I thought it would be a dream working home from home on my own, but then I realised that I got lonely and it was a little difficult to motivate myself sometimes. At the time not many of my friends worked from hoe and their time zones weren’t very compatible to Skype for company while working (but that works too).
Having a quick morning chat with a friend, mastermind or a work colleague can really lift your mood when working on your own and if that doesn’t work, try some of the things off my list and let me know if any of these worked for you too!
1. Get something completed off your list early
I know that doesn’t sound mood lifting yet, but imagine if you had already been to the gym, had a yoga session or read a book for 45 minutes before starting work? The activity can be enjoyable too. I am reallllllly lazy in the mornings, so in order to get myself awake (which can be quite a disaster) is to get excited and schedule to do something I really enjoy first thing in the morning.
2. Clean your office.
Yes having every drawer sorted and file up to date would be ideal too, but what about just having a good old clean? If you are like me and cleaning is your go-to procrastination technique, perhaps hire someone else to do the main bit (or enlist a family member) so that you aren’t wasting your time feeling great cleaning all day and not actually getting any work done.
3. Go for a swift walk somewhere close by that you enjoy.
I am lucky enough to live by a river and a very large park, which means all year round I love going outside. But even on a busy city street, I find I get quite a vibe (and really enjoy coming back indoors afterwards and appreciate working from home, much more!
4. Get some sun.
As an Aussie, I really take the sun for granted. Now living in the UK I keep getting told by my doctors to go and get some sun. I can’t believe how little sun I get these days, so it really is important for your mood and health to get some good old fashioned vitamin D (of course unless you have been advised against it!)
5. Eat something healthy.
Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries always make me feel amazing and recently some really expensive green powder called Spirulina. I used to love smoothies whilst in Australia, but here in the UK I prefer something warm, so I add these to a small glass of warm oats as a snack and it definitely boosts my mood and energy! I always get a real sugar low when eating lollies and sweets, so as a self-proclaimed lover of chuppa chupps definitely go for the berry options.
6. Listen to a feel-good ebook or music while you work.
I can get through a book a day like this. Sometimes when I’m drawing I just zone out and can pump through my workload and learn something at the same time. Singing loudly makes me really happy too although I can get distracted by wanting to dance. It makes the time fly and I love every second.
7. Buy some flowers or pick some and put them near your desk.
If you have a plant, does it need some food or a bit of a dust, give it some love and care. My desk is slowly being overtaken by flowers and plants. If you don’t have green fingers, maybe update your screensaver or desktop background to something that inspires or lifts your mood right now. An inspirational holiday place or quote could work too.
8. Organise your drawers or shelves.
I am really bad at this, I usually believe that putting it in the drawer IS putting it away, but it is so rewarding and mood lifting when it is so pretty and you can find everything for the first 10 minutes until you need to find something at the bottom of your pencil case (if you still have one like me…)
9. Put an oil burner on or light a nice smelling candle that has a citrus scent or something uplifting.
Uplifting natural oils are: Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Lemon and Lemon Grass are ones I use regularly. Recently Lemon zest is my favourite. It’s so pretty!
10. Redecorate or upgrade some furniture.
Have you been sitting in an old dining chair trying to work like a pro? Do you know how bad this is for your back, posture, breath, your hands and arms if working on a computer. Think about getting yourself a nice beautiful desk with a chair that will welcome you. If you have that, are the walls due for a lift or is there something missing in the room such as proper storage or new piece of equipment that you have been thinking of but haven’t actually gotten to buying yet?
11. Open the blinds and windows.
While you’re at it, schedule a time to clean your windows. Light not only brings good energy with it but reduces energy costs (when not glaring) and naturally wakes us up. It is also a much more inspiring way to work when it is bright and warm and clean. Now get to work!