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Being a remote worker, or running a remote team has gained more traction in these last few years. A culture shift has happened, removing the stigma that “working from home” is somehow less-than. Working remote is one of the preferred ways to get things done, for a lot of reasons. It’s been shown to result in more productivity, time and money is saved in commuting and it typically leads to a more flexible and happy work life for everyone involved.
Sometimes though, not having a work mate or someone physically near you can stall out motivation and cause productivity to fall. If you find that your motivation is lacking lately, try one of these strategies to get you back on track.
Change Your Setting
When things start to feel stagnant, or you find that distractions are becoming even more distracting, try changing up where you work. When laundry or dishes start to pull you away, get out of your home office and head to a coffee shop. A co-working space is great or even the local library. Change up your physical location and you will remove yourself from the distractions that are keeping you from getting things done. Changing up your location also helps to foster fresh thinking and creative ideas.
Use a Timer
If you are having a really hard time getting a project finished, emails written or sales calls made – set a timer and get to work. Take 20 minutes to power through your task and then give yourself a break. Sprint through the tough tasks – you can do anything for 20 minutes. Sometimes when you finish up a dreaded task or project, you find you have the energy to continue on with other work. Getting even more done than you anticipated or planned for feels amazing and can do wonders for your motivation.
Video Chat a Work Colleague
When we can’t find our motivation – sometimes that just means we’re craving some human connection. Get on a video chat with a work colleague or someone in the daily remote work grind like you and chat about what you’re working on. A friendly face and some actual human interaction can really do wonders for your energy levels. If this strategy works well for you – it might be time to find a co-working space or somewhere to work where there is a lot of human interaction.
Take a walk
Movement tends to get stuck energy moving again. Taking a walk around the block or on a nearby trail, beach, track, etc., gets your head out of the project or task you’re working on, allowing you the free head space to problem solve. I have a treadmill desk, and I find that even walking on that when I’m stuck helps a lot. Blood pumping, sunshine, fresh air can give your motivation a hard reset. Even taking a walking meeting with someone or your joining conference calls while out on a walk can help your creativity, mood and motivation.
Set A Reward
When all else fails, set a reward for yourself when you get to the end of the project. In fact, double it up with the timer strategy. Set the timer for 20 minutes, work as hard and fast as you can, and when the timer goes off it’s time for that pedicure, coffee, massage, Game Of Thrones, nap, podcast episode, whatever. Rewards work great when motivation is low.
It’s important to remember that motivation isn’t a constant state of being. It waxes and wanes, so be kind to yourself, use external strategies to pull you out of it and get back on track.
May 30, 2019 at 11:07AM
Forbes – Entrepreneurs