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Do you ever have those days when you’re in a total slump? It happens to me every so often. Everything could be on track and going great, but for some reason I just don’t feel motivated. I could have piles of work to do, but find myself scrolling instagram or watching the next episode Gilmore Girls on Netflix (I’m obsessed!) rather than being productive.
Why is this? I think the simple answer is that we’re only human, and sometimes it’s natural to lack motivation. But when you know you should be writing an article or creating a recipe for your blog, and you just can’t seem you get your butt off the couch, it’s a pretty lousy feeling. What makes it even worse is that when you lack motivation, you lack creativity too, so the work you do get done feels like it’s not your best. It’s a total lose, lose.
For the days when you just can’t kick that lazy feeling, try these steps to get yourself back into the working groove!
1. Get up and dressed
When you work from home, sleeping in can become all too commonplace. When you wake up later you’re more likely to feel sluggish and unmotivated. Train your body to get up early like you do have a “traditional” job and get yourself into your office, whether it’s your kitchen island or a desk in your home office.
I find I’m most motivated in the mornings personally. I get my best work done right when I wake up, so I schedule my most important tasks first. This way, if my motivation does trickle off later on, at leastI;ve done my most crucial tasks.
And don’t forget to get dressed! It’s natural to want to stay in your pajamas or sweats all day, but I find actually putting on real clothes and makeup puts me in a more productive mindset. When you wear lazy clothes, you’re more likely to associate with that lazy feeling.
2. Quit it with social media
Social media is the distraction of all distractions and it can seriously curb your motivation. Keep your phone out of reach, don’t open an extra tab on your laptop for Facebook, and keep Twitter checks to a minimum. Hours and hours of our productivity has been lost to social media.
I get that social media is actually part of the job for many entrepreneurs who work from home, but the problem is the wasted time when we’re not doing any work. I often get stuck in this trap where I’ll go on Facebook to engage in the entrepreneur/blogger groups I’m part of and I just keep scrolling and scrolling.
I’ve started giving myself a time limit to get my work done on social media to prevent distractions. I also use the app self control to block social media sites from my computer for 2 hours at a time. It really helps and highly suggest it if you are easily distracted.
3. Write down a to-do list
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m such an advocate for to-do lists! Having a tangible list for all the things you need to get done provides you with a visual so you can stay on track. This will help keep you organized and allow you to structure and prioritize your day. Plus, is there anything more satisfying than crossing items off a list?
If you haven’t decided on an agenda yet for the 2017 year, I highly recommend the Day Designer if you are an organization fanatic like me! Each day not only has a to-do list section, but also a section that lists each hour of the day so you can plan out your day by each hour. Plus so much more. It’s seriously uh-mazing.
4. Stop comparing
Playing the comparison game is extremely unhealthy, but a lot of us are guilty of doing it. With the increase of social media, and people’s lives and work so readily available for us to see, it’s not hard to get caught up in other people’s accomplishments.
I find that when I compare my work to others who are way ahead of me, sometimes it acts as a boost, but it can put a major damper on my mood and crush my motivation. Our time is much better spent working towards our goals and accomplishments than focusing on others. And remember – not everything it what it seems on social media.
5. Set realistic goals
I love setting goals – for my blog, my career and my lifestyle. Having exciting goals makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and they themselves can be huge motivators. Just make sure they’re attainable.
When you set unrealistic goals, the steps to get there can be unrealistic too, resulting in lack luster motivation. Make a list of goals you want to accomplish over the next week, month, year, so on and make a plan. Planning, writing things down (see above), and creating a strategy makes it more likely for you to follow through and get things done!
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6. Give it a day
I’ve found that sometimes it’s best just to wait until the next day to get back on track. If you have days after days where you feel unmotivated this isn’t the best system, but if, like me, these days happen every once in a while, sometimes you’ve just hit a roadblock and that’s okay. Take a break if you need one and start fresh the next day!
What do you do when you’re in a slump? Do you have any tips for staying motivated while working at home? I’d love to hear them!
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