How To Beat Procrastination Especially When You Work From Home
Procrastination can be a day ruiner, especially when you work from home. Like me, working from home can be difficult sometimes. We have so many other things on our plate. We’re not only business owners, but we have families and other obligations.
Often times when you work from home, you feel obligated to keep the household in order too. Something really important to remember people! You work from home, so don’t allow yourself to get distracted with household chores! Work hours are for work, not household duties! I know it’s easy to take a break and start some laundry, but don’t let yourself get distracted for hours. I know I’m guilty of that.
In part I’m writing this post because sometimes I have difficulty staying on task throughout the day. I’m one of those people who thrive under stress, so I work my tail off when it’s required. When I need to “just keep swimming” is when I have a problem with procrastination. I’m going to give you some tips that have helped me beat procrastination.
Create an awesome morning routine
I don’t know about you, but I am all about routine. And I believe a great day starts with a great and productive morning!
Put some upbeat jams on, take a shower, eat a delicious and nutritious breakfast, stretch your legs, and pour yourself your morning cup of joe! Every morning I make myself a delicious cup of coffee to get me going, and reward myself for getting my ass up. You know, because it’s hard sometimes!
Read about Why You Need A Morning Routine
Set yourself up for success
After you’ve taken care of your body, set your work space up for productivity. Everyone’s situation will be different, and you’ll know what’s best for you.
Clean up the space so you have no clutter distractions. For me, this means picking up my room and making my bed. Prepare your computer or your supplies and set them up so that they’re ready to use.
I work from home, and my work space is in my abnormally large bedroom. One side of the room has my bed, clothes, and usual bedroom things. The other side of the room is a big cluster of canvases, paintings, packaging supplies, and an endless supply of art supplies.
This step is crucial for me, because if I don’t set up my work space, I’m tempted to lay in bed all day. You know…Because it’s right there calling my name. So! I put up a huge 8×3 foot table and made that my official business space. I set up my easel with supplies, or I set up my computer space for blogging. This way I have no reason to go back to bed.
Set goals and stick to them
I’m a huge advocate of having goals. Who doesn’t feel amazing after they’ve accomplished something they’ve been working on? Having goals reminds you of where you’re going, and what you’re striving for. Working with no goals can be discouraging because you never feel like you accomplish anything.
Have goals in your life, and take the necessary steps to get yourself there. This will keep you busy and on track. When you don’t complete a task because you were procrastinating, hopefully that will spark a flame in you to work harder next time!
Keep a planner and visual aid
The best way to set goals and to keep them is to write them down. I use a planner that I set goals for every day. I check my planner numerous times a day to keep myself focused and motivated to get work done. Checking items off a list is almost all the reward I need!
(Get a bullet journal, they can be really amazing.)
Similar to a planner, if you need a little extra reminder, try using a visual aid in your work space. It’s much easier to remember your tasks if you can see them. Write notes on stickies in places you’ll find them to motivate you to get to work. Encouraging notes can go really far.
Ask for help
Sometimes the best way to remind yourself to get to work is to have someone else hold you accountable. Ask a friend for a favor. If your goal is to exercise every morning, have your friend check in with you. Or if they’re really motivated, ask them to be your work out buddy. (That’s a friend right there.)
I’ve found that this really works for me. One of my goals is to send a newsletter out every Monday for my blog. I asked my best friend to ask about it if she didn’t receive it. (You know who you are). And you know what? That actually happened once, and then I got straight to work. People feel more responsibility if others are counting on them for something.
Get your ass up and work for at least 10 minutes
I’ve mentioned this before in my How To Find Motivation When You Have Depression blog, and I’ll say it again. Sometimes the hardest part of procrastination is just getting started. Most often once you’ve gotten started, you feel the push you need to keep going.
So I’ll challenge you to force yourself to work really hard for 10 minutes, and see how far that takes you. You might find yourself working for hours. Or you might need a break because today’s hard. I totally get it. You know what’s best for yourself.
But I bet you’ll feel better because you got something accomplished?!
This brings me to my last tip.
Reward yourself afterwards
You deserve a reward dammit! You work hard, and you give everything your best! You’re probably as hard on yourself, as I am on myself. Which is worrisome, because I feel like I never give myself a break.
But I know that I deserve a little somthin’ somthin’ for how hard I work. You do too. After you’ve accomplished your tasks for the day, give yourself a reward. That may be a book reading session, playing on your phone, eating that delicious dessert that’s been staring at you all day….or whatever seems fitting.
Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you don’t deserve rewards or breaks. Treating yourself to breaks and treats will keep you motivated and far more productive, I promise.
On an end note I’ll share a secret with you. In my entire college career, I probably had a total of five all-nighters. You know why? Because I value sleep like it’s gold, and I know that I will be far more productive with a good night’s sleep. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but I know that my all-nighters produced shit for work.
Productivity and efficiency come with rewards and breaks. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and really reward yourself for your hard work. You deserve it!