How to motivate yourself at home office

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Even the tempting lying down in pajamas with a laptop on the sofa may not always be ideal. The year of the pandemic revealed the pitfalls that lie in wait for the home office.

Proven methods save time, increase productivity and work enjoyment.

Do you have no self-discipline? She will be replaced by a plan!

In the home office, you are the master of your time. It would be a sin not to lick this cream. It's up to you whether you work at nine in the morning or two at night.

Help yourself with a tailor-made plan and follow it consistently. Realize that you are only robbing yourself by procrastinating at home. The graph in the image shows the results of a survey of administrative staff in UK offices.

At home, you can decide if your freedom will be:

  • ▪ your weapon against yourself
  • ▪ your motivation tool

A smart plan is smart when it reflects your biological needs. Find out which hours work best for you. Thanks to the circadian rhythm, most people reach their highest mental performance around ten o'clock in the morning . After the second afternoon comes the depression, in the late afternoon the reactivity accelerates again. The evening is the best time for physical activity.

What to definitely include in a smart plan:

Alarm clock!

Get up early! You will shift the focus of work to the most productive morning hours. You will finish your work sooner and save time. A recent large-scale study revealed that going to bed just an hour earlier instead of midnight can reduce your risk of depression by up to 23%! Don't believe the fairy tales about "owls", according to scientists we can change that!

A combination of creativity and routine

Routine gives a sense of security, creativity develops personality. Too much of either will quickly exhaust the brain. On the other hand, an optimal mix will increase work productivity and reduce fatigue. The exact ratio is individual, waiting for you to discover it yourself. Although you won't change your work schedule too much, you can adapt your free time to it. The overall ratio of creativity and routine should be balanced in your day and week.

Strategic breaks – 52 : 17

If you are sitting at work, get up every half hour and walk around. This will promote blood circulation and oxygenate the brain. Work is more efficient with breaks . Draugiem Group is a specialist in technological innovation. It has customers all over the world. Its researchers, with the help of a computer application, found that the most productive people work in a 52:17 mode . 52 minutes of work and 17 minutes for other activities. It is actually controlled procrastination. But in "your" 17 minutes, you can do a lot of useful things at home, unlike in the office. Cook food, wash clothes, arrange a meeting, buy equipment for floorball, take out the basket, exercise... Of course, this also includes talking to friends, it's just a matter of having your time under control. The rule, which resembles the well-knownpomodoro technique , can give your home office a new dimension and make the most of it.

And what else?

Go to 50MB/s and above

Few things can kill your work ethic like a bad connection. Don't be afraid to pay extra. Convince your IT to set up the best VPN options.

Block social networks and websites

Of course not for the whole day. But certainly for the time you are working. Networks are more sophisticated than your determination to do without them. The biggest distractors are Facebook and Instagram. Use only working channels. Smart apps can block exactly the websites you set. For example, e-shops and news servers, where you are constantly looking for something that is not there... You can time the blocking, for example using the pomodoro technique. With some blockers, you can even temporarily block unwanted software and thus avoid, for example, tempting games.

Watch your work overtime

The increase in overtime is one of the most surprising consequences of working from home. No "falls" will stop you at home. You can easily convince yourself that "you'll finish this." But then you find yourself staring at work documents at midnight... Use smart timers. The employer cannot see how long it will take you to complete the assigned task. The more you make, the more you get!

Get outside and move

Socialize and get some sun. Both will energize you. Exercise increases productivity and mental performance . Set a specific goal you want to achieve – for example, the number of steps you walk each day. Get a pedometer or download an app that counts steps for free. Agree with your colleagues on a regular online exercise several times a week. In this way, you will strengthen the relationships in the team and you will enjoy your work a little more.

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right" (Henry Ford)

Self hacking

Develop yourself. Sign up for courses that will take your professional knowledge to a higher level. What a person can do, he enjoys more. Insider found that rich and successful people watch far less TV and read less just for fun. Even free time is an investment that motivates successful work. Try to keep things under control and consciously work on positive feelings. Your efforts will also be supported by smart mixes of effective adaptogens and mental boosters, such as our Advanced Mind or Stress Free .