If you work from a home office, that often means that you’re working alone. While energy slumps can hit anyone during the work day, when you’re self employed it can be harder to get past those slumps. Why?
- You don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder.
- There’s no one else around to report you for “slacking off.”
- There are plenty of home office distractions that can seem more appealing than getting back to work.
It’s easy to get caught up in distractions and a lack of energy from time to time, but there are several things you can do when you work from home to help restore your energy and productivity:
- Take a ten minute walk.
- Have a healthy snack.
- Take a brief nap.
- Move on to another task if your slump is project-induced, and come back to it later.
- Write up a to-do list or schedule: not only will that give you a change of activities, but it will help you put what needs to be done into better perspective time-wise, which can be motivational in itself.
If your home office energy slumps are more than just occasional or during a specific time of the day, make sure that you’re not burning yourself out by constantly overworking. Remember, it’s a good idea to take regular time off and it’s smart to stop working at a reasonable hour each day. The more you take care of yourself, the more motivated you’ll be, and the more productively you’ll be able to work during your working hours.
How do you get past energy slumps while working from home? Share your tips in the comments.
This post was originally published on October 8, 2007. It was updated and republished on its currently-listed publication date.