Flexible Work. How to deal with motivation and focus WFH?

While some people see a bunch of advantages of working from home, on the other hand, some others really struggle to can focus and to be productive. We share with you 7 ways to find motivation and focus while at home.

iShare, as a co-working space, is a solution for those who work already remotely, but don’t like to stay at home. we are a solution, for those who want to keep feeling a professional environment surrounding them, even if they have the advantage to have a flexible office.

Well, during these times, iShare keeps having its own commitment with you. We understand that most of you are choosing to stay home, as self-protection, and also as social responsibility, instead of coming to our Co-Working Space, even if it means facing new challenges. And it’s here that we want to help you. We want to help you with how to deal with focus and productivity.

Firstly, is entirely necessary to understand that, as human beings, we are social beings. Even the most introverted ones need human connections. And, obviously, if you are self-isolating you are not going to have the human connections as you used to – which can in part affect the way you feel and consequently your motivation.

1. Everything Starts With “Why?”

As Simon Sinek says in his book title, “Everything Starts With Why”. Well, the main idea of the book goes to how organizations can be built and organized, but it’s also directed to how to inspire people – and that’s exactly the point we want to touch – we want to help you find ways to feel inspired to work.

So, you can start defining the priorities on your mind using that “tool” – Why?

Why are you working? Probably, because you like what you do, or even you don’t like you will find benefits on that. As, for example, your salary. Even if it’s not what you desire, it is what you have for now, and you don’t want to lose it.

So, yes. You already find one point to look at, every time you feel you are losing your motivation. 

But, try to use it in-depth. You will find positive results on that.

2. Find out what’s wrong and what’s is breaking your motivation

Now, that you already have reasons to motivate yourself, let you try to understand what’s wrong. What is breaking your motivation feelings and making you feel out of your working comfort zone?

Ask your self very practical questions as: is it because the house is noising? Is it because I’m not in the kind of chair I like? Is it because I don’t have my own space? Is it because your home outfit doesn’t make you feel as fresh and confident as the working one?  And keep asking until you find what’s failing. 

Then, obviously, try to solve it. Try to find a way to have your own “office” at home, a place where you can feel it’s separated from your free time.

3. Keep having your breaks religiously

If you realize you are not being productive, don’t stay in front of your monitor chatting with your friends – otherwise, you will lose the notion between breaks and work.

If you are not being productive, please stop. Go to the kitchen and prepare a coffee, do some pancakes, put clothes on the washing machine, get something tidy, take a little nap, go to the balcony and read a bit, go for a run, or do yoga at home. Do whatever you feel suitable for you, that would really mean like a “BREAK”. And then come back with all the motivation!

4. Don’t be a hermit

Don’t think that because you need to have physical self-isolation during these times, that it means being isolated from society. It would be even harder if you take that path.

It’s understandable that it could be difficult to deal with this new way of communicating – the digital way, and that we can start to feel saturated of being always replying to the others in a non-natural way.

But, by the way, communication is entirely needed, at least at work. To keep having the work done on the same rhythm, keep the team motivated, have and give feedback, etc.

5. Planning and prioritizing

If your daily tasks are not set up by your superior, is crucial to plan your day and also your week. It’s important in order to don’t feel lost and consequently lose your motivation. Or don’t suddenly realize that you have a lot to do and get “scared” and frustrated by that.

6. Switch off distractions if needed

It obviously depends on the person and on how much self-control you have. But, everyone knows, that for some people, social media is a temptation and they don’t even have a notion about how much time they are spending there. For those, we highly recommend to use blockers – the extension StayFocused is a great option.

Anyway, the house is full of temptations to distract us (such as the fridge, TV, pets, family members), to be sure you can deal with that, practice your self-discipline.

7. Keep in mind the advantages and be grateful

Firstly, feel grateful for what you have. Feel grateful for having a job that can adapt to these circumstances. Then, have a look at the advantages of this new lifestyle.

You have more time to spend with your family or householders, you save time which you used to lose in the daily travels to work, you can do the house tasks during your breaks and then have more time to relax, you are saving the travel costs. Just brainstorm what changed for the better, feel grateful, and don’t focus on the problems and obstacles.

The Author
Gary Luo
A handsome intern

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