Keeping it Together
If you have your personal and financial goals in order as well as your routine down pat, the next thing you should do is to give yourself scheduled breaks and treat yourself. It costs nothing to reward yourself with a hot bubble bath, extended shower, self-manicure, or to simply curl up with a relaxing beverage and a good book or magazine. Indulge yourself with little treats like this on a regular basis and you will start to feel refreshed and ready to get cracking at your desk once again. You can even set it up so that you write down a few personal indulgences you plan to give yourself upon the completion of a set number of tasks or assignments to stay motivated. Set up some long term goals as well, in which you promise to reward yourself for a job well done. This does wonders for your mental health and general well-being.
Taking care of your physical health is also important when you want to improve your professional development on an ongoing basis. A healthy body contributes to a more productive and alert mind. Not paying attention to your own basic health and fitness requirements can make you feel lethargic and unmotivated and even lower your self-esteem. It is imperative to develop and maintain your physical health in order to feel good about yourself, increase your confidence, and keep your blood moving. As the saying goes, when you look good you feel good. Feeling good both physically and mentally is critical in keeping yourself motivated and at the top of your game.
Socializing is something that many work-from-home professionals forget to take part in all too often. People become so absorbed in their work that they forget to get out there and mingle. If you spend too much time either at home or just alone in general, you will inevitably start to feel down in the dumps and your work-from-home life will begin to suffer as you become depressed and socially cut-off. If you feel you need a pick-me-up it is best to call someone and pull yourself away from your desk for an hour or two. More than likely, you will come home feeling refreshed and rejuvinated after catching up with a friend or shooting a few hoops with your buddies.
Write down your goals, targets, and timelines, and post them somewhere highly visible. It helps put things into perspective when you ask yourself why you are doing this particular task when you start to feel drained or bored with your job.
Make sure you set up your home office in a quiet area of your home, away from distractions--and keep it organized. Disorganization on your desk can make you feel disorganized internally. By keeping things in order and on track you will feel confident about your completing things on time and you won't waste time searching for that paper with the name of an important business contact on it.
All of these things can help you stay motivated and contribute to your professional development. Remembering your goals often and nurturing yourself will help ensure motivation; continuous professional development as a home-based worker will easily follow.
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