How To Stay Motivated While Working At Home!

by - 08:21

There has been an increase in people working from home due to the recent turn of events. This includes working on your typical day job or now working on a blog full-time! I know that a lot of people were working from home before the lockdown too, so hopefully, these tips can help a lot of people. I’ve been working my normal 9-5 job from home for the first time, and I’ve found some tips to help me stay on track!

Get Dressed

As much as I love a nice day in my pyjamas, I really don’t feel productive! I’m not saying you’ve got to put your jeans on, but just some comfy, real clothes. At the start of lockdown, I invested in a couple of comfy pairs of joggers which have been amazing. There’s also lots of cosy loungewear sets out there too! It’s the simple things like putting on a bra and brushing my hair that make me feel ready for the day and make me feel a lot more motivated to work. Also, it definitely does help for all the zoom meetings and video calls, having real clothes on sets a better impression. At the same time, if you know your colleagues well enough, no one’s going to judge you! I’ll admit there have definitely been days where it’s been normal clothes on top and pyjama trousers on the bottom. It’s a much more productive day when you're dressed!

Enjoy It 


I know not everyone enjoys working from home, especially with everything else that’s going on in the world. There’s definitely some positives we can take from it! For me personally, not having to drive an hour and a half every day is so much better for so many reasons! Not only do I get longer in bed, but I’m saving a lot of money on petrol! Everything is a lot more relaxed, and I don’t feel like I’m running around stressed every morning like I used to be. Just being able to close my laptop and be on the sofa in ten minutes makes the evenings a lot nicer. Not having the commute gives me a lot more time to chill or to get blog work done, which I wouldn’t normally have if I was in the office!

Get Up and Move


I’ve found that when I’m at home, I don’t get up and move as much as I do when I’m in the office. It’s a lot easier to stay put when the tea and biscuits are only 5 steps away! Getting up and having a change of scenery for just 5 minutes can really help recharge and reset you before you start work again. I find that if I don't move around, I end up sitting in the same room for hours on end, and that really doesn’t make me feel productive at all. If there are other people in the house, go and have a little chat like you would if you were actually at work or in the office. I’ve found that having a quick walk around the house really helps when I then sit down to start work again!

Set Limits


It’s hard to make sure you’re still having that good work/life balance when your home environment then becomes your work environment. I find sticking to set work hours really helps me stay focused because it gets to half 4, and I can just shut my laptop and forget until the next day. If not, you’ll find that some people will still be sat up doing emails till 10pm. Spending all the time at home makes it hard to differentiate between both work and life, so if you can have a set cut off time to close your laptop and crack open the wine it really helps! Deciding this cut off in the morning is good because you then have a set finishing time to look forward to like you would when you weren’t working at home.

All the Snacks


This is my favourite tip; make sure you’ve got all your favourite snacks in the house. If we’re going to be at home for a while longer, we might as well enjoy it! I’m still making my through my Easter eggs, think I might have gone a bit overboard with the amount I purchased! It’s just the little things that help you feel good which then, in turn, can help you be productive. If you’re happy you’ll work well and everyone knows chocolate is like a sure-fire way to make you happy!

Limit Phone Distractions


I find I’m a lot more tempted to be going on my phone more when there’s no one else around me. I’ve found that I would end up scrolling on Instagram or doing blog tasks when I should be working! I’ve found if I put Netflix on my phone with just something I’ve watched a million times over (Friends or Brooklyn 99 to name a few) I’m less likely to pick it up and start scrolling. If there’s something on that I don’t have to concentrate to I can just have it on in the background, which means I’m not picking up my phone every 5 minutes. However, I do know a few people can’t concentrate with background noise on, so I have another tip! There’s an app you can download that’s called Forest: Stay Focused. This is an app you can use to stop you from picking up your phone. Basically, you plant a tree and can decide how long it needs to grow, so if you set it for an hour you can’t use your phone for that hour, or your tree will die. It’s a simple thing, but I’ve found it really does help me focus a lot more on work!

I hope I can help a few people with these tips before everybody ends up back at work! I’d love to know if anyone else has any good tips for working from home? As much as I’ve got into a good routine now there are definitely some days where I still just get completely distracted which is still fine, just got to do what works for you!


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About The Guest Writer 

Hey Everyone! I'm Hannah, a 22-year-old lifestyle, beauty and a little bit of everything blogger from York but also spend a lot of my time up in Newcastle. I started blogging just after I graduated from university to share the trips I was going on before I started being a proper grown-up! I love being able to share the places I've been and the things I love for everyone to see and hopefully relate too. My links are below if anyone wants to drop me a follow!


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27 comments

  1. Staying motivated and working at home feel like oil and water to me; they just don't mix well. haha Thank you, though, for this post! You've shown me some things I can work on to make my time a little more productive.

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    1. Aw bless! It is quite a difficult thing to do, I know I have found it to be a challenge! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  2. Great tips! I am terrible for losing hours on my phone, so I will have to check out Forest. I find changing up my environment helps bring some fresh energy when I start to flag.

    Lots of love, Helen x
    https://www.whathelenloves.com

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    1. I too find it hard to concentrate. I have to remove all distractions! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  3. Phone distractions are so difficult to avoid- but they're awful for productivity- so this is a great tip! Thanks for the great tips :)

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  4. Some excellent advice! We're trying to keep my daughter motivated with home schooling at the moment and little things like actually getting dressed help set the mood. We're working on avoiding distractions!

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    1. Home schooling is also tough! I have just finished my A-levels, but had a couple of weeks to finish off the course from home. If you need any tips, i'd be happy to help! Distractions are hard, especially for teenagers so keep up the great work! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  5. It's funny how much it helps just to continue the routine of going to work - getting up, getting dressed and 'going to work'. To help with that, I found that creating a set work space in the home boosted my productivity big time. This meant that I could 'go to work' and then when the work day is over, I can 'go home' by heading to other areas of the home like the living room with my husband.

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    1. It is strange, but very helpful! I think routines keep things normal and keep people motivated. I suppose it is whatever works for each person. It is great that you had a work space. I found that working in my bedroom was a nightmare! Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  6. There is no end to different motivational stuff and each one throws some mew perspective,

    A good article.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  7. You are right! We have been working from home for years and these tips sure work.

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  8. Great read, I need to get up more and have a stretch but I am just too comfy. It definitely helps ypu refresh though

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    1. That's very true! If I don't take a break every now and then, I get really cranky. Thank you for taking the time to read & comment,

      Em x

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  9. These are some fantastic tips here! I'm such a one for staying in my joggers and t shirt whilst working; I get the work done but I do agree that it makes me feel quite sluggish sometimes. I always find certain snacks help me stay motivated; if I eat too much 'rubbishy' foods then I also feel really down but watermelon or dark chocolate rice cakes are what works for me! Thanks for sharing/guest posting! x

    Paige // Paige Eades

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    1. So I am, I find it hard to get up and dressed sometimes! I thing it's so weird how it makes you feel groggy just because you're in PJs! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

      Em x

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  10. These are such great tips from working from home. I am currently back at my office now, but I agree working from home was challenging to stay motivated!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment!

      Em x

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  11. Oooh I totally agree with these tips to stay motivated while working from home. It can get overwhelming, but we need to look at the positive side of things. I'm on my 4th?? 5th??? month of WFH and I get it!! I love snacks but I need to be strategic about it LOL. So important to limit phone distractions. One Tik Tok can lead to 290481409 of those videos hahaa.

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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    1. I have lots all track of time honestly! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

      Em x

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  12. This such a great post! I'm still at school and it's our summer holidays but I'm trying to keep on top of things as I'm sitting my GCSEs next year (yikes). I'm in desperate need of motivation so this post is really useful and the tip about clothing is really important. Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. Good luck on your exams! I was meant to do my A-levels this year, but skipped out on them due to lockdown! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

      Em x

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  13. Limiting phone distractions is perhaps the most important thing you need to do to stay focused. However, it's the hardest one for me! :D I love the tip about getting a snack here and there in between your work! A piece of chocolate will make me feel good anytime! Thank you for your post, sweetie.

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  14. These are great tips! You're right that working from home has so many benefits! And I love the Forest app :- ) For me, stepping outside to the balcony for a few minutes during the day really makes a difference :- )

    Daniela
    www.danielanina.com

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  15. Great advice! I find getting dressed really helps me stay motivated. I also like to set myself goals to work towards each day.

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