- Establish rewards for completing difficult tasks or accomplishing major milestones. A reward doesn't have to be expensive or elaborate. A walk around the block or a small shopping spree can serve as a motivator to get the job done.
Bad Boss Behavior: Tom Nevermann, president of The Moving Doctor, a Los-Angeles-based company offering moving management and professional organizing services, learned a very valuable lesson early on in his career. He found that he would expend too much energy during a project and not prepare himself for the completion.
Turning Point: After completing a particularly large project, Nevermann slipped into a major depression and found it difficult to work for weeks.
Good Guy Solution: Now after completing a project, Nevermann rewards himself with a little time off (when he can). He even invested in a time-share in Palm Springs, California, where he can go to relax. "Working for yourself is very difficult," says Nevermann. "We sacrifice our own 'selfs' to make sure our clients' needs are satisfied, but we also need to make sure our own needs are met."
Brother home office expert Lisa Kanarek advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog Working Naked. She is the author of several books, including Working Naked: A guide to the bare essentials of home office life.