How to stay motivated and productive while working from home in the new year

Writen by: 
Iveta Petrova

Now that 2022 has arrived, so has the work that awaited us after the holidays. The pandemic is also still a fact, and most of us still work from home. But how do we stay motivated to work, when this can be a really big challenge, especially after the holiday season?
In this article, we will share some tips to increase your productivity while working from home, which help us.

1. Make a to-do list for the day
As cliché as it may sound, compiling a list of the tasks we have can be very helpful. In this way, the work we have to do passes through our consciousness once and it becomes easier to remember. In addition, having your tasks written down somewhere reduces the likelihood of forgetting something important. For better results, we advise you to do it visually and have a clear idea of what and when you need to do.

2. Make a journal
This is similar to the to-do list, but you can also put important meetings, project presentations, deadlines, etc. in the diary. Yes, Google Calendar can do the job for you, but again, when you do it yourself, your responsibilities are remembered by your brain and you will have a memory of the things you need to do. And when everything is clear and structured, things happen without undue stress and you will always be on time.
3. Set small goals and prioritize the more important ones
No doubt you've heard this advice before, but have you applied it to your motivation? Completing a big project is daunting when we don't know where to start. How can you finish something if you don't even know where to start ?! So instead of focusing on a big, scary goal, break down the big goal into ideas that you can master one by one. Divide all your tasks into such small goals that you have to accomplish, not forgetting to prioritize the more urgent ones. This is the formula for success.

4. Create a work environment
When working from home, we may sometimes be tempted to work in bed. After all, this is probably the most comfortable place in our house. But when we associate our bed with work, it can interfere with our sleep. And sleep problems will affect our performance the next day. So, although your bed may seem like a comfortable place, create a workspace somewhere else. A kitchen table or desk in the corner of the living room may be a better alternative to increase your productivity during the workday.

5. Reward yourself
It is no secret that we work best, when we know that there is going to be a reward waiting for us at the end. These awards can be of any nature. For example, tell yourself that you can watch your favorite show if you finish your work by 6 p.m. Or that you can eat your favorite treat as soon as you finish a task. A little incentive can often help us get the job done effectively. And it will help us see what we are actually capable of achieving.

We hope that these tips will be useful to you and you will be able to increase your productivity and motivation to work. Do you have any useful advice on this topic? Let us know.