When you work at home, you don't have many built-in reward mechanisms for a day's work. There's no bonuses or free lunches on your average day, so finding ways to incentivize hard work can be tough. Similarly, major home projects can be exhausting and isolating and while completing the task at hand is a major bonus, it can leave you feeling empty.
Next time you finish a big project, reward yourself by:
1. Taking a Netflix break with a career-relevant documentary. Learning doesn't have to come through step by step processes. Sometimes, it happens through watching and listening. If you work in news, watch Page One. If you work in design, watch Helvetica. Hopefully, it will be relaxing and educational.
2. Going on a coffee date with someone in your profession.
I am known for sending completely blind emails to people whose work I admire and asking them if I can buy them a cup of coffee. It's a great excuse to get to know someone better while getting out of your comfort zone.
3. Sleeping in. Honestly, is there anything better than sleeping in on a random Tuesday? If you rocked on Monday, reward yourself by showing up to the "office" a little late.
(Images: Heather and Katherine's Meant to Be Remodel and nomilknocry~oH! on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.)