Keeping Motivated when Working from Home

Working in a 100+ studio managing tens of people is a stark contrast to working from home. I’ve gone from helping other programmers do their job to doing all the programming myself! One of the biggest challenges when working from home is motivation. Here’s some tips that have helped me:

Listen to music while you work

I tend to need to switch it off when working on really hard problems, but the rest of the time it keeps me going.

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Try to get out of the house and get some exercise everyday

Going from Bed > Shower > Study > Couch > Bed every day isn’t healthy. When I worked in a studio, I use to walk to work and go to the gym a few times a week. Make an effort to get out and exercise. It helps clear your head and think/plan as well.

Try to work 8hrs a day, 5 days a week

Work more and you will start to lose motivation and your work will suffer. Less and you won’t be making enough progress and again that can affect motivation. Having a separate study/office helps this, as you spend your time in there working, and shut the door and avoid it after hours.

Have you favourite chat client open most of the day so you can chat to other team members

You’ll need each others help and be able to bounce ideas off each other. One of the main advantages of being a small team is being able to make decisions and try things extremely quickly. You want to make sure the lines of communication are open to take advantage of this.

Have a supportive partner/housemates/friends, preferably gamers

Hopefully they’ll be excited with what you’ve achieved each day and be encouraging. They should be your biggest fans, and what is more motivating than fans?

If you have any of your own working from home tips, feel free to add them in the comment section.

- Paul (@pbaker05)