With the coronavirus pandemic forcing professionals to work from home for the past year, many have struggled to stay motivated during this time.

While being self-employed is often seen as a dream, being your own boss and setting your own hours, the reality of it is that staying motivated can often come with its struggles. Particularly in this current time, with the lack of separation between your work and your personal space, coupled with the fact there’s no boss you need to report back to, it can often be a challenge to keep yourself motivated.

For those self-employed, struggling to stay motivated while working remotely – fear not! Here we explore some top tips, including some from Lending Expert, on how to push through distractions and work from home like a boss.

Come Up With a Business Plan and Follow It

When running your own business, it’s important to have some goals set out for where you’d like your work to be in the future – whether this in a year’s time or 6 months etc. Knowing exactly where you want your business to be after a set period of time, and setting a plan for how to get there, helps to keep yourself motivated and driven to follow that set plan, with your aspirations laid out to you in a clear and organised way to follow.

Make a List of Priorities and Keep Yourself Incentivised

It might also be good to make a list of daily priorities, detailing all of the tasks you want to get done that day and make sure these are all completed above anything else. With no one else telling you to do the more tedious aspects of your job, it can be easy to procrastinate these for later, when really they can often need prioritising above more enjoyable tasks.

Lending Expert suggests that incentivising yourself to complete certain projects can also help to keep you motivated, stating that “Sometimes, you need an incentive to stay motivated. Think of something that will motivate you to work harder – perhaps a treat upon completion of a project, or a glass of wine at the end of the day if you manage to finish everything on your list by 5pm. Whatever incentive you choose, reward your small victories to keep you motivated towards your larger goals.”

Create a Routine and Stick to It

Creating a routine that works best for you and sticking to this can do wonders for helping you stay motivated while working from home.

Find out what works for you, what kind of start to the day helps you to keep energised, and follow this routine to help bring some consistency to your working days.

It can also help to figure out your optimal hours for working too – for example, if you’re more of a morning person, setting your 9-5 a little earlier on in the day may help you get the most out of your productive morning energy.

On the other hand, if you feel you’re more of a night owl when it comes to work, setting your hours back a bit to when you find it easier to work can also help you to keep engaged and make the most out of the times you feel at your most productive and focused.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.