Working from home can sound like a dream come true. You get to choose your own work hours and take breaks whenever you want while wearing your pyjamas all day. However, treating your work office at home like a vacation can quickly lead to procrastination. Not only do you need to stay organised amid your laundry and dishes, you also need to harvest motivation in a place where distractions are ultimately a battle.

Don’t worry, we’ll help you get organised and inspired. It’s time to take back your work/home relationship.

Find out what motivates you

Write a list of what makes you happy and motivated in your work space. Is it a family portrait by your desk, a cup of tea in the morning or having that “to-do” list ready? These motivational tips are key to succeeding at working from home. Do you find that you lack motivation and inspiration around the home office? It might be time to shake up your work routine, reorganise and dig deep to find out what you need to become motivated.

Separate home from work

Creating a distinction between your work hours and your home life can be done in many ways. For instance, your office should only be used during work hours, take designated breaks, wear a uniform during work hours (after all, when has anyone gotten work done in their pyjamas anyway). Separating your work from home also means you can’t just start doing housework, these have to done outside work hours.

Create rules

Rules and schedules are necessary in order to achieve progress and momentum. Rules not only make it easier to plan a work day, but also give you incentives if they are followed. By setting yourself strict rules, you also risk having to face the consequences if you break them. However, don’t be unrealistic and make rules you know you won’t break as these have little purpose in the long run.

Take regular breaks

Just like in any work environment, it is important to take regular breaks away from the desk. While this might seem self-explanatory, there is no denying the benefits of regular breaks. Working at home, you have a better opportunity to relax and disconnect from work compared to people working in an office. Set off an alarm clock or download a handy app, such as 30/30, that alerts you of your break time.

Get inspired

Need inspiration for your office setting at home? There are lots of places to go and get inspired. Check out Pinterest for some beautiful office layouts and creative ideas. Search though these great tips for organisation. Stop by your local IKEA shop to see what you’ll need to stock up on.

All that can stop you is your imagination.