The Way We Work

Sometimes working from home can get a little routine, and you might lose your focus. Check out these ten different takes on staying motivated from bloggers around the Web.

“Motivation is something that needs to be built into your life on a daily basis.”

POSITIONED FOR SUCCESS IN A GLOBAL STORM: This inspirational essay might help you change your perspective by paying closer attention your goals and the way you think. (by Peter Sinclair of Motivational Memo)

“Finding the right workflow can make a tremendous difference…”

4 LESSONS THAT HELPED ME OPTIMIZE MY WORKFLOW: These four basic principles of freelancing can help you get back into the game with a renewed energy. (by Adrian Try for Freelance Switch)

“Consistent improvement frees me from the cycle of guilt.”

ARE YOU BETTER THAN YESTERDAY?: From the CTO of InfoEther, this blog entry will show you how to stay motivated by taking steps forward every single day. (by Chad Fowler for The Four Hour Work Week Blog)

“I began creating a list of 5-6 daily actions.”

6 REASONS WHY YOU ARE NOT MORE PRODUCTIVE: Identifying the things that are holding you back can sometimes be the way to move ahead. (by Steve Martile for Dumb Little Man)

“It doesn’t take long for your skillset to become outdated…”

FALLING BEHIND IS NOT AN OPTION: If all else fails, a kick in the backside might be what you need. This post has that kick with points like, “You Are Dispensible.” (by Samuel of Wake Up Later)

“As your responsibilities grow … it’s easier to stay motivated.”

7 TIPS FOR WORK-AT-HOME MOTIVATION: One of the tips is to make promises you know you will have to keep, but the best tip that not everyone is cut out for the job. (by Cathy Goodwin for Top Work at Home Moms)

“Sometimes your work mojo gets so low you think it’s abandoned you forever.”

HOW TO RECHARGE YOUR WORK MOJO: Though Swinton’s wise words are aimed at the 9 to 5ers, they are good for all of us, including having clear–not fuzzy–goals that will get you from A to B. (by Lindsay Swinton of Management for the Rest of Us)

“If you are having a hard time getting started, it may be because you’re thinking too big.”

GET OFF YOUR BUTT: It’s an oldy but a goody from the zen master himself. These 16 ways to get yourself out of a slump have worked for a lot of people, and they just might work for you. (by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits)

“It takes as much stress to be a success as it does to be a failure.” – Emilio James Trujillo

49 MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES TO KICK YOURSELF…: The quotes here will last you 49 days, or you can switch it up and read them all at once to get one good swift kick. (at Guerrilla Freelancing)

“Our motivations can be separated into two categories: extrinsic and intrinsic.”

PERPETUAL FUEL: FINDING THE MOTIVATION… : The key to motivation may just end up being as personal and individual as each of us seeking it. Celine’s suggestion is that we need to know ourselves before we can find our motivation. (by Celine Rogue of Web Worker Daily)


Working from home can either weigh you down or liberate you — it’s all about how you do it. Having worked from home for over a decade, I’ve learned what works and what just creates more work. Here at oDesk you’ll find the tips and tools to do it right.

– 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.