how do I motivate myself to work from home?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes:

Since starting to work from home full-time, I’m finding it extremely hard in the mornings to just start working. I struggled with this in the office, but the physicality of being in the office and the presence of other coworkers usually kicked my butt into gear.

It’s just not the same at home. I find that I’ll get up just in time for our morning check-ins at 9 am, but then once those are over I struggle with just … working. I want to be like the person who outworks their other coworkers, I really do! I just can’t seem to find the focus within to do it. I don’t have a problem completing my tasks on time, it’s more just getting started on them.

It feels like there’s a giant wall that I have to climb to even get started – I’m trying to reframe it as “diving in” instead of “climbing a wall” since that seems easier in my mind. But it’s not working. Do you have any tips about getting down to work in the mornings and just focusing through the day?

I think a lot of people are running into this right now — in part because of how stressed and distracted people are, but in part just because adjusting to working from home is tougher than we often acknowledge. Readers, what’s your advice?

how do I motivate myself to work from home? was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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