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Losing Motivation Whilst Working From Home? Expert Reveals Tips for Getting Your Mojo Back

Dr Giuseppe Aragona

With the weather being pretty miserable and most people still working from home, this can leave us to feel demotivated and uninspired when it comes to our job. Without the buzz of the office and colleagues to chat to, many people notice that they become less productive and may even start to question their career choice.

However, there are a few things you can do to help productivity levels and ensure that you make the most of your working days, so you feel back on track. Here Dr Giuseppe Aragona, GP and online doctor for Prescription Doctor reveals his tips for getting your work mojo back.

Take some time away from your desk

The reason many people lose motivation is because they’re tied to their desks, and don’t have any time to think outside the box or reassess. This is quite apparent when working from home. When you’re in the office, you are making coffee for people, chatting to colleagues, attending real-time meetings and having mini-breaks throughout the day, which is important to keep you feeling on top of your game. When working from home, this is all taken away and you may end up at your desk with little or no breaks, so make sure you take regular trips away from your desk is imperative, whether that be a daytime walk, workout, lunch break, or tea breaks taking yourself away from your screen, which should increase productivity.

Work from a public place

Now things are back open to an extent, I would advise working from a public place a few times a week, whether that’s a café, co-workspace or a library. This is important because you will be around other people and the hustle and bustle, and this will trick the mind into thinking your back in the office. If a person is working in a space surrounded by other people, this usually makes them more productive. It will also do your mental health world of good, getting out, seeing and speaking to other people.

Increase physical activity

Ensuring you break up office hours with exercise is important. Keeping the body healthy and the blood pumping will have a positive impact on your mind, therefore, improving concentration at work. If you can’t find time at lunch, try and fit in a workout in the morning, evening or go for a nice long walk after work.

Have a working structure in place

Having a routine is imperative when working from home – you may find that your mind is all over the place from not having a proper structure. Start your day at the same time every day, ensure you allow time for yourself in the morning to have coffee and breakfast. Regular breaks throughout the day are also important, even a lunchtime walk may help productivity.

Fall back in love with your job

If you are losing your mojo with the job at hand, try to remember what made you choose this career path. You may want to join forums or speaking events to help you remember why you are in this field, and help you to regain that drive. There are usually plenty of work events or business lunches to join, network, and attend.

Get outside regularly

Getting fresh air is integral for not only your physical health but also your mental health. Whether it’s a run, a walk or meeting a friend for a coffee in the park, ensuring you get fresh air into your lungs daily will keep your mind free from stress, and this will help you work with a clear head.

Meet your colleagues 

The office may not be open, but you can still meet with work colleagues for drinks on a Friday or for lunch on certain days of the week. Meeting with those you work with that you only see on a screen will help you reconnect with them and your role. Face to face contact will help boost your work relationships and remind you why you chose this job. Perhaps organise weekly work drinks on a Friday so you can keep that social element of your job alive. 

Mirela Sula is the CEO and Founder of Global Woman Magazine and Global Woman Club. Mirela has worked in media and education for the last 20 years and has a speaking experience from all around the world. Her background is in psychology and counseling, journalism, teaching, coaching, women’s rights, and media training. Mirela is also the organiser of the Global Woman Summit and Global Woman Awards. She has appeared on Channel 5, London Live TV, BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, Sky TV and has also been featured in the 'Evening Standard', 'The Guardian', “Marie Claire” etc. She is best selling author and has helped more than 100 women to publish their books. It was in 2014 Mirela created Migrant Woman Talks, a platform for women to share their stories and experience of life in a new country. By the end of 2019 Mirela had created more than 25 Global Woman Clubs for women all over the world, and she has helped hundreds of women to unlock their potential, start their business and take it Global! Mirela has received many awards for her work, including the ‘Inspirational Award for Women 2015’ for Human Rights, the ‘Best Up-And-Coming Inspirational Influencer’ Award from The Best You, in 2017 and the Universum Donna Award 2017 from the Universum Academy of Switzerland. Mirela is passionate about empowering women worldwide and always stands up for inclusion, diversity, gender balance and supporting the next generation. Her mission is to create a global movement to improve the future for women, by economically empowering each woman.

Founder of Global Woman