This is a GREAT topic for me to write about today! Yup, I’m late getting this post out! I have been running The Location Independent Lifestyle Series blog posts every Monday, and here it is Monday at 5:22 PM and I don’t have my blog post for the day!!! Why? Because I’m feeling unmotivated – that’s why!
This is the part where I make some excuses: yes, its been a VERY busy week – what with driving over 2000 miles to get Brian back to Illinois for his final Eagle Scout Board of Review (YAYYYYYY he’s an Eagle Scout now!!). Then when I got back to the RV – which by now hubby had driven from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Dallas, Texas, we needed to do laundry and grocery shop and get back into the homeschooling swing and visit friends and relatives in this area – yadda yadda yadda. You get the idea!
Anyways, here I am! And today we are going to talk about ways to stay motivated while working at home. After all, you have NO BOSS (booyah!!!) and no co-workers to be accountable to. The only one you need to impress is YOU! Now, if you’re anything like me, you like you just fine just the way you are, whether you are hanging out in your jammies or dressed for success. Which brings us to our first tip:
- Get Dressed!: Every single morning, without fail. Dress for success. Most days to me that might mean a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, although some days I really feel like going all out and putting on an actual shirt with buttons, just because I need to feel good that day. Whatever works best for you – just remember, NO JAMMIES ALLOWED!
- Wake Up At The Same Time Each Day: Just like when you went into the office, set an alarm and wake up at the same time each day. Think of all the extra work you can get done because you don’t have to waste time driving to the office!
- Begin Your Day Early: No sleeping in until noon. I know I know, who’s gonna know, right? Set that coffee pot to start brewing at 6 AM and get your butt outta bed!! Of course, I’m a morning person anyways, so this one is easy for me! (Except today. It’s 5:36 PM and I’m just now working. Oops! 🙂
- Carve Out A Dedicated Working Area: If, like me, you are working from your RV, this might not be the easiest thing to do. My work area has become the dining room table (I’m begging Hubby to rearrange furniture in here so I can have a desk – so far no luck!). So for now I put my pillow under my butt because the table is too high, and I get to work.
- Be Organized: Planning your work week is a great way to stay motivated, whether it be using a calendar or a planner. One thing that works great for me is lists. There’s something psychological for me when I finish an item on my list and get to make a big fat check mark next to it to indicate that it’s finished. I don’t know why, but this make me very giddy, and then motivates me to continue on down the list. Yea, I’m weird.
- Don’t Forget Downtime: After all, we went on this journey to see America, not to be stuck working all day long in our RV! Hubby and I just had this discussion today – we left at about 3:00 to go drive around and see the lake that’s nearby us that our local friends love to go fishing at. It was good to get out for a couple of hours, take a walk around the lake and breathe in some fresh air!
- Do What You Love: After all, if you do what you truly love, you’ll never “work” a day in your life!
- Remember How Lucky You Are: Be grateful that you have been given this opportunity to have a location independent lifestyle. Not many people are as lucky as you! I can’t tell you how many friends and relatives have said to me, “I’m totally jealous of you guys. I wish I could do what you’re doing.” Yup, we’re pretty blessed…