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6 Tips About How To Source Passive Candidates

If you are a recruiter or works in the staffing industry, I’m sure you know that passive candidates are usually the best candidates. But passive recruiting is often easier said than done. You’ll have[...]

November 13, 2018

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How Remote Workers Can Stay Motivated on the Job

Are you feeling cut off? Starting to feel burned out? Or it could be that you are finding it hard to motivate yourself? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this blog post is for you. We know that remote workers can occasionally have trouble staying on task, so we’ve found some handy tips and tricks for maintaining motivation. Sometimes, the little things in life can help with the big problems.

Looking Forward: Schedules for the Win

If you haven’t already created one, try making a simple schedule to follow for the week. Seeing your tasks laid out in front of you will help you go about them more efficiently: you’ll know you have something to do in the future, which will motivate you to finish your current task quickly. If a week seems too overwhelming at the moment, try planning for the day instead. Keeping an organized schedule is one of the best way to avoid getting distracted - one of the many challenges that come with working remotely. Sometimes, just the act of adding your duties to a planner can bring clarity and focus to your day.

Set Your Goals the SMART Way

Whether creating a weekly schedule or planning for the distant future, setting SMART goals is an effective way to ensure you stay motivated while working at home and avoid getting overwhelmed. SMART goals are:

S - Specific

M - Measurable

A - Attainable

R - Realistic, and

T - Timely

The SMART goal method breaks down your grand plans into bite-sized, achievable tasks. This enables you to set concrete deadlines and reach milestones, all while keeping record of your progress.

To-Do Lists: The Thrill of Ticking Boxes

Sometimes remote work schedules can be rather daunting, both to create and to follow. Try creating a to-do list as another way to stay organized without the hassle of planning every hour of your day or week. It might be a little messier to follow than a set schedule, but it can work great for people who need a little more freedom in their lives.

As they say, there’s an app for that! Apps like Wunderlist make it easy to plan individual tasks for the day or week. Plus, you get the added bonus of checking off the tasks you’ve completed -- don’t get you always get a little thrill from that? In fact, the habit of crossing things off works as a reward, releasing those happy chemicals in your brain and making you want to complete more tasks so you can do it all over again.

A Little Reward Goes a Long Way

As silly as it might seem, rewarding yourself for a job well done can help you stay motivated while working from home for long periods of time. Nothing like a little validation of your skills to make your world a brighter place, right? So go ahead and try out that skatepark you’ve been meaning to visit for a while now, or finally see that museum exhibit you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

If you’re looking to stay on-budget, smaller rewards work great, too. Treat yourself to a drink from your favorite coffee or tea house. You don’t even need to spend money on a reward: Go for a midday walk to decompress after an especially grueling interview/meeting, or enjoy a long soak in the tub as a reward for sitting at your desk and staying focused all week.

But a word to the wise, unless you see the reward as positive feedback on your abilities, be careful not to use rewards too often. If the reward is seen as a controlling force, it can lead to the overjustification effect, where you lose all intrinsic motivation and depend on the rewards to keep you going. You should also change up the pace of when you reward yourself, just to make sure your brain doesn’t get too used to being rewarded. That way, the motivational effect lasts much longer.

Stay Healthy, Stay Motivated

Remote work isn’t always as easy as people make it seem - sometimes it can be quite difficult to stay motivated while working from home. Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to ignite that fire under your butt once again. However, it’s important to note that if any of these issues stem from a bigger problem, you’ll need to address that first. A serious lack of motivation can sometimes be an indicator of an underlying health problem. Don’t be afraid to go talk to a doctor or other healthcare practitioner, since feeling crappy is no help in work or in life.

 

Scott Giroux
Scott Giroux
A long-time innovator with extensive leadership experience, Scott served on the executive team of a leading North American staffing firm prior to joining our team. At Crowdstaffing, Scott leads the company’s global operations and account management team and also drives growth of the talent supplier side of Crowdstaffing’s hiring marketplace. "There is so much untapped potential in our industry I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that is pioneering a connected marketplace for everyone in the hiring ecosystem."
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