The Way We Work
July 21, 2009 by Tamara Rice

At oDesk headquarters in Menlo Park, California, every Tuesday is a WFHT. So we know how difficult it can be to keep your motivation and momentum going. It’s easy to get sidetracked and become bored with your work. Here are some ideas for turning around the blahs and becoming excited about your work again.


Get outside. Work from your backyard or a park.

Everyone gets a little tired of looking at the same four walls all the time. Try doing your work outdoors. If the daytime is too hot, try the early part of the evening or late afternoon. You might be surprised at what this change of scenery can do for you. You’ll hear birds (we hope), breathe fresh air (again, we can only hope) and you’ll have the chance to look up at the sky when you need an idea. We think it just might work.

Beautify your desk. Point your computer toward something you love

Clean off the clutter and put two or three things you love on your workspace. It might be flowers or it might be your old Darth Vader action figure, just put something there that makes you smile. Try facing a window while you work, or paint the wall by your desk your favorite color–even if it doesn’t match the others. Sometimes making your workspace more interesting really can change your perspective.


The Big Idea: Go through your weekly work tasks and figure out the one you hate the most. Can it be eliminated?

If working outside and adding interest to your work area aren’t getting you over your work blahs, it may be time for some pretty serious re-thinking. If there is a task or two each week that you can’t stand–or a client you’d rather not answer to–consider breaking free in a professional and polite way. It’s a big freelancing ocean out there, and there are more clients in the sea.

WFHT Recommended Reading
“Getting Bored With Yourself” from The Empowering Mom Blog
“Stuck in a Self-Employment Grind?” from Suite 101: Working Solo
“Is Boredom Hurting Your Freelance Career” from the Freelance Rant
“How to Cure Work-Related Boredom” from Bizzia


Much like a divorced marriage counselor, my ability to dish out advice is not an indicator of my ability to implement it. However, having worked from home for over a decade, I’ve learned what works and what just creates more work.

– Tamara

Tamara Rice

Freelance Writer and Editor

Tamara Rice is one of several freelance writers on the oDesk Blog team. She joined the oDesk marketplace in 2009, after more than six years on staff at an award-winning national magazine.