Having a freelance job allows you to have flexible working hours, your own office as well as many other advantages. In terms of pay, you’ll be the only person that dictates how much you’ll earn on a daily basis. The more you dedicate yourself to working remotely, the more you’ll earn. It’s as simple as that. But at times it can be challenging to get the job done, especially if you’re multitasking with several projects. So how do you get the motivation you need and increase your productivity when working from home?
It’s easy, as it’s only a matter of organizing your day-to-day tasks better, rearranging the items in your home office, and finding ways to motivate yourself. If you’re out of suggestions on how to do so, here are some examples that will help your creative process.
The early bird catches the worm
You can’t get things done if you sleep through the whole morning. So if you’re working remotely and have productivity issues, it’s time to start waking up early. First off, set the alarm to wake you up every morning. Don’t be too unrealistic with your waking hours. If you’re not a morning person, set that alarm around 8 or 9 instead 6 or 7 am. At first, you’ll feel as if you’re not getting enough sleep, but eventually you’ll get used to it. As you start your day early, you’ll notice how your productivity has increased and you have more time to finish your daily tasks.
One of the main reasons for having problems with productivity is your work area. Since your home is your office, you should arrange the items and furniture in your house appropriately. So where do you start?
First things first, rearrange the elements surrounding the area where you work. If you have too many things on your table that draw attention, get rid of them. The goal here is to create the “office” setting and organize your work area in such a way that you only have essential things on your table and next to your laptop, desktop or sketch pad.
You might think that just because you’re working from home, you can afford to stay in your pajamas all day, right? Well, the fact is that this exact way of thinking will greatly affect your productivity. So to avoid that, you’ll need to start behaving as if you’re at work. This means respecting the working hours, having a coffee break, etc. This doesn’t imply that you should wear ties or suits while working from home. But you will need to set your mind to a working mode by dressing accordingly.
Your self-motivating ability matters a great deal in this line of business. Your talent won’t be worth much if you can’t use it due to procrastination issues that you’re experiencing. So what CAN you do?
You have an entire wall ready to be filled with motivational posters, quotes, and images that inspire you. So start by printing or writing down your favorite historian’s quote, decorate it and place it in a visible spot directly behind your monitor. Another thing that will greatly help with motivation is a to-do-list.
What you’ll need to do is get a nice a4 paper and use it as a template for writing down your daily, weekly or monthly goals that you want to complete this year. List the things that you want to accomplish and place that paper on the wall that you’re facing directly. Be sure to create small checkboxes next to each goal. Checking the box after successfully completing a task is much more satisfying than just erasing it from your mind.
The reward system
Although you’re working from home and have all the time in the world to finish what you have for today, you won’t get very far with that way of thinking. Set a limit on how much time you want to spend on one task. Once you complete it in the given time, reward yourself. The reward can be enjoying a piece of your favorite pie, a coffee break or anything else that you shouldn’t do during your working hours. This way you’ll boost your motivation and strive towards completing each task way before the deadline. It’s a neat way to trick the mind to get motivated and get things done.
To sum it all up
There is a variety of ways to boost your motivation and increase your productivity. The only catch is that not all of them will work in your case. That’s why you need to pick the ones that suit you the most. It’s the only way that they’ll work. Otherwise, you’ll only be changing the routine without getting any results from it.