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WFH killing your motivation? Here are 3 ways to get back on track

Updated on:2 May 2021, 12:53pm IST
Staying motivated while working from home can be pretty challenging, but a few easy hacks can solve this problem.
Grace Bains
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Working from home can be demotivating at times but you can follow these simple tips to overcome it. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Covid-19 has altered our lives in more ways than one. Perhaps, it is probably the first time that everyone is facing such unprecedented times. Millions of people have been forced to work out of their homes, as social distancing norms have become critical to control the spread of the infection.

Needless to say, there are several advantages when it comes to working from home, ranging from spending quality time with your loved ones to spending no time on unnecessary office commutes, which was earlier quite a pain. However, the community spirit that you experience in a physical workspace provides a certain push and an ambience that enhances our motivation and productivity that a WFH setup often lacks.

Hence, to deal with those spurts of demotivation, we bring to you three ways to overcome this feeling, and bring your motivation back on track.

1. Set a routine

One approach could be to determine the timing, when you are supposed to be online and then set a regular work schedule around that time. A basic routine could include waking up at the same time every day, exercising, showering, getting dressed for work (you may consider wearing at least a fresh shirt/top before going online), eating a healthy breakfast, and then making a checklist of everything you need to accomplish during the day. Moreover, filling the extra time that you now have can be spent indulging in a hobby, talking to friends, working out or even reading a book. These activities will certainly keep you motivated!

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2. Take a break

You may also consider creating a mechanism for yourself, in which you can take a short break after you complete a certain task on your checklist. It is important to get a sense of accomplishment on a daily basis. You could also go for a walk, once in the middle of the workday, and once at the end, since walking is a great way to exercise and relax your muscles at the same time.

3. Create a dedicated workspace

While sitting on the couch or attending meetings lying down is comfortable, the same may not hold true when you have to project your undivided attention to a particular task. A dedicated workspace could be a particular area of the house where you work from daily, it could even be a study table inside your room.

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What is important is that this designated space must be respected like a conventional workspace by both you and your family. It should be free from all kinds of disturbances, and must be equipped with easy access to all kinds of tools and supplies that are important to deliver your work.

The situation we’re all in is extremely tough and uncertain, but we have to keep going and emerge stronger!

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