Apr 17, 2020
8 min read

How to stay motivated when you’re working remotely?

Working remotely is an awesome way to work because it will give you the flexibility to work when and how’d like.   However sometimes when things are getting to feel more routine, or the lack of direct accountability on a daily basis can make it difficult to stay motivated. 

Even if most of us are now working remotely due to COVID-19 and the quarantine, when I tell people that my company offers me the option of home office, I usually get the same response: "I could never, ever do that."  

Maybe for most people remote working is related to distractions, problems of motivation and self-discipline, I mean, it’s harder at the beginning, but then you get used to. 

Most people will think that to get their job done they’ll need a regimented, the social interaction with people and the presence of their boss but working remotely is now a reality because the traditional concept of workplace evolved into something virtually powerful. 

So how do you find that perfect balance enjoying the flexibility but at the same time getting things done on time and efficient manner? 

Here are 6 tips for how to stay motivated while working remotely:

1. Wake up early

It can be difficult to get early if you don’t have to be an office at a set time. Sometimes the sleeping rhythm and mornings are getting longer piece by piece. However, it’s a good habit to have an alarm in the mornings and worth adopting. Waking up early is a common characteristic of  successful entrepreneurs. When you rise with the birds, you have the chance to get a head start on your day. 

On the simple level, you’ll have time to mentally adapt to the day so that you don’t feel rushed from the bed straight to the activities. However, there are more specific benefits to your workday as well. You’ll be able to respond to emails, do errands, and maybe even a workout in so that when it’s time to work, you can really focus on what needs to be done without having to contend with these everyday obligations. 

Related post: How to Maintain Your Mental Health while Working Remotely

2. Be consistent in your routine when working remotely  

Success rewards consistency. Unfortunately, when you work remotely, you may not always be working in the same city or with the same desk setup at all times. However, it is possible to set up routines that can follow you no matter where you are. 

For example, maybe your routine goes like this: wake up early, go for a run, make a to-do list, respond to emails, then get to work. By adhering to this routine over time, you’ll be able to effectively get into “work mode” no matter where you are, and you’ll likely see positive results in your overall productivity. 

Personally, I am grateful for having an opportunity to work from home. Almost from anywhere where I can find an internet connection. But I make sure to maintain productivity and motivation by sticking to true routines. 

3. Dress for success

One of the common errors when working remotely is that workers are always in their pajamas. Common thing is that sloppy appearance can make a sloppy work ethic. 

Getting dressed for work can actually help in a productive manner. It will make you feel more prepared, confident, and even more professional. It’s a good thing to do, even you are not going to see anyone for the whole day. 

You’ll feel more like a real worker and will be more likely to do good work. No, this doesn’t mean you have to put on a suit and tie. But by making yourself presentable, you’ll feel more motivated and better prepared to face whatever the day may bring. 

4. Get organized

You might not realize it, but a messy, disorganized space, hinders your ability to think and work effectively. 

If your workspace is messy, things like finding files or items you need take just a little bit longer, and the visual noise can be distracting. The amount of time and distraction might be minimal on a daily basis, but when you add it up over weeks, months, and years, it can have a big effect on your output and results. 

It's worth taking the time to organize the work area. Keep the items close to what you need such as a notebook, pens and computer charger. It will make your life so much easier. 

5. Reduce distractions

Do you find yourself constantly taking the phone on your hand and scrolling over Instagram? All a sudden you have a phone in your hand and 20 minutes have passed. 

When a task becomes tedious, annoying, or boring, it can be all too enticing to click over to your favorite blog, Reddit, or social media.

If you’re trying to complete a project, try to reduce the potential distractions so that they don’t tempt you. For instance, you might put your phone on airplane mode for certain hours of the day, or you might turn off chat programs on your computer if you need to focus. If necessary, set a timer for every few hours so that you can have scheduled social media breaks. 

Most of the people, as well as your friends, are working the ‘’office hours’’ from the day so it will be easier to let go from social distractions by thinking that there is no one to answer to you immediately. 

6. Take breaks while working remotely 

Don’t just talk about breaks, take them. You might think that it shows a better work ethic to power through the day without pause, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. If you don’t take breaks, you’ll be more susceptible to distraction and probably won’t be producing your best work. 

When you notice that you’re lagging or uninspired, sometimes taking five can actually help revive your work ethic. It can help you return to the task at hand with a new focus, allowing you to stay on track. 

So, is staying motivated easy while working from home?   

The answer is, Absolutely! But even if I love being a remote worker, I also miss interacting with my coworkers.  

When you have the flexibility of working remotely, you’ll feel trusted by your company and managers (speaking as an employee).  

I also love the complete and utter freedom to make my own schedule, and If I can discipline myself enough to deliver my tasks, and find the motivation to enjoy it, I honestly believe I have one of the best jobs in the world.