I’ve noticed that when I tell people I work for myself from my home office I usually get a tonne of questions about how I stay motivated. Many remark they wouldn’t have the willpower to get their work done and might instead find themselves watching daytime TV or doing tasks around the house.

As well as running this blog, I spend the majority of my time being a freelance social media professional and writer. This means I work for clients managing their social media and various other aspects of digital marketing and also write articles for other clients. (If you want to find out more about what keeps me busy every day then head over to my website.)

Most days working for myself is rewarding, challenging, fun and mentally stimulating. The fact that I really do enjoy it means it’s easy to keep motivated. Well, most of the time. Most days I find myself sitting down at my desk feeling happy and ready to work.

I definitely don’t feel like a #bossbabe every single day though and there are days when I feel like I’d rather do anything else than be at my desk. That happens with every job though and I try not to beat myself up about it when that does happen. I usually allow myself to get my most essential tasks done and then take the rest of the day off. A little time off does wonders for the mind and body!

Here are the tricks I use to stay motivated working from home…

To-do lists 

how to stay motivated working from home
I write a to-do list every single day and highlight things once they’re complete. There’s nothing better than seeing everything on my list highlighted pink by the end of the day!

Plan the night before

how to stay motivated working from home
I like to write my to-do list for the next day before finishing up work for the evening.

This means when I sit down at my desk the next morning I already have a list of tasks waiting for me. It saves me time thinking about what I have to do that day and means I haven’t forgotten about anything from the previous day.

Dedicated workspace 

how to stay motivated working from home
I’m lucky enough to have an entire (rather large!) office in my home and I love having a dedicated space for work. My office has two massive windows that let in loads of light, which is great for my productivity levels.

I have my office set up to help me be productive and get shit done. I don’t have any distractions and I use that room only for working in. I keep my desk (and the entire office) really clean too, so as I have a neat, tidy space to work from. I also have several plants in my office (almost 10 actually!) and find these help me feel alive and ready for work. 

My office is the only place in the house that I will work from, to keep the line between work and home life separate. I like to know that when I leave my office in the evening that I’m done for the day and the rest of the day is completely my own.

Be overly prepared 

how to stay motivated working from home

As a self-employed person I always try to be overly prepared with my workload. For example, the majority of posts on my blog are written and scheduled at least a few weeks in advance and any client work I’m able to complete or schedule ahead of time I always make sure to do at least a week ahead.

This means I don’t need to worry too much if I get sick and can’t work for a few days. Or if something important crops up that I have to complete for a client I don’t have to worry about letting my other workload slip. It also means if I want to take a random day(s) off to go on a trip I can do it without having to complete loads of work whilst I’m away.


how to stay motivated working from home
When all else fails, I tell myself to Just F&$#!^g Do It! I remind myself of my dreams and goals and where I want to be this time next year and in 5 years. This usually motivates me to get moving through my pile of work.

I also remind myself that there’s nobody else to pick up my slack. There’s no other person to do my client work, write my blog posts, update my social media, edit my photos and writing. It’s all down to me, so I’ve just got to get on with it and JFDI! Plus, the sooner you finish your workload the sooner you can finish for the day and relax! Perfect!

Do you have any tips to share on how to stay motivated working from home?