means I mostly work from home. Sometimes I’ll spend a few months in an office. Other times I just go back and forth for meetings. However when I’m deep into a project which is spanning months, it’s not uncommon for days to pass without me leaving the house.
The start of the year is always the hardest for me. I hate the darkness and after the Christmas rush it’s always quiet. I’ve been trying to think of ways to improve this and reflecting on what works well. One thing which always helps to motivate me is getting a change of scenery.
A Change Of Scenery
A change of scenery doesn’t have to mean leaving the house if you can’t. I accidentally pulled the blind off the window (well done) and couldn’t work at my desk because of the glare. I hauled all my stuff to the dining table and just that variety felt so … Healthy. After that I vowed to mix things up more for my own sanity.
I find variation in your week when working from home can help structure time. It certainly helps reduce boredom. And something I like is feeling a part of the World. Silly things you hate at the time but weirdly miss when working from home. The commute. People watching on the bus. Lugging your laptop around in an oversized handbag.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a reason to get dressed (properly, not in joggers) and put makeup on. Not that I’m sure the postman doesn’t appreciate my cut crease.
My Desk Away From Home
Deciding to take this a step further, I figured I’d try working from a coffee shop. My friend actually suggested it, as I think it’s such a freelance cliche the perception is everyone does it. Let’s face it, if you’ve never worked from a Starbucks are you even a developer? I felt slightly apprehensive about doing this alone. But after finding a dark corner with plug access and free wifi, I felt quite at home.
I’ve noticed an increase in productivity and my general mood since I started making more of an effort to get out. And not just waiting for client meetings or off-site work.
The only negative to this new habit is that I’m confronted with MAC, Benefit, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, Boots, Superdrug and the list goes on. It’s cheaper working from home!
Do you like to do this? Have you got any tips for staying sane when working from home?