How To Stay Motivated When Working Alone

Updated on January 30, 2020
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If you’re launching your own small business, the chances are that you’re probably going to spend a decent amount of time flying solo — at least until you get up and running.

Working alone can be great, but it’s also littered with the occupational equivalent of landmines. It’s easy to get wrapped up in distractions or find yourself unmotivated. So how can you stay on track when there’s no-one peeking over your shoulder to make sure that you meet those deadlines?

Being your own boss is an art-form and it requires a good measure of self-discipline. You’ll have to be your own boss and hold yourself accountable. So how do you do that?

Putting on pants is a great start.

If you’re working from home, it might feel easy to catch up with your work while in sweatpants and propped up in bed. But that’s a recipe for trouble down the road.

Experts (and science) agree that the clothes you wear are symbolic of how you feel about yourself. In fact, one Scandinavian study found that doctors who wore white lab coats made less mistakes than their counterparts who were not wearing lab coats. It’s called “enclothed cognition.”

Check out the infographic below to learn more helpful hints about staying motivated while working alone:

Self management tips infographic

Sources: Forbes | Inc | New York Times | The Globe and Mail | Redbooth

Vice President and Founding Editor at Fundera

Meredith Wood

Meredith Wood is the founding editor of the Fundera Ledger and a vice president at Fundera. She launched the Fundera Ledger in 2014 and has specialized in financial advice for small business owners for almost a decade. Meredith is frequently sought out for her expertise in small business lending. She is a monthly columnist for AllBusiness, and her advice has appeared in the SBA, SCORE, Yahoo, Amex OPEN Forum, Fox Business, American Banker, Small Business Trends, MyCorporation, Small Biz Daily, StartupNation, and more. Email: meredith@fundera.com.
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