How to Work from Home and Stay Motivated?

Are you a Fashion Blogger, blogging in isolation? Feeling demotivated at times working from home all by yourself?

Remember you are not alone. I am a blogger like you and there are many like us. Read this post for some blogging tips on how to work from home without feeling dull and unenthusiastic.

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I have been contemplating to write this post as a part of my blogging tips series for a long time. The reason why I postponed publishing it until today is not laziness. It’s because I wanted to know how it feels like working from home first hand and gain enough experience before starting to type a post about it. I have worked from home before as a freelancer but that often required me to be on-site for work and be constantly in touch with my clients. It was never like working in isolation with just me and my computer in a room.

It wasn’t too long ago when I used to be extremely envious of all the professionals who work from home (that includes my husband Pankaj as well!) Now that I am working full time on my blog from home, turns out it is not all that glam and glitter.

Yes, the perks can be great. You can work in your PJs and have the luxury of flexible timings, but hell, it can really be demotivating at times.

It’s been nearly 5 months since I left my full-time job (God! was it that long already!) and staying at home the whole day in front of the computer drives me nuts most often than not. More so because this is the first time I am treating my blog as a true business. All these while it was more of a hobby.

Today I am sharing my go-to blogging tips to stay motivated while working or blogging from home.

#Take Weekends Off

It is easy to completely forget about date and time while working from home. It happens to me for sure. I loose track of weekdays and weekends while trying to meet my goals. It helps planning your work in a way that allows you to take the Saturdays and Sundays off as you would do if you were working on a day job. Plus it keeps you sane, trust me!

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#Dress Up to Work

Working in your PJs may sound like the best deal while working from home but with time it can really be a mood spoiler. There is a reason why there are dress codes in offices. It’s for the much needed discipline. Try dressing up a bit before you sit on your work space. It may not be full-fledged office wear, but something decent that you wouldn’t mind people seeing you in. Put on some make up if you like. Not only is dressing up quite energizing, it can seriously get you into the mood of real professional work environment.

#Make Smaller Daily Goals

If you are working on a fashion blog and you are new to it, you are probably overwhelmed with your goals already. Plus, you are probably the only one working on it all by yourself without much help. Divide your list into smaller attainable daily goals. That ways every morning you’d have a to-do list and a direction to work on. Also, you will never feel like you have achieved nothing by the weekend because you have surely met most of your daily goals and objectives.

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#Create a Professional Work Space

I have already shared a post on some ideas and inspirations to put together a creative workplaces within a room for those who work or blog from home. It’s not only motivating but also very refreshing to have a designated work area where all your belongings are at arm’s reach. It almost feels like an office desk and if you dress up a bit too, it feels like going to an office to work.

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#Get Out Once in a While

Difficult as it may sound but getting out of the house is extremely important for professionals who work from home. I am not just talking about going out for client meets or blogger meets here. I mean working from some place else, like a coffee shop over a bite. Though I personally do not get the opportunity to work out of a coffee shop, I do get out of the house for our blog photo shoots, which can very well be considered a part of my work process where I am not sitting on my desk all day long. Getting out once in a while and working in a different atmosphere not only brings in the much needed change, you might just bump across a prospective client, a blogger friend or a potential investor for your business! 😉

For now these are  some of the tips I try to follow so that I can work from home without turning into a total psycho! If I discover any new point, I will be updating this post for sure. Hope you find my blogging tips useful. If you have any of your own tips than please share in the comment section below!

It’s weekend and I wasn’t suppose to be working as per my own rules! But worry not, this post was on auto-schedule!! 🙂

25 Responses
  • Elise Ay
    November 14, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing these. It sounds really helpful!
    Although I have a day job, I often feel demotivated even frustrated blogging on my own and not have much progress.
    Maybe I should take it slower al little bit 😉


    • Sarmistha Goswami
      December 1, 2016

      Glad you found the tips useful. Going slow once in a while really helps in the world of blogging I guess 🙂

  • Anonymous
    November 26, 2016

    thanks for sharing!

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      December 1, 2016

      You are welcome! Hope you found the tips useful 🙂

  • pongkhi pegu
    December 16, 2016

    Thank you so much for the tips.. It will certainly help me.much love.

    • Sarmistha Goswami
      December 19, 2016

      You are welcome Pongkhi and hope you can put some of these tips to use. They help me a lot. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • carefreespiritfairy
    November 14, 2017

    Thank you so much for putting up this post. I really needed the reminders

  • Criddlemethis
    November 14, 2017

    Great post, it’s so important to give yourself time off and to make a special working space!

  • Anoop
    November 29, 2017

    This is something that I needed. Often working from the professionalism and enthusiasm dries out over time.

  • Sarah
    November 29, 2017

    I agree, for me it’s so important to get up have a shower, get myself dressed for the day. If I sit around in my trackies I have very little motivation

  • Anna
    November 29, 2017

    At the moment I’m “working” (blogging) from home because I’m a stay-at-home Mom with my 20 months old. But before he was born I actually hated working from home, I almost never did any real work from home, because there was always something else to do (like do the laundry, oh then there is that broken something that needs to be fixing and then I have to pay those bills etc etc.). My preference is a good cafe or co-working spaces (those are really inspiring and also providing you the opportunity to meet like minded people and future clients).

  • jhilmil
    November 30, 2017

    Loved this post, dressing up little bit instead of sitting in Pyjama’s can really make a difference to the feel of WFH. we do need to make goals and ensure weekends off with family.

  • Rachel
    November 30, 2017

    I find I go through waves of motivation and then quieter periods. During the peaks, I try and make healthy blogging habits so when I’m feeling less motivated its easier to ‘stick’ to the routine. (In a loose kind of way.) I think doing something you love really helps!

  • Sharon Koenig
    November 30, 2017

    It’s ridiculous how true it is about what outfit you wear when you go to work. I’ve found that I should even wear at least light makeup to feel my best. Even though I know nobody’s here watching me, I feel better about myself!

  • Belinda
    November 30, 2017

    This post came at the right time. I’m planning to be a full time blogger so I’ll add the tips to my to read list

  • Eloise
    December 1, 2017

    these are all amazing tips to not only staying motivated but also staying sane! I have made it more of a priority to get out more so I’m not cooped up inside on my computer all the live long day loosing my mind! I would like more room for my work environment so it would feel more professional… I like too dress up even though I’m home too! work better that way!

  • All Day Inspiration
    December 1, 2017

    thanks for this article. I really work at home and sometimes I feel like I’m no longer motivated. I needed a wake up.

  • Mayuri Saxena
    December 1, 2017

    Making smaller daily goals helps a lot in organizing my entire day. These are some amazing tips as I work from home and these are quite helpful to be motivated! 🙂

  • Claire
    December 1, 2017

    Dressing up sounds like a good idea. I love setting daily goals and creating a professional work space! These two really helped me a lot, but I love all the tips you shared here.

  • sveeteskapes
    December 1, 2017

    This is such a great list of things to do for work from home moms! I completely agree as I am one and I pretty much follow all of these myself, except dress up for work which i have been meaning to do for so long but with a little human at home it becomes so hard. xx, Kusum |

  • fashionandstylepolice
    December 1, 2017

    Love the tips here. I work from home and I find it hard some days. I try to get out every day and take regular breaks.

  • toastycritic
    December 1, 2017

    I’m not where you are at, but it’s definitely my goal in the long run. Trying to get my blog to be able to make that kind of money. And I can understand how it would be difficult to motivate yourself sometimes working at home.

  • Blair Villanueva
    December 2, 2017

    Yeah i understand what you mean. Working at home is awesone makes you productive but not everyday. There are times I did nothing but sleep, lol. And there are days I worked like carabao all day and night because the writing-juice is flowing!

  • MinhNguyen
    December 2, 2017

    Great tips! Really helpful to me. Having a workspace to focus on is what I really need.

    December 2, 2017

    My blog is not my business or full time job but I definetly find these tips helpful because I can then apply them on my weekends. Just what I wanted to read today 🙂