I am willing to bet that many a time or at least once in your working life, you have felt unmotivated.
That is only human, and it can be avoided if you have the will.
However, if that laziness is an issue plaguing your everyday life, it would be best to adopt better and new habits as soon as you can.
For people working from home, it is not a secret that sometimes we find it harder to get things done.
We are surrounded by distractors, have bad working schedules, and feel unmotivated at times (at least I do! 🙋♀️).
We start on Monday with all the best of intention and suddenly, the pull of that afternoon nap is hard to resist.
As our energy runs low, we feel the urge to indulge in a quick nap that turns into a 2 hours sleep that brings our work to a halt for a good chunk of our afternoon.
I don’t think I’m telling you something you don’t know when I say that feeling unmotivated and lazy can be detrimental to your success and your finances.
A little slumber in the afternoon can make you miss deadlines and lose that client whom you work so hard to get.
Missing deadlines will result in bad reviews and unsatisfied customers and that will mean your services or products will be less in demand.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat laziness.
You could soon feel energized again and motivated even while working from home.
If it seems like you’re always feeling unmotivated, you are not alone.
if you can find the motivation to go through this post, I’ll teach you some of my tricks to keep yourself motivated.
1. Create a Daily Routine
One of the best ways with which I work successfully is by creating a daily schedule and try to follow it as best as I can.
Every morning, I make a routine to follow until evening.
By sticking to and following it, I get much more done within the same time that I was used to getting only one or two items finished.
2. Create To-Do Lists
One of the most efficient ways of working through schedules is by creating to-do lists.
It is an open secret that such lists help us keep ourselves on our toes in different ways in our lives. Creating such a list will always be a step in the right direction.
However, the nature of the list is what is vital.
Some of the best ways of making a to-do list are:
Keep the List Short and Doable
You know right now that it is difficult for you to get things done. Making a list with 25 items to do will just make it seem like an insurmountable mountain to climb.
You are doomed to failure if you make it too difficult for you to scratch off the majority of the tasks on your list. It will only discourage you and keep you unmotivated and lazy.
Instead, start with a list of fewer than 5 items. Write the laborious tasks first so you can accomplish them when you have the most energy.
Add easier tasks at the end of your list for when you have less energy. If your to-do list is just filled with difficult and undesirable items, it will be hard to stick to it.
Once you’re through with the last item on the list, reward yourself. You can do this by grabbing a snack, taking a cup of tea, and watching an episode of your favorite show at the end of your working day.
Always avoid watching TV in between tasks.
3. Take Breaks
After 30, 60 or 90 minutes of steady work (depending on your preferences) take a break. You can incorporate some habits like light exercise or meditation.
You can also take a short brisk, a 15-minute walk, stretch, or do some mindful meditation during your work breaks.
These new habits will help you get the jumpstart and energy to continue on.
4. Time Blocking
Time blocking is an effective way of scheduling by managing similar tasks in a determined amount of time or block.
For example, you can decide to work on social media from 9 to 11 three times a week. During those block of times, you concentrate solely on managing tasks related to social media.
It can help you manage your time better and avoid wasting time switching for one type of work to another.
As someone who works from home, time blocking will work best for you, provided you have the will to stay on task for the determined amount of time.
When you time block, it will be easier to focus on finishing tasks, whether small or big within the allotted time.
Time blocking is beneficial in different ways. Some of the benefits include:
- Flexibility without losing things in the shuffle.
- Satisfaction when you realize you made the most of your day.
- Better visibility of your bigger goals.
- Getting things done faster and within the set timelines.
- Helping avoid distractions as you have your eyes on a goal at the end of each day.
5. Treat Underlying Problems
Do you have an issue of taking unnecessary naps in between schedules?
That is one habit you should be working on eliminating.
Social media can also be a problem. It can get harder and harder to concentrate on the task at hand if you keep on having to check your social handles every 5 minutes.
How you treat these underlying issues depends on how they have affected you.
I have had issues with social media. Every time I felt good about finishing a single paragraph of a blog post or done a small task for a client, I felt the best way to reward myself was by checking whether I have new notifications and messages.
It has been detrimental to my productivity and has forced me to work out better habits.
One of the best approaches here is to log out of all your social media accounts. I now check them only at 3 predetermined times for a few minutes during the day and that’s it.
Other underlying issues could be related to your lifestyle.
If you, for example, lack the energy to continue what you started, you might want to change your diet.
If you struggle to sleep well, investing in a more comfortable bed and mattress could do wonders.
If your issue is continuous fatigue, maybe you should talk to your doctor about it.
6. Set Regular Goals
Getting things done is essential. However, what you accomplish during your day should be getting you closer to a set goal.
Setting goals will give you directions in your schedules.
If you start feeling lazy or unmotivated each time you’re on a task, you can take a minute or two and revisit your goals. Ask yourself again what you want to achieve that day, week, and month.
When you look at the long-term goals, you will eventually be motivated to stay on task and get things done. In the near future, you could even find yourself staying ahead of schedule!
If you desire to maximize the likelihood of achieving your goals, you can hold yourself accountable to yourself, spouse, or your mentor. You can report your progress to them regularly and asks for their feedback.
Again, by setting goals, it makes your job feel more purposeful. It eliminates laziness and increases productivity.
As an example, I always have an Excel sheet with daily and monthly income. If I have set my target at $5000 a month, I won’t sleep on my desk just because I’m at $4600 and it’s a Friday morning, end month. I have to work my butt off and hit my goal before the end of the day.
7. Reward Yourself
The ultimate goals of working on schedules, time blocking, and setting goals are to achieve positive results.
When you have reached your daily, weekly, or monthly goals, you feel good about yourself. You should then pat yourself on the back and reward yourself for a job well done.
For this to work, you can work on a reward system for yourself. It will be a great way to help you stay motivated. It will also be a great reflection of how far you have come. Also, if you’re continually rewarding yourself, you can easily and gradually overcome laziness.
How do you mark your rewards? You can do this depending on measurable conditions. A good example would be treating yourself based on your to-do list. Whenever you finish the last item on the list, you can give yourself a small reward of your choice
Remember also that even the slightest or simplest reward like buying yourself a small gift, can motivate you and help you fight your lazy habits.
Laziness while at work is like a death sentence for your business especially if you do not do anything about it.
With the strategies outlined here, you can change your habits and become a more energized, productive, and motivated individual.
Always remember to never wait for another missed deadline or a below average review as these are the greatest sources of demotivation.
Gain a motivated attitude and watch as your success becomes more tangible than you ever thought before.