During this time of socially isolating and quarantining, I think we are beginning to run into an issue: losing motivation. Our lives have been disrupted. Every sense of normalcy and routine we had has been pretty much thrown out the window at this point. The days are turning into weeks and most of the time I'm not sure what day it is. Thankfully, there are a few tricks I've noticed that help keep me motivated toward my work.
Get dressed in the morning.
This may seem silly, but I lose the most motivation when I sit around in my pajamas all day. What I like to do is get up and get dressed for the day, whether that be in jeans or a dress, even if I don't want to. By not lounging around in comfy clothes all day, it not only keeps me sane, but helps me stay motivated throughout the day to get work done!
Get ready like you would for class.
Seems like a waste of time, right? Wrong! Whether you shower, do your hair and makeup, or even make breakfast in the morning, get back into the routine of doing what you would do to get ready for class. The extra hours awake helps motivate you to sit down and do your work instead of just lounging in bed all day!
Keep a planner.
Some people have a hard enough time keeping track of a planner during the school year, but I promise you now more than ever this is the perfect time to plan out your day. Whether it is scheduling a socially distant walk around the neighborhood or writing down your due dates for your classes, keeping a planner nearby will keep you on your toes. Bonus points if it helps you remember what day it is!
One of the best things I have discovered is to work ahead in my classes. If I do all my school work on Tuesday, I won't have anything assigned until the following Monday. For some people, they may not be able to work this far ahead due to courses throughout the week. If you can, though, I highly recommend knocking work out so you can fit in some much deserved TLC!
FaceTime or Skype a friend.
We all know those people who absolutely cannot sit by themselves and get work done. Whether it is going to a friends house or taking a trip to the library, sometimes people just need someone to motivate them. Video chatting a friend not only keeps you more connected with the outside world, but can be beneficial if you really just need to sit down with someone while cranking out some work!
Whether you decide to put on new pants or wake up early to make some coffee, the bottom line is sometimes we all need that extra boost to get some work done!