There are times when you can’t find your motivation and you’re seriously considering putting up a wanted poster to find it. During lockdowns it can be even harder to find especially when you’re working from home and there’s distractions everywhere. So how can we find our motivation or at least fake it until we make it?
Make a work environment that works for you – what works for some people won’t work for others so try and find an environment that works for you. Maybe you need silence, or maybe you need music. Maybe you like to spread out or maybe it doesn’t matter where you work as long as you have a computer you are fine. Figure out what works for you and make an environment that is appealing and makes you want to work.
Keep a schedule – remember in high school when you had timetables where the day was broken up into 1-hour blocks (or 45-minute blocks)? Create your own timetable and plan out your days by breaking things into manageable blocks of time. Remember to include breaks where you physically remove yourself from where you are working and breaking down tasks when needed.
Mix up the tasks – we often have multiple things we need to do, so use this to your advantage. Do one task for an hour and then another task for another hour. Switching things up is less likely to leave you distracted and as a bonus your mind isn’t likely to switch off.
Challenge yourself/set goals – set yourself small challenges to complete and celebrate when you complete each one. You could also just rename tasks as challenges so you're more motivated to do it. If there’s a task you’re just not feeling, change how you think about it and see it in a different light.
Change your scenery – this may be hard when you’re working from home but there has to be a different place where you can work? Maybe it’s the backyard or balcony? What about going into a different room? Or switch how you do a task; can you do a task on pen or paper (and then type it up if need be) or using a tablet instead of a laptop? Just something to make work interesting and different so you don’t feel like you are doing the exact same thing every day.
Have an accountability partner – is there a work colleague or friend you can ask to check in on you to make sure you are doing your work or that you’re taking breaks? Find someone who can help you stay on track and maybe you can do the same for them. It’s also a good idea to check in on people to see how they’re going whilst working from home.
Working from home can be challenging regardless of if you do it all the time, have done it before in previous lockdowns or if it’s a temporary thing due to the pandemic. Give yourself a break and know that motivation will come and go in waves. When you have motivation use it to your advantage and when it dips off that’s ok and take it easy on yourself.
Need some help finding your motivation? Feel free to drop by, just say, ‘Hey Barty’ in strict confidence and you can be anonymous if you wish. Or, do not hesitate to leave a question in the comments below any time.