In my previous post (Start Your Home Based Business Today), I mentioned that some people would like to “be their own boss, work their own hours, and some would even love to work from home.” In this post I am going to focus on working from home….
Staying motivated and focused while working from home is a little more difficult than one would think. When you work from home you, have to deal with distractions that can keep you from working on your Affiliate Marketing business. Distractions come in many forms, including your spouse, the kids, the dogs or cats, the unexpected visitor or anything else. If you have just started working at home, the transition can sometimes be tough. You have to develop new self-motivation skills that you may not have needed to have in the past, especially if you were previously in a structured environment, such as an office space .Remember that your success depends on you, so its imperative for you to stay motivated and focused while you work from home.
Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated and focused when you are working from home:
Keep your morning ritual- everyone thinks that they can just get out of bed and start working. On the surface, that sounds like a pretty good idea. However, it really is better for you to maintain your morning ritual. If you came from a structured environment, and had a morning ritual, stick with it. The only thing that you need to change is, you don’t have to drive to the office. See, taking time to get ready for your day, as you used to, will help get you to keep that productive mind-set. Just make sure you eat breakfast so you can increase your energy levels.
Tune out the distractions Tuning out the distractions can keep you focused when you are working from home. Try listening to music by turning on a radio. You could also listen to the radio on the internet since its so readily available. You could listen to some music you have on your pc, in Itunes or Media Player. You may even consider putting on some headphones.
Listening to music may actually be yet another distraction for some people. If that’s the case, earplugs may help you tune out the distractions.
Take breaks- Sometimes I find myself working for very long periods of time without taking any breaks. Working non-stop for long periods of time causes most people to feel burned out which then leads them to feel unmotivated. So, remember to take short breaks. Short breaks, maybe 10-15mins in the morning and afternoon really do help. Taking time to eat lunch also really helps. If you have come from a structured office environment, you may be used to taking periodic breaks. When working from home, try to keep this habit. The rest will do you good and it really does help to keep you focused.
Stay on firm ground- Almost everyone has laptops now a days. So, you can do your work in almost any location. Although working from your comfortable couch or while sitting in bed may sound ideal, both of these positions cause you to slouch. Slouching generally does not really help to keep your energy levels up. Actually, it will make you get really relaxed and you will want to take a nap. Or you may find yourself falling asleep. So, try to find some firm ground to work from. An office chair and a desk is ideal. However, if you don’t have them, try working from the kitchen table or counter. You can always make the seat softer with the addition of a pillow. The point is to sit up and try to keep a good posture. This really helps in staying production while you are working from home because it really helps to keep you focused.
Fresh air and sunlight- Get outside for some fresh air and sunlight. You can do this by working outside for short periods. Lets face it, working from home has its perks, so why not take advantage of this one. Take your laptop outside and do your work. Working from home, on your Affiliate Marketing business, from outside is a great way to improve your productivity. It could be that spot that helps you to tune out the distractions and most of all, it helps to lift your mood.
If you stay focused and motivated while you are working from home, you can make your Affiliate Marketing business a success. If your business is a success, you can make a lot of money.
That’s it for now, until the next post…..