I’m sure anyone who works online would tell you they have had their moments of complete loss of concentration and motivation. There are days where you simply don’t want to get out of bed and you’re not in the mood to go to work, even though work may only be a few feet from your bed. I can’t even tell you how many times I have woken up and not wanted to roll over and get up because I didn’t want to deal with work.
It can become very easy to not want to work when you know you don’t technically have to (depending on how you have your business set up). Thinking “Oh, I can just do that later” or “I’ll put that off until tomorrow” is very easy but if you get into the habit it could cost you online relationships and clients.
Even though working online isn’t the same as a typical 9 to 5 job, it’s still important to stay professional. Just because you can’t technically get fired while being self-employed, if you lose your reliability, less people are going to want you to work for them and this could ruin your reputation.
So, how do you avoid these situations and stay motivated and on track? I personally think it’s very important to write out a daily schedule. Figure out what you have to do, when you need to be done. If you need to actually write out lunch and break times for yourself, go ahead because it will remind you of your previous jobs; causing you to take your work more seriously. I always try to write out things in order of importance or in order of difficulty. Getting the tough projects done first allows you to relax the rest of the day. My favorite thing to do is work on forums, so I always get the articles and blogs I have to do out of the way early on because they take longer and require research much of the time. Once I get to the forums, I’m excited; getting a boost of energy. Forums don’t feel like a job for me. They’re something I’ve always enjoyed doing and it still amazes me to this day that I can get paid to write on them.
If the schedule still isn’t enough, think about the past. Think of the jobs you’ve had and what you don’t want to go back to. Picture yourself working there again. Remind yourself how lucky you are to get to sit at home all day and work at your own leisure. Do you really want to mess this up and have to go back to working somewhere more confining? I’m sure being your own boss is going to be a lot more fun than having to be bossed around by someone else. Do you want to have to go back to having to work certain hours or do you want to continue selecting when you want to work? Didn’t think so.