5 simple solutions for motivated work in the home office

Who does not know the moment when you sit at the computer and possibly already sat the whole day at the computer. The motivation has reached the basement. That moment when you actually love your home office commitment, but would love to trade it in for a moment now for a shelter commitment. You could go there now, switch off your head, take your favorite dog Woody on a leash and go for a walk around the block.

Everyone who has ever worked in a home office knows this feeling. The wonderful freedom that comes with being digitally engaged. Above all, the comfort of having your own four walls (or even your ever-changing walls) while creating great things is wonderful. But even with this freedom comes all the disruptive factors. These disruptive factors are things that just seem more important to you at that moment in a very irrational way.

The inner pig and his friends

In the following section, we will take a look at the four classic disruptive factors. And on top of that, I’m going to give you five strategies on how to stop them from harming you and your motivation.

1. friends know where to find you

Your friends may also know where your office or project site is, but the inhibition threshold to visit you there is much higher than in your own four walls. Especially if you don’t have a set work schedule, it’s simply impossible for your friends to know when you’re in your creative phase or just lounging around on the couch. Then, of course, you also tend to use evasion strategies. For example, the argument suddenly comes up that other people in their work environment also take coffee breaks all the time. This is a convenient argument to also- poof- sit with his friends on his living room couch for the third coffee. And from the couch, it’s hard to gather the motivation you need to get started again. You may be lucky enough to have a personal schedule that fits right in with your friends’. Thus, you will be spared from this sweet temptation. However, what if not?

2. fed up with your own computer

Our lives are increasingly taking place in front of screens. Already our parents and grandparents were worried in our ears that this can in no way be good for our eyes. This can definitely not be good for health and certainly not for the mind. You just get tired of one thing, anyone who was in quarantine during the Corona pandemic knows what I’m talking about.
The own computer, which is the way to infinite information, entertainment media and also to our beloved freedom in self-determined work, suddenly becomes a shunned object. In some moments, my cousin’s answer to the question of what she would like to do for a living comes to mind: “Something with people. At this moment, I can well understand that. I would like to do something with people, no matter what – but definitely not something with computers!

3. email trap

The email account is a disruptive factor that is discussed over and over again with pleasure and I don’t have to go into it very deeply. It is nevertheless listed here because it is quite treacherous. Because when you’re working through your emails, you develop the feeling that you’re pretty busy at that moment. You actually work on something and you solve problems that you didn’t even know you had in the morning. Still, when you look at your to-do list after two hours of answering emails, all that positive feeling has been wiped out. For although one has committed oneself, one has not made any progress.

4. cat videos

As soon as you sit motivated in front of your computer, the feeling of working already comes up. You’ve made it this far and now practically nothing can get in the way. However, the computer is not as easy to divide into leisure and work areas as you often do in your home. Very few people have a separate work computer and a leisure computer. This means that if you want to keep busy with your to-dos, you may well find yourself keeping an eye on your leisure activities. For example, the people who take care of the Facebook, Instagram or other channels are the most extremely affected. There, the club or company account is directly linked to the private account and one has this constantly running in parallel. You can start very motivated, but as soon as the first cat videos or a headline about the new DIY soap recipe is switched, you are lost in the automatic playlist faster than you can look.

Even for practiced social media abstainers, the Internet offers many pitfalls. Through the clever linking of exciting blog articles, you quickly go from a short research on “Digitized Association Work” to Team Motivation and suddenly you find yourself in an article about the disruptive factors in the home office. Quick interjection, weren’t you supposed to be looking for something else? Don’t worry, now you’ve already read almost the entire article, you shouldn’t let the solution strategies slip through your fingers.

The solution is in your hand

We probably all know these disruptive factors and motivation killers, and congratulations the first step has already been taken: we have made ourselves aware of them! This is definitely the first and most important step, because you need to know your enemies. Home office, whether for your social commitment or for your job, always offers a special challenge, because on the one hand you are the culprit, but at the same time you are the only person who actively notices it. All other regulating influences, such as peer pressure (works wonderfully when you can watch each other work) or even team leadership within sight, are completely missing from you. But as an independent, freedom-loving person, you shouldn’t worry now, because with a few tricks, you’ve got this under control.

Be aware of your motivation

In every project, there are also tasks that are not particularly appealing, that simply require a bit more effort. But these tasks are part of the process and are indispensable. At least I assume so, if not then just sort out the task. But the big goal, the meaning behind your task/project should become clear to you. For some it helps to write it down in large letters or to visualize it as desktop background. Always keep the big goal in mind.

When you decided to participate in this project, what convinced you at that time?

What will improve in this world because of your work?

Be aware of your freedom

If you are currently struggling with your work schedule and may be feeling lonely, remember that fluctuations in motivation are normal. Home office has its pitfalls, of course, especially at times when there are holes in motivation. This is normal and happens in other types of work as well. However, make yourself aware of why you wanted to go digital and the positive things you can get out of it.

What freedoms have you gained and what does it mean for you, for your family?

Be aware of your responsibility

Be aware of the position your work has in your team. Who is waiting for your feedback or results and what a great impact it will have once the overall project is up and running. You are not alone, even if you do not (or only rarely) see your comrades-in-arms, you are part of the big picture. You are working on something important and it won’t go on without you. Your work is important and your team needs you.

What role do you play on your team?

Contact your personal motivator

Especially those who are engaged at a distance need a personal motivator. This can be someone from your project environment or from outside. This is a type thing and can also change depending on the situation. It’s super important to know your personal motivator and contact them in your motivational holes. Even a short call helps and you remember the reasons why you are fully behind the project again! The craziest thing is, sometimes you don’t even have to talk about the project to make it work.

Who can you talk to to re-energize you?

Be nice to yourself

What you can do tomorrow, do tomorrow. If your task is not particularly urgent, then do yourself a favor and put it off. Call your best friend and ask if you can walk his dog. A change of scenery, distraction and listening to your gut doesn’t hurt. And as is well known, the best ideas were born in times of rest!

What form of distance gives the again new energy?

How can you incorporate balancing activities into your daily life?

Turning to the essential things with motivation

Digital association work or even home office in professional life can be, like life itself, a roller coaster of emotions. This is normal and you just need to be aware of your biggest weaknesses. Hopefully, the various strategies will give you a few tools of the trade so you’ll be ready for the next motivational slump. In addition to all the solution strategies, it is of course also important in the long term to create a balance for yourself. Even if you like to get involved digitally, there’s nothing to stop you from getting in touch with your local sports club or the nearest animal shelter( you can find the nearest animal shelterhere – you’re welcome!). It’s all in the mix!

What strategies do you use to motivate you to work on your computer? I would love for you to share your ideas in the comments for me and the other readers.

You might work with people in a home office or supervise digital volunteers? Then hopefully the article has given you an exciting insight into the hard hours of your team members. If appropriate, discuss the questions from the solution strategies at your next team meeting and perhaps good ideas can be shared as a team. This is definitely a good team building activity as well. Even more information and exciting tips for managing digital volunteers and employees will also be provided to you in our online course. Register now without obligation and don’t miss the start of the next course!

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