This is a guest post for the MELD Coworking blog written by Stewart Dunlop.
As the millennials and Gen Z take over the workforce, we see a dramatic change in the way they perceive the idea of a job. They are more focused on results and less interested in spending all day long in an office, wearing formal attire.
As such, the modern professional is no longer bound to an office and strict work hours. They enjoy working remotely (usually from home) and don’t bother dressing up unless it’s for a meeting over VoIP. But more interestingly, they are more set on creativity and want to reach that work-life balance older generations could only dream about.
But this way of working also comes with new challenges. For instance, because the old structures of work life are no longer in effect (a team to drive you forward and a manager to supervise everything nearby), many remote workers suffer from a lack of motivation.
As a result, many freelancers, beginner entrepreneurs, and employee who work from home on a collaboration basis may struggle with meeting deadlines and procrastination.
If you are in this situation, it’s important to know that this step is normal, especially if you’ve just made the change from a regular job to a remote position. Also, there are some things you can do to increase your motivation:
1. Feed Your Passion
Deadlines and milestones will continue to hunt you, even when you’re working as a freelancer. Besides this, you also need to maintain the relationship with customers, find new projects, take care of business, and manage ways to think about your passion in the 5 minutes break you take for coffee.
There will be times when it will seem like you’ve just traded the corporate hamster wheel for a more comfortable one that’s installed in your home.
If you feel this way, there’s no wonder that motivation is lacking, and you feel tired most of the time. So, take a step back and take a broader look at your current situation. Try to remember why you made the change and what you wanted to achieve.
Work is better when you’re passionate about it, but you need to find ways to feed that passion. Look for projects that inspire you and find time in the day to get inspired. This may mean chatting with a friend, visiting a gallery, watching an inspirational movie, reading a book, and more.
2. The Workspace
Just like the way you arrange your home can have an impact on your general mood and well-being, the physical workspace influences your productivity and motivation.
Whether you have a dedicated office, or you work from home, the space should be focused on productivity (the specific design will be different for each person). Furthermore, nowadays the idea of coworking spaces is quite popular.
So, if you need to get out of the house or your favorite coffee shop just got too crowded, now it’s quite easy to rent an office and enjoy the change of scenery. You may also be looking for a professional space for business meetings or for a location where likeminded people get together. The coworking business solves all these problems for the modern employee and entrepreneur.
3. Entrepreneurial Vision
According to Candy Bar, entrepreneurial vision plays an important role in maintaining your motivation and business convictions. But what does this mean?
In plain terms, to be successful, you must understand where you want to go with your new endeavor. Did you just start a business to get out of the 9-to-5 routine, or did you have a dream you thought could become reality?
This vision will evolve in time (which is natural), but it must be strong enough to become the beacon of light that will guide you through times when motivation is low.
4. Work-Life Balance
Many people leap freelancing and entrepreneurship thinking they’ll have more time to themselves and their families. However, without a clear schedule and lots of effort to maintain it, it is incredibly easy to allow work to dominate your life.
So, to keep things going and stay productive and creative, make sure to establish clear lines between work and personal life. Make up a schedule and try to follow it as closely as possible (there can be some rare exceptions).
Of course, the work-life balance is so much more than just defining the line where work stops and family life begins. To stay at the top of your game, you also need to take care of your body and mind by practicing regular physical exercise and mental strength.
We tend to look at motivation as something magic, which once we obtain, can go on supporting us and our dreams forever. But the truth is that our powers of staying motivated and focused are incredibly limited. This is why we need to find ways to increase inspiration and drive commitment to our dreams, as we are the only ones who can make them into reality!