Working from Home: Lacking Motivation? 6 Tips to Get Back on Track
How to Get Your Motivation Back
Having you been feeling unmotivated while working from home lately? Are you feeling stressed, exhausted and listless? Does the day just fly by without you making any real progress? Can you hardly concentrate with work? Are you unhappy with your situation and want to do something about it?
It can be extremely stressful if your job is very demanding: you’re always busy and time ticks without you appreciably accomplishing something. This is not only exhausting but it could also rob you of the energy for other important aspects in your life that also need to be addressed. This can trigger a strong dissatisfaction when you are working from home, which can quickly spread to other areas in your life, often without you realising. To make matters even worse, pending tasks that seem overwhelming and impossible to accomplish can also impact your motivation negatively.
We will give you some helpful tips on how you can find your motivation again and work from home more effectively, in hopes that your situation can improve in the long run. It is high time to do something about it so you can take on all your tasks with more energy and enthusiasm.
#1 Locate the trigger!
If you are a little low in motivation, you should first try to find out what triggers your current situation. An honest self-assessment is the first step towards solving your motivation problem. Analysing your situation is best done with a clear head. Learn what exactly is causing this feeling. If you can pinpoint the root of what is draining your spirit, dealing with the problem becomes more effective. You should evaluate your situation as objectively as possible. Make sure that you reflect on your situation with a clear head.
#2 Listen to your body
A factor that could often be overlooked is health. Be sure to not ignore physiological indicators as our body sends us certain signals for good reasons. When you are stressed and over-fatigued, our body sends signs that say: That's enough! It is our body’s way to heed for help. Don’t take these signals for granted as this may have something to do with you feeling fatigued, stressed and lacking in motivation.
#3 Just get going!
It is particularly important that you don’t stay stuck when feeling unmotivated. Actively try to do something about it - just get going and inevitably, you will keep going! However, it is important that you do not impose any more additional responsibilities on yourself when you are working from home, as this will just leave you feeling burnt out.
#4 Plan and define your goal
Creating and maintaining a more systematic and organised working style while working from home can affect your motivation positively. By planning and setting your goal, you get a good overview of the situation, allowing you to deal with tasks more efficiently rather than just getting things done haphazardly. Having the fire and intent to reach the goals you have set for yourself can tremendously influence your motivation.
Start by making a working schedule every monday when working from home. This will help you manage your time better and get you on track of what is due and what is on deck. You might find it useful to break up these larger tasks with smaller, more achievable sub-tasks. Crossing off a task on your to-do list will continually motivate you to stay more focused in getting things done. If you can clearly see how your progress is growing steadily, the stone will slowly starts rolling. Use this momentum to build your motivation again. The euphoria and positive energy from successfully completing a goal can ignite your motivation back!
#5 Create SMART goals
Define your goals the smart way. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Using this strategy can help you in defining a clear target to reach and scheduling individual milestones. These are the objectives for each criterion:
Specific: The goal should be explicit and free from ambiguity. Motivation experts say that specific goals have a better chance of being accomplished than general ones. The objective should define who is doing it; what is required; when it starts and ends (timeframe); and why it needs to be accomplished to begin with.
Measurable: The objective you set should be quantifiable. You should be able to establish a method to track and measure your progress.
Achievable: Ask yourself what limitations and foreseeable restraints could hinder you from achieving your goal realistically. If you think that you cannot reasonably overcome these hindrances then you have to set a new one that is achievable for you in the present. If your goal is far out for you to reach, you won’t be motivated long enough to attain it.
Realistic: Realistic means do-able; these are goals that you are both willing and able to work for.
Time-bound: If you do not set a timeframe for your goal, you will not feel the urgency to start taking action.
#6 Take up a hobby
Hobbies certainly have a relaxing and regenerating effect on people. Depending on how much time you can spare, you should at least a few hours each week to do things that relax and cheer you up. Hobbies can refuel you with new energy, helping to take your mind off demotivating thoughts and replacing them with more positive ones. Finding the right balance between your work at home and personal time is an incredibly important factor in getting your motivation back.