10 Ways to stay motivated at home
Staying Motivated at Home
For a lot of people affected by the COVID 19 pandemic, adjusting to being at home for extended periods of time, maybe due to working or studying remotely has taken a lot of getting used to.
Staying motivated when everything around seems to have changed, and possibly not for the better, can be incredibly challenging.
In this blog we’re going to look at some of the answers to questions like;
- how to stay motivated working from home during COVID 19
- how to stay motivated studying from home
- how to stay motivated to workout at home
- how to stay motivated working remotely
Plus, we’ll give you tips on what to do if you’re feeling unmotivated working from home.
How to Stay Motivated Studying and Working from Home during COVID 19
Looking for tips on how to stop procrastinating?
Take a look below at our Top 10 ways on how to stay motivated working from home during coronavirus that will help you to start using your time more effectively. These tips are equally relevant if you’re studying from home too
- Designated Workspace
The first step to staying motivated whilst working or studying at home involves creating a designated space for you to work from. Whether it’s a desk in your bedroom, or a portion of the kitchen table, make sure you sit in this designated space each time you want to work, so your body gets into a routine of knowing that this is the space in which it needs to focus.
- Create an Effective Schedule
Having a schedule or daily plan is a great way to keep you motivated.
Knowing you need to complete certain tasks or a set amount of revision by a certain time or date encourages you to stay focused and work through.
Even if you don’t have specific deadlines, it’s good to still give yourself a routine to keep ahead of your workload
- Take Regular Breaks
It’s the age old question – should you force yourself to sit down and concentrate for hours on end? Or should you work in short bursts and give yourself regular breaks?
Well, scientific research has found that taking even a brief break can dramatically improve one’s ability to concentrate for prolonged periods of time.
When creating your daily schedule, be sure to factor in breaks so that you can give your brain a chance to reset and refocus. Research suggests that you will be able to reach your ‘perfect productivity’ by working in periods of 52 minutes and then taking a break for 17.
- Exercise Regularly
Exercise isn’t just great for our physical and mental health, but it’s also been shown to improve concentration, so, why not try going out for a run during your lunch break to get your blood pumping?
Or, if you’ve got lots of virtual classes or Zoom meetings scheduled and won’t be able to have a long break, you could always go for a walk in the morning so you can kick-start your day feeling refreshed and motivated.
If you can, you should even try exercising during your breaks – even if it’s doing 40 star jumps or stretching for ten minutes, it’s a quick and easy way to release those endorphins and help to improve your concentration levels.
- Mix up Your Learning Style When Studying
Often, the reason why we lose motivation is because we grow tired of repeating the same thing day after day.
To keep your day new and exciting, you should try mixing up the way you approach it, trying out new study and working methods. It’s a chance to get creative and mix up each day, so you don’t get into the same tiring repetition of tasks which you will soon get bored of doing.
- Practice the “10-Minute Rule”
It can be hard to convince yourself to start working on a task you really don’t want to do. Whether you know it’s going to be boring, frustrating, or just really challenging, convincing yourself to get started is tough.
One of the best ways to get moving on something you don’t want to do is by using the “10-minute rule.” Tell yourself that you only have to work on something for 10 minutes. Then, after the 10-minute mark, you can take a break if you want.
More times than not, you’ll likely find that at the 10-minute mark you’ll choose to keep going. Usually, getting started is the toughest part. But once you do, it’s easy to keep the momentum going.
- Use Technology
The great thing about being at home and creating your own routine is that you have access to so many technologies that can help to keep you organised and stay motivated. Here’s a few of our favourites:
- Forest App – A free downloadable app for your phone that helps you to keep focused. Whenever you need to concentrate for a set period of time – perhaps for your 52 minutes of study – you set a tree to grow during that time. If you get distracted and go on your phone during the set time, then your tree dies. If you don’t, you’ve successfully planted another one to add to your forest! The best thing is, the more trees people grow on their phones, the more real trees the app owners plant to help the environment.
- Todoist – If you have lots of overhanging tasks, then Todoist is a great tool at helping you to keep track of them. Again, downloadable to your laptop or computer, you can set tasks with completion dates, and set reminders to prompt you to get them finished before the deadline.
- Reward Yourself
Setting yourself a reward – no matter how big or small – when you’ve completed your daily task or a particularly difficult piece of work – this a great way to keep yourself motivated. Especially during current circumstances – any small reward can really help perk us up!
- Challenge Yourself
Sometimes, a little challenge can help get you moving too. For example, you might try to write a certain number of words in 30 minutes. Once you see how many words you write in 30 minutes, you might try beating that during the next 30-minute time slot.
You might also make some discoveries about yourself. Maybe you type faster when you’re sitting at the kitchen table, or perhaps you have better focus right after lunch. Learning these things about yourself might help you set your day up for success.
Being more aware of your time helps you use it wisely. And challenging yourself in some way might provide the extra incentive you need.
- Practice Good Self-Care
You’ll never be at your best if you’re exhausted and running on caffeine and sugar only. You need a healthy diet, plenty of rest, and good self-care strategies to perform at your peak.
But meeting your physical, social, and emotional needs right now will be a bit more challenging than usual. Eating a healthy diet might not be as easy when you’re limiting your trips to the grocery store. And video chatting with friends isn’t the same as meeting in person.
So, take a step back every once in a while, and ask yourself what else you can do to take care of yourself better. As your stress level increases, your self-care should increase right alongside it.
When it comes to staying motivated to work out at home, these 8 tips should help;
- Set up a calendar/schedule with workouts for each day that you want to do.
- Make yourself adhere to that schedule.
- Block off time in your real life/work calendar.
- Make time.
- Create a dedicated space to workout.
- Stop with your excuses.
- Do it with a group friends.
- Push yourself!
You should now be armed with some tips on how to stay motivated working from home in 2020 and beyond. If you have any other ideas and advice, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.
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