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Maintaining Motivation When Working From Home

June 28th, 2013

As an Independent Sales Rep working from home you have many fortuitous advantages the average 9-5 worker does not. You get to be your own boss, sleep in a little longer and answer to no one but yourself. You don’t have to deal with office politics, coffee-breathed co-workers, micromanaging or long commutes during rush hour. More and more businesses are going virtual, and technology has afforded you the ability to connect with online conferencing, websites, & databases allowing you to stay in touch with clients wherever you are. While the advantages of working from home are great, it’s easy to occasionally feel isolated and lose motivation. You miss out on office friendships/interactions and have no one to track your success and it’s easy to become distracted.

 

• Remind Yourself Why You Chose To Work From Home


Whether it was the compelling vision of freedom, the money, a desire to escape the rigors of the corporate world, or simply the convenience, take the time to rekindle those feelings and find the passion that led you to working from home in the first place. Remember the excitement mixed with trepidation when you started and allow yourself to appreciate where you are now.

 

• Designate A Work Space


As appealing as working from bed, or attempting to multitask while watching re-runs of Sportcenter in the living room sounds, failing to designate a space as a defined office will stifle your productivity significantly. Focus on eliminating distractions and commit to developing habits that produce consistency. At the same time, don’t neglect the freedoms that come with your unique position and allow yourself to escape the house occasionally by working in a coffee shop, library, or park and you may be surprised by how productive and efficient you are outside the home. Everyone needs a change of scenery from time to time and the diversity gives you a unique way to regain your focus.

 

• Set goals and Reward Yourself For Productivity


Your goals don’t have to be lofty or unrealistic, but they need to be established. Whether it’s adding one more shipment a week, or securing 10 new clients, display your goals in a place where you can reflect upon them throughout the day. Try setting process driven goals and allow the results to become your reward. As an ISR you know if you don’t work, you don’t get compensated. Salaried employees rarely have the same connection mentally as someone self employed so it’s important to develop a strong mental association between your time and money in order to keep motivated throughout the day. Finally have fun setting your goals, use your imagination and allow yourself to think outside the box by setting up rewards for when you accomplish a benchmark. Keep track of your success and reflect on it during the tough days.

• Seek The Motivation Of Others


It’s easy to get burnt out while sitting in front of a computer all day and taking/making phone calls can certainly become tedious. Allow some time to decompress and develop friendships with others in the industry. Take advantage of the technology afforded to you and join discussion groups, motivational conference calls, and attend industry events. Find a mentor and rely on the advice of successful people and use that to inspire you. People are motivated when they are enjoying their work, producing and learning so be deliberate in your goal setting.

 

• Find Out Where You Work Best


Enjoy the benefits of working from home and allow the freedom to empower and encourage you. Be cognizant of what motivates you and take note of your success so you can come back and duplicate it. Don’t be afraid to step back and take a break. Use your situation as an advantage, not a crutch. It’s easy to get lost in your work as you don’t have designated break times and traditional hours. Finally; take the time to embrace your opportunity and commit to a system that benefits you and what you need to accomplish.

Posted on June 28th, 2013 in Freight Agent Broker, Freight Logistics, RFX News, Trucking Industry, Uncategorized