February 6, 2019

It can be lonely at the top. When working alone from home, it can be difficult to get motivated, stay on track and keep crushing your goals. Some people find it easier to stay focused without the distractions of nearby loud phone conversations, water cooler talk, office drama and someone always coming by to “chat.” I don’t know about you, but I find working at home to have just as many distractions. The constant allure of Netflix, a ringing doorbell or just piles of laundry can all get us out of the zone. So how do we stay motivated as entrepreneurs? Read below for some surefire ways to knock out your to-do list and get ahead in 2019.

  1. Start with a morning routine. I always used to fight routine, especially when I started working from home. I thought it would make every day feel the same and I would get bored. But starting your day in a similar way each day allows you to clear your mind and get focused. Set an alarm and check off a familiar set of to-dos each morning and you’ll start your day feeling accomplished and focused.
  2. Get motivated. Whether it’s reading a few motivational quotes (see some ideas on a previous blog post here), listening to a podcast by someone you admire, rocking a pump-up jam from your youth, or watching a classic inspirational movie, find something that energizes you. There is a thing as being TOO focused on work. Taking 30 minutes out of your work day may feel like you’re using up precious time, but focusing on yourself and your motivation first helps you from getting burnt out and refocuses your day.
  3. Get out. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you have to stay home all day. Go to the park, the coffee shop, library or office co-op. It’s energizing to be around others and get some fresh air. And hey, it gives you a reason to trade those PJs for your fancy pair of sweatpants!
  4. Make a plan. Set goals, benchmarks and reminders. It can feel like work is never-ending and nothing gets accomplished if you don’t punctuate your work life.

What are your top tips for staying motivated when you’re working alone?

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