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Working at Home – How Do You Stay Motivated, Is It the Right Choice For You?

Some people feel that when working at home it is difficult to stay motivated. I guess it would depend how much you want to work at home instead of commuting to work on cold wet days. Also how much you want to be doing the work you have chosen to do. Whether you enjoy the peaceful surroundings at home, (assuming that is the case), or that you like the buzz of a busy office or work place. If the latter is your choice you may feel isolated at home.

Can you set yourself a schedule and stick to it? Do you enjoy a challenge you have set yourself?

Setting goals is also a great way to stay on target. If the goal is extremely important to you, something you are passionate about, it is easier to stay committed to your schedule. As well as your main goal if you break your work plan into weekly of daily segments, you will be able to see you are keeping to your schedule and are on target.

Seeing that you are making progress is a great reward and will spur you on to greater success. If you Love what you are doing it is much easier to stay motivated as you are enjoying most of the tasks involved, and although some may be a chore, all jobs have bits you would rather ovoid. If you make lists and strike a thick line through the tasks on completion, you will get some satisfaction on accomplishing uninviting tasks.

Make to-do lists the night before so that you know exactly what you have planned when you sit down at your laptop and you are less likely to get sidetracked by emails Facebook etc. Plan work slots. Be aware and plan, when you have other activities to incorporate into your day. After all, one of the joys of working at home is the convenience of being time flexible, especially around family commitments and other things you love to do.

Give yourself little rewards for unappealing tasks, like a cup of coffee or a walk in the garden, an apple or even a yummy piece of cake occasionally, if your waist-line allows!.

So probably the most important things to keep you motivated are:

You have to see working at home as a benefit – list the advantages as you see them. When you see the advantages and disadvantages you have listed, it will help you decide if working at home is right for you, and what you can do to make it ideal.

To make it rewarding, it has to be something you really want to do, so choose carefully. Decide on work that excites you, something you will enjoys and are passionate about sharing. Choose something that will build on your strengths. If you are creative find something with a creative element. If you like writing maybe article writing would satisfy you. Before you commit to working at home consider very carefully what you are good at and what you enjoy, and make sure these preferences can be built into this new venture.

So is this the lifestyle you would enjoy? Are you brave enough to start a new venture? Begin part-time, supported by your existing income. Find a 0% credit card for the few essentials and begin on a budget giving yourself a year or two to pay it off.

Take away the pressure so that you can enjoy the experience, don’t expect to earn a fortune immediately, traditional business takes a couple of years to become established. Plan a great holiday you will fund from your new business and watch your business grow. The biggest regret is never having tried, so to your success…

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