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?

  • I currently work from home and sometimes motivation is a struggle! x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    • Amy

      The struggle is real! X

  • I find I work best when home it’s funny isn’t it πŸ™‚ I have to make sure I don’t watch TV though haha xx

    • Amy

      I’m the same – without a doubt I get so much more done at home compared to working in an office setting! But I do find I need to mix things up every now & then. I watch TV whilst I’m working but it has to be something which is like background noise, I find the Kardashians is highly effective haha. Never daytime TV as I think I’d lose the will to live! X

  • I wish I could work at home!!! X

    • Amy

      I do really enjoy it most of the time X

  • Makeup Musings

    I wish I could work from home – that would be the dream!

    • Amy

      I find I get a lot more done X

      • Same here! πŸ™‚

        Chichi
        chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

  • I love working from home but it is also a struggle sometimes. It’s so important to still leave the house and take breaks too. I try to arrange lunch dates and I go out to get some fresh air every once in a while. I haven’t yet worked from a coffee shop, but it’s on my list. πŸ™‚

    x Charlotta / http://charlottaeve.com

    • Amy

      Totally agree! I stay in touch with good friends I’ve made in other jobs and we meet for lunch or food every now and then which helps. X

  • I don’t work at home but I found this post really interesting πŸ™‚

    Megan / http://www.meganmarieblogs.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      Thanks Megan I’m glad X

  • Beautyqueenuk

    If I have a lot of reading to do with work and I need not to be interrupted then I do work from home as I get more done x

    • Amy

      It’s so nice having the quiet when you need to concentrate X

  • leah rachel

    It’s great you get to work from home – I’m sure it can be really hard to stay motivated though as you say and I think going to a coffee shop is an amazing idea! it gets you out the house, makes you socialize a little more and also, coffee always helps πŸ™‚ x x x x

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

    • Amy

      It takes some getting used to for sure! Need coffee at all times X

  • thesundaygirluk

    I need to take some of your advice on board, I too work from home and honestly I don’t feel like I am as productive as I could be! x

    • Amy

      It’s difficult at times isn’t it? X

  • I must admit I rarely work from home even though I can do because I’m super social and love a good office chat! I do find I can be very productive at home but part of me likes the commute to work? Ha! Some good tips though and things to keep in my mind if I do go freelance in the future. πŸ™‚

    T x

    • Amy

      I do miss the office chats & banter! Haha I know what you mean. X

  • I would love to be a full time blogger and work from home/ a coffee shop. I would happily sit in Starbucks all day, sipping a green tea latte (my new favourite). I reckon it definitely helps with productivity x

    Mapped Out Blog | Beauty & Fashion

    • Amy

      Being a full-time blogger would be SO fun haha! For sure X

  • I’m definitely going to find it hard running my blog once I return of work in a few weeks. I try to write & keep up to date with everything when Penny naps throughout the day but there’s so many distractions!

    • Amy

      I think you do such an amazing job having Penny and still posting so regularly! I worry when our family becomes a 3 the blog will go out the window. X

  • I never seem to be productive at home when it comes to work or my blog. I get so distracted. Xx

    • Amy

      It’s easy to get distracted for sure X

  • A great idea about going to the coffee shop! I am yet to do that but think I will xx

    • Amy

      It’s great to change it up every now and then X

  • I love having a set space to work when I need to, it keeps me focused and in the zone!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

    • Amy

      Yeah I think it’s vital! X

  • I don’t work from home but I have my blog as a hobby & I am sooooo bad at being distracted xxx

    • Amy

      The struggle is real! X

  • I totally feel this as I’ve been working form home for a couple of years. It can get quite lonely too so going to a coffee shop is definitely a great idea!

    Gemma x

    • Amy

      Agreed, I’ve found it’s a nice way to mix things up X

  • Karen Williams

    It’s definitely a struggle to motivate yourself when working from home. I need to get my bum in gear.

    Karen
    http://www.jinksybeauty.com

    • Amy

      Totally, same here ha! X

  • Since I’ve moved back and started properly working from home, I’ve actually been going insane. I set up a desk and stuff in the spare room but after a week or so got cabin fever so moved in front of the TV. The only good that did for me was I was able to catch up on This Is Us and start watching Big Little Lies! Then I went to work from Wetherspoons (classy gal!) one afternoon mainly for the Mexican veggie burger, and the change of scenery was so so welcome!!

    • Amy

      They’ve taken the Mexican veggie burger away at my local Weatherspoons and I’m honestly so gutted about it. I find having an area I can use only for work is a HUGE help, I worked from my bedroom for years and it was a real challenge! X

  • Gem

    I’d love to try working from home but I guess the novelty might wear off!

    Gemma x | flutterandsparkle.com

    • Amy

      Personally I much prefer it and find I get a lot done but I think it varies a lot from person to person depending on how they like to work X

  • I started working from home a while ago and I absolutely love it. I find I get much more done. I like setting up my workspace too because I can create a workspace that suits me.

    I must admit, I really don’t like working in coffee shops unless it’s for an hour maximum. I just find that I end up spending ridiculous amounts on drinks, and I can never find a place to charge my laptop or place my things. Plus, I don’t feel very comfortable in many coffee shops anyway.

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

    • Amy

      I totally agree! Spending money on coffee is a downside for sure (there’s free coffee at home!). I think it’s just getting out or even moving to a different location in the house, mixing it up πŸ™‚ X

  • I have worked from home before in other jobs and it’s great but day after day it can be a little tedious so a change of scenery is good!

    Kenzie x

    Kenzie | LemonaidLies – Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

    • Amy

      Totally! X

  • I’m freelance and mostly work from home, but I meet my main client in an office once or twice a week. I noticed when I started working for her and travelling a bit more I felt much happier and more productive! So strange because I’ve always seen myself as an introvert… but I guess everyone needs to go outside from time to time, huh?

    alicered.co.uk

    • Amy

      I often have a similar way of working and totally agree, I always feel better even though I love working alone X

  • I work in an office but I long to be my own boss and have an office where I can work from home! I do like an office environment but I think being able to be surrounded by my own things would get my creativity going more! Love this post though, it’s all about the little changes! Xxx

    Rach | http://caninesandcosmetics.blogspot.co.uk