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The other day I was talking to a mumpreneur whose PR business has taken off over the last few months. She’s got what she wants – she’s her own boss, she works from home and has the flexibility to choose her hours and projects.
“I love it,” she says, “but I’m also finding it quite hard to stay motivated. Some mornings when it’s gloomy outside, I really miss the buzz and camaraderie of an office environment.”
Working alone from home can be really tough when it’s miserable outside and everyone else seems to be having Christmas lunches and parties, making you feel like a recluse and often spiralling into bouts of self-doubt.
Here are my top tips for staying motivated working from home
If you usually start the day writing press releases, shake up your routine and make phone calls first. When you’re running out of steam on a project, take a break and call someone or do research for another client before returning to it.
Reach out to other mumpreneurs. Sharing experiences and discussing the highs and lows of working from home often makes you feel less isolated.
Your business will not collapse if you meet a friend for coffee or lunch every now and then. (This is quite hard when you’re paying for childcare, but give yourself permission to do it anyway. It will refuel you!) Working in a buzzing coffee shop could also make you feel part of the world again.
Don’t put it to the bottom of your priority list! Go to a weekly yoga class, a jog or brisk walk to wake up body and mind. If you can’t find a friend to join you, go alone and use the time to having quality thinking time.
Go to networking meetings, even if you don’t really feel like it. Spending time with other people and sharing ideas can create that spark you need to keep going. Not everyone will be your cup of tea – but remember this is the same in an office!
If you employ freelancers for social media, marketing or web design find ways of feeling that you’re all part of a team striving for the same goal such as meeting regularly and sharing successes.
Make a plan each evening of three key things you want to achieve the next day. This will make it seem manageable and help you focus instead of feeling weighed down by a never-ending list of tasks.
Don’t be distracted by the dirty dishes in the sink or overflowing washing basket. Either get domestic chores out of the way first thing or set aside 30 minutes before school pick up to blitz the home.
*Fiona Clark is a qualified confidence and career coach who founded Inspired Mums to inspire women to reach their full potential at work. She is passionate about helping women find fulfilling, family friendly roles.