In any working environment, it’s helpful to have little reminders around you to keep you going.
In offices, these wise words may come in the form of posters on the walls, calendars on the desks, laptop wallpapers, or maybe even on the front of cover of your work notebook. They’re dotted about to keep you motivated when your determination or energy starts lacking, as a gentle bit of encouragement designed to lift you when you need it.
If you’ve recently started working from home, your new ‘office’ may be lacking these little bits of functional decoration. If you notice yourself feeling a little unproductive and listless, maybe forgetting the reasons you have for trying to stay focused, it could be helpful to add some of these little reminders to your new working environment.
Why are motivational quotes beneficial to us when working from home?
Motivational quotes are beneficial as they provide us with a quick burst of inspiration to help us to get back into the swing of things when we’re starting to feel ourselves slugging along, maybe not working at the same level of productivity as we were when we started.
They are often advice from either someone in particular who inspires us and others (such as two of the quotes I have chosen below, from Vincent Van Gough and Mahatma Gandhi), or just inspirational words from a stranger – sometimes we won’t even know their names.
When we start to feel a lack of focus or motivation creeping in, we often don’t have the time to spare to take a break and really centre ourselves or hype ourselves up to get back into it, or to read something longer that will explain to us in detail why we need to do the things we do.
Quotes are succinct, quick to read, and – as discussed already – easy to place around you in spaces where they are visible and accessible when you need a little encouragement.
You could have them around your working environment in any way you like, either in the form of the decorations you’d usually spot around the office, or perhaps just written down in front of you, to take a moment to read when you need a little encouragement to keep up the good work.
The best quotes to include are the ones which remind you that nothing comes without hard work, determination and perseverance – you have to keep yourself accountable for your own success.
Here are fifty motivational quotes that you could add to your home-working environment to keep you focused on your goals, when you start to feel like you’re struggling to stay as determined as you can.
"Successful people aren’t just gifted – they work hard and they succeed on purpose."
"Create a vision for yourself and your life that makes you want to jump right out of bed in the morning."
"Do it with passion, or don’t do it at all."
"Nobody is saying it’s going to be easy – but everybody is saying it’s going to be worth it."
"Don’t quit the daydream."
"Push yourself. Nobody else is going to do it for you."
"True leadership means always doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching."
"Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally – it comes from what you do consistently."
"If you focus on results, you’ll never change. It’s when you focus on change, that you begin to see results."
"Nothing will ever work until you do."
"Wake up, smile, and tell yourself “today is my day”."
"You can go to work… or you can be the boss."
"To be able to work from home successfully takes all of the following: motivation, work, perseverance, balance, action, accountability, good habits, and no excuses."
"The harder you work, the luckier you become."
"Home, work, and play: we should aspire to inspire every day."
"Don’t fully rely on motivation for anything – it is fleeting and unreliable. Discipline, however, is unyielding. Force yourself to follow through, and everything else will, too."
"Choose a job that you love, and you will never work a day in your life."
"Be patient, it won’t happen overnight. Hang in there, work hard, have faith, and it will all fall into place."
"Strength does not come from physical capabilities – it comes from an indomitable will."
"Think, do, and BE positive!"
"It takes one person to change your life: you."
"Working hard and working smart can be too very different things. Do both."
"Stay positive. Work hard. Make it happen."
"You can’t have a million-dollar dream without a million-dollar work ethic."
"One life – just one. Why aren’t we running as if we are on fire towards all our wildest dreams?"
"I love Mondays because I love my work."
"Every strike brings me one step closer to my next home run."
"Work from home – there really is no place like it."
"Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture."
"What good is an idea if it remains an idea? Try. Experiment. Iterate. Fail, and then try again. Change your world."
"Don’t wish it was easier. Wish that you were better, and work to change it."
"Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it, and how successful it makes you."
"Make sure that when tomorrow gets here, you worked towards your dream yesterday."
"Great things are created when a series of small things are brought together."
"If it’s important to you, then you will always find a way. If it’s not, then you will always find an excuse."
"Don’t let anyone work harder for you than you do for yourself."
"Don’t start looking back – you’re not going that way."
"The only way to finish is to start."
"Dare to dream it, and strive to achieve it."
"Don’t stop when you feel like you want to. Stop when it’s finished."
"Always put in every bit of effort you can, even when the odds are stacked against you."
"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
"There is no good substitute for hard work."
"Of course it’s going to be hard – but ‘hard’ does not mean impossible."
"Never, ever hope for it more than you are willing to work for it."
"You can’t recycle wasted time."
"Set all your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there."
"Talk is cheap – but actions are priceless."
"Follow your heart, but make sure that you take your brain with you."
"Just in case you were waiting for the right time to start: it’s now."
Where else can I get some quick motivational content?
If you are feeling a little more inspired after reading those, then that’s good! Many of the quotes above were pulled from different spots around the internet, where there’s a wealth of different motivational content to keep you feeling focused and determined.
There’s plenty of online stores that offer motivational posters or other merchandise to add to your workspace and plenty where you can insert your own favourite motivational words and receive personalised designs to keep you feeling encouraged.
It might be an idea to pick twelve, fifty-two or even three-hundred and sixty-five of your favorite motivational quotes and invest in a custom calendar, so you can start every day with a little burst of inspiration to help you through.
Not that you need to make it yourself if that sounds like quite a lengthy task – there are many other desk calendars available online, printed with inspirational or motivational words that have been cherry-picked by the companies who make them.
A variety of books are also available, many with a different motivational quote for you to read each day – someone I know owns a copy of Chris Naylor’s Believe And Achieve, which they keep next to their bed, and reads a quote from each morning before getting out of bed. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, Believe And Achieve – and many other similar books – are readily available online. Perhaps have one to keep on your desk, to take a look at during the day when you feel like you need to.
Social media can be a distraction when working from home, but if you’re the sort of person who finds it easy to put their phone down as quickly as they picked it up, then it could be worth seeking out some social media pages which regularly post quotes that you can apply to your working from home routine. Some which myself and people I know find useful are:
Fabulous (@thefabstory) on Instagram
The social media home of the Fabulous app, which focuses on personal and mental development. The account posts daily motivational quotes, as well as different challenges that you can attempt to implement into your daily routine to change your habits for the better.
Recent quote: “If it’s healthy for your body and your brain, there’s no need to explain.”
Success Magazine (@successmagazine) on Twitter
In their Twitter bio, Success Magazine describe themselves as ‘your guide for personal and professional development through inspiration, motivation and training’, and post several articles each day to inspire you to keep working for what you want.
Recent quote: “Success comes when you hit a tipping point and begin to desire your goal more than you dread the cost of reaching it.”
6AM Success (@6amsuccess) on Instagram
6AM Success post a wide range of inspirational posters, perfect for giving you a little lift to beat the post-lunch laziness that often sets in after a break from productivity – and they have nearly two million followers to show for it.
Recent quote: “Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.”
Jim Rohn (@officialjimrohn) on Twitter
Though American entrepreneur Jim Rohn – whose rags-to-riches story inspired millions - passed away in 2009, his Twitter account continues to post motivational articles which provide quick and helpful insights to develop your working attitude, and solve any problems that might get in your way.
Recent quote: “To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?”
Foundr Magazine (@foundr) on Instagram
Similarly to Success Magazine, Foundr is a magazine which focuses on entrepreneurial education, and post a variety of different articles and quotes to give you a bit of inspiration when you’re starting to feel it lacking.
Recent quote: “To be successful, you must have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”
Hopefully, you now have plenty of advice to work from, and from there will be able to discover more and more inspirational content, as well as ideas of how to implement them into your daily routine.
Whilst it’s common to feel a break in productivity and to lose focus – we all do it – it’s important to look at how you deal with that. Of course, the most crucial part of this is often to look at the working conditions you’ve set out for yourself, and whether you’re putting yourself in the best position to be successful at what you’re doing.