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Developing self-motivation is something you may not have thought about before you started to work from home. Most work and life structures have been set up to provide motivation from an outside source.

For example, if you work at a job outside the home, instant motivation would be provided by the fact that you are working in a monitored environment where there is not much other to do than work. And so you work.

When you go to school, instant motivation is provided by a teacher who checks to make sure you have done your assignments.

But when you work from home, you don’t have an instant motivation source on tap. In fact, if you have your own business, it may be time to learn a whole new set of skills you haven’t used previously.

The good news is that self-motivation can be learned. It’s not something that will come naturally to all of us, but with a little work and time you can develop it. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Be strict with yourself. Set a work schedule which means when you sit down to work you are working. Be firm with yourself and don’t get distracted by any other activities. If it helps, set a timer to ring once your work time is finished. It’s also important to try and work at the same time each day so that you can form a work pattern where both your body and mind are prepared to work.
  2. Finish one thing before moving on. Ideas and creativity are the fun part of running a business but the other more mundane tasks need to get done as well. If you start a new project, see it through and don’t stray from it. Avoid the lure to move on to another more exciting project. This can lead to you taking on too many things at one time and not completing anything to its full potential.
  3. Know what you want. It’s difficult to develop self-motivation and direction if you’re unsure about what you’re working towards. The first step for any business should be to write out a clear business plan and goal plan on paper. This is your new business map and will serve to keep you on course and moving in the right direction.
  4. Reward yourself. It’s easy to let our smaller achievements go unnoticed. But keep in mind that starting a running a business is a big achievement on its own. Take a little time to reward yourself for a job well done. If you finish a big project, treat yourself a meal out or that new book you’ve been looking forward to.

Small rewards can lead to increased motivation by giving us something to look forward to and strive towards.

If you’re lacking a little direction or self-motivation, don’t beat yourself up. Take comfort in the fact that it may not be something you’ve had the chance to develop previously. And use the tips above to start instilling a pattern of motivation in your mind.

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