You did it.
You’re one of the few, totally awesome people that have managed to make it happen!
What am I talking about?
You work from home!
You started a blog or online business, it’s making money (even just a little bit) and now you get to work from home doing what you were born to do.
I’m like you.
One of the few that worked my tail off to get to this point.
And I love it. I love being able to get paid to write, to create fun and inspiring content and to help others grow their business.
But it’s also really hard.
Entrepreneurship has a dark side to be sure. And being the primary caretaker of two kids under four while running an online business is no easy task…
Maybe you’re a mompreneur too. If so, I’m giving you a virtual high-five sister.
I know the struggle.
Taking care of kids while trying to stay motivated as a woman with dreams and goals of owning a thriving online business encompasses a rollercoaster of emotions.
So how can we keep our spirits high and keep moving forward?
I’ve found a few that have been really helpful for maintaining my sanity as a mom and online business owner and Anna was awesome enough to let me share them here on the blog.
3 Ways to Stay Motivated When Working from Home
1. Get Dressed
I am 100% a cotton t-shirt and yoga pants kinda mom.
With a baby that’s still nursing and a toddler that still sees me as his walking, talking napkin, I like to keep myself comfortable and in clothes that when guaranteed to get ruined at some point during the day are happy to volunteer for the job.
But when I really need to buckle in and get to work, I like to ditch the comfort of my yoga pants and change into jeans and slip on a pair of real shoes.
It’s a small thing, but it’s a brain hack that helps me get into work mode more easily.
2. Keep a Journal of Wins
This is something that I started a few months ago and it’s been worth it.
My Journal of Wins is a notebook where I jot down all the positive things that happened to me during the day.
I’ll be honest – most days are rough.
Something always seems to go wrong when I need to get something important done. And it’s easy for that frustration to drag me down.
I’ll also write things down like, “I know I feel like giving up, but one year from today I’ll look back and say ‘Thank God I didn’t. Now look where I am.’”
Keeping a little journal where I can jot down a few sentences about how to turn the bad into something good is majorly helpful at keeping my motivation level high.
Plus, in a year or so, I can look back at life and read about only the good that came from that year. How’s that for a happiness hack?
3. Find a Tribe of People Who ‘Get It’
Yeah, you read that right.
I don’t mean that you should go out and join a cult or anything crazy like that.
By tribe, I really just mean finding a small group of like-minded people who can help and who will support your goals as an online business owner. People that know what you’re going through, who have been through it and who will cheer you on.
In most cases, you can find these folks in a mastermind group. The beauty of groups like these, is when you’ve brought together a group of similar people, there is a sort of magic that happens.
For example, a couple months ago, I was searching for my tribe — a group of entrepreneurial moms who understood my pain and struggle of wanting to build a sustainable online business that would make my family’s life better, while still allowing me to be the primary caretaker.
I couldn’t find it.
I was pretty bummed and I started whining about it to my friend, Gina Horkey. And — genius that she is — she uttered these words:
Why don’t we just start our own?
So that’s exactly what we did. We created the Mamapreneur Mastermind — a premium mastermind group full of women and moms who ‘get it.’ Women who know our struggles.
It’s been a real treat getting to know all of these women and sharing our goals, struggles and wins. Most people don’t understand what it’s like to work from home online while taking care of kiddos, but these gals totally get it!
There’s nothing quite like being in touch with people cut out of the same cloth. We all bring something to the table and work together to keep each other going.
If you find a group of people who can do this for you, then you’re motivation level is sure to remain high.
Can’t find the perfect group? Stop by the Mamapreneur Mastermind. We just might be the tribe you’ve been looking for.
Wrapping it up
Working from home with kids or other house duties can be challenging.
Finding your productivity sweet spot and maintaining a high level of motivation when you’re working alone in the comfort of your home can be tough.
But with some self-discipline and encouragement from the right people, hitting your stride or getting your working groove back at home doesn’t have to be such a struggle.
What have you found that helps you stay motivated when working from home? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Ariel Rule runs a diverse web based business and is a freelance writer and social media manager for hire. When she's not doing work for her clients or writing on her blog Freelance Freedom Fighter, you can find her sipping on coffee and chasing her crazy boys around the house. Connect with her on Twitter and Pinterest.