I should probably come clean before you get too excited and say that this isn’t an instructional post – I don’t actually have the answers to staying motivated when you work from home. This post is more of an act of procrastination, some random musings while I gear myself up to do something that’s actually on my list. If anything I was sort of hoping that you might read this and then send me some ideas.
*Awkward pause while I wait for the people who are bored already to make their excuses and scrap their chairs*
Today was back to school day.
The summer holidays can be a right pain in the arse when you work from home, and so you’d think that the first day back would be a cause for celebration. You might imagine that by 9am I’d be sat at my desk, smiling, coffee in hand, spewing forth witty and insightful tweets and blog posts.
I am not.
(As you can see).
Instead I quite fancy having a little lie down while I watch 14 episodes of Friends back-to-back and eat a packet of bourbons. It’s tempting, but you have to resist. No good can come of Friends when you work from home. If you’re feeling uninspired, lonely, or bored of the view of your living room wall (all common WAHM symptoms) all Friends will do is remind you that you are not 25, thin, or living in a cool apartment in New York with a bunch of interesting people. In a ‘lie face down on the floor’ kind of mood it is never helpful to be actively reminded of these facts, however obvious they may seem.
‘No Ross and Rachel,’ you must say to yourself, ‘I know that you will end up together and that Julie doesn’t stand a chance really. I don’t have time for this right now.’
Instead you have to at least make the effort to sit upright. Ideally this should not be on your bed (which I am currently doing) as this really doesn’t help with the whole ‘trying to avoid giving up and having a nap’ vibe.
Once you are sat on an actual chair, turn to face a computer or laptop, or at least hold a pen. Holding a pen can create a sense of business in even the most uncommitted of workers.
There, now you are ready. Can’t you feel the enthusiasm and vitality coursing through your veins?
Take a swig of coffee, look yourself sternly in the eyes and let the spewing commence.