How to stay motivated working from home during a hot summer
As I am writing this post, it’s 31° C outside. That’s 87.8° F. And that’s pretty damn frakking hot. My boyfriend and I went to the beach in hopes of taking a short swim in the sea, but that didn’t work out.
First, the sand was scorching hot, then the sea was freezing cold! Our ankles were hurting from the coldness. So, instead of swimming (well, “swimming” – I can’t even swim), we just stood in the sea for a few minutes, and went home.
At least, on the way to the beach, we saw a lizard and a huuuuge red caterpillar. I wanted to take it home, but my boyfriend was not a fan of that idea.
Okay, that’s enough of a “backstory”. I am probably overheating and my brain does not want to focus on writing. So, the question is,
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED TO WORK DURING A HOT SUMMER’S DAY?
The answer is simple – you don’t. You see, before we dive into the actual tips and tricks (that are not really tricks – there are no secrets here), we need to define what MOTIVATION really is.
When people refer to motivation, they usually mean being enthusiastic, inspired, and eager to start doing something.
TWO TYPES OF MOTIVATION
You need to understand that those feelings do not come out of nowhere. There’s two types of motivation – intrinsic and extrinsic.
What people usually refer to motivation is usually intrinsic (internal) motivation – doing something just for the sake of personal enjoyment and the benefits of the work itself.
Think of playing a game because you find it fun, not because you want to get on the top of the leaderboards.
The extrinsic (external) motivation is doing something for the sake of gaining pleasure or avoiding pain.
We are all REALLY familiar with this type of motivation. For example, studying hard in order to get a good grade on the exam.
HOW TO USE THESE TWO TYPES OF MOTIVATION
Now that you understand what they are, you can trick your brain into working.
For example, I am now using a mobile app called Writeometer. It logs the words per hour number and can also reward me for writing using Guavas – that I can later use to “purchase” small rewards for myself, like eating a cookie.
Can you see how it uses both internal and external motivation?
You can set up a system like this for yourself, as well. For example, you can track your progress on something and reward yourself for doing the work needed.
WHERE DOES THE HOT SUMMER’S DAY COME IN?
Now that you know how to use both kinds of motivation, you can use this for motivating yourself to work while literally melting, as well.
As long as you are reasonably comfortable, such as sitting butt-naked in your chair with a nice cold drink by your side, you can do anything! I believe in you!
Here’s some neat tips you can use to survive working from home in summer:
FOCUS ON YOUR VISION
Whatever you do, always focus on your WHY, your vision, your goal. I talk about this in my post on the personality traits of successful service-based entrepreneurs.
The reason why this is important, is that you will motivate yourself intrinsically if you remember the reason why you actually started this business.
WORK ONLY ON EXCITING TASKS
I believe that having a business should be fun and exciting every day. But, when it’s scorching hot outside and inside, it’s really hard to focus on anything important.
Therefore, try to delegate as many tasks as possible to someone else, like a virtual assistant. Or, get rid of unimportant tasks at all.
WORK DURING THE COOLER HOURS OF THE DAY
If you wake up early in the morning to work on your daily business tasks, the rest of your day will probably be more productive, too. Also, you will take advantage of the coolest part of the day, which means you will not sweat as much.
And when all of the work is done, you can spend the rest of the day being with your family or sunbathing at the beaaaach!
MAKE A SCHEDULE AND STICK TO IT
This one isn’t so exciting, isn’t it? I told you, there are no secrets here. This relates to one of the successful entrepreneur traits – discipline.
Do you want to be successful? Well, you gotta show up and do the work every day. I know that this does not sound like something a chill sprout would say, but work does not necessarily mean hustle.
As long as your business is exciting to YOU and you believe that you can be successful, you will not have any trouble showing up.
So there you go, my favorite tips and tricks for staying motivated to work from home during summer as a service-based entrepreneur.
Did you find these useful? Are you going to implement any of these tips? Let me know!
Hi! I’m Cornelia.