How to Motivate Yourself as a Remote Worker

So working remotely has amazing benefits… you have loads of flexibility, your working at your own pace, in your own zone. But it can be tricky too. With loads of distractions dotted around the place, it can be a challenge sometimes to get your focus on. So I’ve compiled together a number of things to boost your motivation and productivity.

1.     Wake up early

Wake up early… don’t be fooled by thinking that you can sleep in because you’re in charge of the clock.  Studies show that morning people are more proactive and get more stuff done. You will find you are more passionate about your work in the morning too.

2.     Make a routine

Cultivate habits in your day to ensure that you do things instinctually rather than haphazardly. That could mean waking up early, exercising, pre-making lunch. Once you create your routine, you’ll find it easier to accomplish your goals.

3.     Use the Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique uses a timer to break down tasks into intervals into 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. The notion behind it is that frequent breaks improve mental agility and keep you refreshed. There are times online that you can use to make it easy to measure.

4.     Create a to-do list and then rank your tasks in order of importance

When you are creating your to-do list, it’s easy to just focus on the easy tasks or the tasks that take the least amount of time, but that’s not necessarily the best thing to do. What you should do is start with the most important task and work your way down. This will help you make sure you get the most impact when you work.

5.     Reward yourself for good work

Rewarding yourself when you do a good job is so important and easily missed. If you feel like you’ve done a solid amount of work and it is to a good level, then you should do something that brings you joy or give yourself a treat, like a drink or a piece of chocolate. This will make you subconsciously want to finish important tasks more frequently and offer the creative freedom you need to keep motivated.

6.     Work around other hard workers

Find your work tribe. Work around other people who push themselves and are proactive. Their levels of productivity will move you to higher levels of productivity, and not only that, you will have people to bounce ideas around. Check out co-working spaces or online entrepreneur groups.

These are all really good tips that work for me and others. Hopefully it will help. If you struggle with procrastination, then why not check out my Procrastination buster workbook here. It’s free!