3 Killer Motivation Tips for Designers Working at Home

If you’re like me and many other designers I know who work from home, you probably spend hours every day looking at all the cool stuff the internet has to offer. You may have even stumbled upon Fan-Tas-Tic during one of your many daily internet “breaks.” Sometimes all the freedom you have at home can actually de-motivate you, and the lack of structure you have as a freelancer can take a toll on your productivity. If you’re struggling to stay on task as you work from your couch, here are three tips to help you get your head back in the game:

1. Find a balance between the personal and professional

Getting as many freelance gigs as you can means more money in your pocket. Unfortunately, it can also mean more stress if you end up taking on too many projects at once. Part of what’s difficult about working at home can be separating your work and your personal life.

As a freelancer, you don’t have a set 9-to-5 schedule that helps you break up the time you spend on work and the time you spend on activities that aren’t related to work. Because of this, it can be easy to fall into the trap of working until odd, late hours. To avoid burn out, it’s essential that you assess how much work you can truly handle and close your computer at the same, reasonable time every evening.
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2. Take on projects that inspire you

Sure, every once in a while you’ll have to take on humdrum projects to pay the bills. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it should be the norm for you to produce work that doesn’t get you creatively excited. Each month, you can try to seek out a handful of opportunities that you believe will truly challenge and inspire you as a designer. These projects will keep you interested in your career and mentally invigorated. The best and most productive designers are the ones who are doing what they love: designing.
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3. Schedule your day for optimal efficiency

To get the most out of your workday at home, you should be working on some kind of schedule that involves accomplishing a certain number of measurable goals each day. A daily schedule will help you devote an appropriate amount of time to all your tasks, avoid procrastination, and accomplish your goals in a timely fashion.

You don’t necessarily have to rigidly stick to your schedule to benefit from it. A schedule can simply guide you throughout the day to help you make sure you’re staying on the right track. Scheduling in some time for short breaks throughout the day may actually help you stay motivated to stick to your schedule. So, consider penciling in some time for rest and surfing the web too. Just make sure you don’t get too spirited away by the internet.

If working from home’s getting to you and affecting your productivity negatively, consider the tips above, and take a moment every once in a while to truly embrace all the freedom you have as a freelancer!