Anyway if you’re not driven by that guilt like me here are a few tips to stay motivated:
- Set up a work space, put up posters or pictures
or whatever gets you inspired. This is a work space and work space only; don’t let
kid’s toys or anything else interrupt this space. It should look professional.
- Set an alarm. Get up on time every day, whether
you plan to hit the gym first or not. Get up at the same time every day so you
start at the same time every day.
- Plan your days. Get up, get ready, check personal
emails, start work on time. 10 minute mid-morning break, lunch, 10 minute mid-afternoon
break, finish - turn the computer off.
- Don’t procrastinate, it is exactly the same as
if you were at an office, except worse – your boss is you! If you fail your
boss, you fail. Period. There is no safety net.
- Play music! Have the radio going rather
than discs or ipod if possible, I find the talking in-between songs feels like I have work
mates... It’s true!
- Make time to schedule outings. Whether it is a
quick coffee for a meeting, with a friend or picking up supplies. Make sure you get
out of the house. Just don’t let a quick excursion become hours at the mall or
- Talk to yourself. I know this sounds verge of
cabin fever, but saying what you think out loud means you get to use your voice
and exercise your throat muscles. It also means you’ll be less likely to chew
your flat mates/partners ear off when they walk in the door.
- Turn off Facebook! It is the biggest
distraction ever invented - I swear to you! Allow yourself to check it only once or twice and each time log off
and shut the browser. I’m serious! Don’t leave it sitting in a tab, it’s too
tempting to open and have a peak and before you know it hours have dribbled