When you work from home, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. After all, you are only a few steps away from your office. You can work in your pajamas and work at all hours of the day and night. However, you don’t want to get into a position where you’re constantly working, uninspired and monotonous. Before you get stuck in a rut, consider these four ways to make sure you remain an inspired worker bee.
1. Develop a grooming routine.
A grooming routine is so important because when you look good, you’ll tend to feel the same way. Knowing this, get up in the morning and take a shower. If you like to work out in the morning, get it done. Do your hair, and add a little makeup to your face. Whether it’s a fun lip gloss and mascara combination or some blush, find ways to wake your face up a bit. Also, do your hair. Stay far away from pajama pants and sweatshirts. Instead, put on a comfortable pair of slacks and a nice top. When you’re able to show up in this way, it’ll help you feel more powerful, prepared and inspired.
2. Decorate the office.
You don’t have to do a full overhaul of everything you own. Instead, you can focus on rearranging the furniture and adding some paint to the walls. Paint can really do wonders to change up a room. Consider refurbishing an old desk by sanding, priming and painting it. Before you get started, make sure that you add some dropcloths to protect the floor and other pieces of furniture in the room. A rug is an interesting addition that can add coziness and flair to an office space as well.
3. Have specific hours to shut everything down.
If you’re constantly working, it’s going to be challenging to feel like you can ever relax. Rest is so important because it recharges and rejuvenates you to maintain high levels of success. Plus, if you don’t rest, your body will eventually force you to in the form of health issues. Instead, be intentional about maintaining office hours. Once you’re finished working, leave your home office and close the door behind you. Don’t return until the following day.
4. Maintain a strong sense of focus.
In many cases, people who don’t seem to get their work done tend to struggle with procrastination. When you’re working from home, no one is over your shoulder. Therefore, it’s easier to turn on a great television show during office hours. However, this serves as a distraction. Instead, eliminate all distractions for a block of time. This includes social media, television and phone conversations. While you’re at work, become laser-focused. When you’re focused and productive, it’ll inspire to keep the momentum going.