The Guide to Staying Motivated During Quarantine

By Elena

Quarantine can be a difficult time to stay motivated, especially when you’re used to a more structuralized schedule. For this reason, I am putting together an article with some tips that have really helped me find motivation during such periods of unknown. If you have any other tips which I haven’t covered, please feel free to leave them down in the comments section below.

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1. Make a Schedule

The first tip I have for you is to make a schedule. Write out what you want to achieve every day, and stick to the schedule. You can start making a schedule by designating a bedtime and a wake up time, and then formulate the rest of your day around these times.

2. Put away your phone

Do not let yourself fall into the trap of “just one more Youtube video” or “just one more game!” Don’t get on your phone if you can avoid it, and you’ll notice your motivation will increase.

It can be so hard to get sucked into technology, but start by making the commitment to set everything down so you can focus on what you really need to.

3. Start small

Force yourself to do something productive for just 15 minutes. After that 15 minutes is up, you’ll likely be in the headspace to continue working, or can at least convince yourself to try and work for 15 more minutes. 

Even if you just take a little bit of time, you’ll end up being more motivated to continue working, and the overall tasks will get much easier to deal with. Starting small is key to building motivation for your bigger projects.

Another way you can approach this is by starting out with small tasks. If you want to clean your room, start out by just making your bed, and then build up to cleaning out your desk or your closet. The smaller actions will help motivate you to get to the bigger ones.

You have to start somewhere, and it’s easiest to start at a smaller scale.

4. Partner up

Find a friend you can commit to an activity with. If you want the motivation to work out, get a work out buddy. There’s apps you can use to share progress with, or you could video call while you work out together.

Use other people to motivate you, and motivate them back. A strong support system can make all the difference, and it will ultimately make the tedious tasks more enjoyable.

Remember, you can also use your friends for other motivation. Use friends to keep yourself accountable. Set up a system where you tell your friends what you want to achieve every day, and let them know if you achieve it. Set up calls together where you do all of the things you want to do, but are having a difficult time getting yourself to do.

5. Find your time

Different people are more motivated at different times. For example, I can get more work done at night and can find the motivation to do various things better at different times. On the other hand, my mom is more productive during the day and can motivate herself more in the morning.

Everyone’s different. Your issue of motivation could very well just be an issue with timing. Just because you want to be motivated at a certain time doesn’t mean you will be. Just experiment a little with yourself and try to notice the signs for when you might have an easier time getting what you want to do done. 

This can be really hard to do sometimes, however it isn’t impossible. Your time might differ from day to day. Just find times when motivation is easier, and capitalize on that. 

6. Rewards system

Create a rewards system to motivate yourself. Decide on various “prizes” you’ll give yourself for what you finish. If you have an addiction to chocolate, tell yourself you won’t give into your cravings until you work out for half an hour or submit an assignment.

The reward system is something you have to tailor to yourself. Different rewards might give you more motivation. Some of those rewards you might want to save for more important things, and some might be better for smaller events. All I’m saying is to make your system work for you, and be reasonable with your prizes.

7. Just do it

Stop spending your time reading an article that’s going to tell you how you can start being motivated, and just do it. Just close out of this tab and start fulfilling your dreams. Or, you know you could always read our other articles instead or finish this article before start being motivated.

Either way, just start doing whatever it is you want to do as soon as you can. Take a moment to subscribe to us or bookmark our page before you start though. Hey, if you’ll need any advice in the future, I guarantee we’ll have something for you. If we don’t, you can leave a comment or contact us via the contacts page and we’ll probably write the article for you, or if you join our patreon we will for sure write it.

8. Don’t stress it

If you still can’t find the motivation some days, it’s ok. You don’t have to be productive 24/7. It’s ok to take some time for yourself. If you stress out over what you aren’t doing, you’ll never get around to doing what you aren’t doing. 

Stress is just going to make it worse. Yes, it might get you to work for a little bit, however it’s a lot easier to crash if you work because you’re stressed. Don’t sacrifice your mental health for productivity. It ultimately isn’t worth it.

Furthermore, it’s a difficult time right now. The pandemic has messed with absolutely everyone and you are not the only one who isn’t being productive. It’s perfectly normal, and don’t beat yourself up over it. You will find the motivation, but it’s going to be harder if you stress out over it.

Thank you so much for reading this article! If you have any questions or any more tips, please leave a comment down below. If you liked this article, please leave a like and subscribe to our page, either through WordPress or through email (if you have any questions on how to do this don’t hesitate to contact us). Tomorrow, we have a very special article coming to you from a special guest writer about pop art, so please check back tomorrow at 3:30 pm CT. If you wanna see even more of us you can follow us on social media below and, as always, keep overachieving!

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