Staying motivated at home!

Hi Everyone,

I understand for a lot of people these days are very different times from what we are used to. As a result of this, some people may be finding it difficult to find the motivation to continue with university work or other tasks they need to do at home.  So, I’ve put together some tips on how I’ve been trying to stay motivated during this time.

The main thing that’s helped me to stay motivated is making a to-do list of what I want to do each day. For some people planning a whole week could be daunting, if this is the case take it day by day.  The reason I feel to-do lists help you to keep motivated is each time you tick something off you will feel a sense of accomplishment, which should motivate you to complete the rest of the list.  When making the list you can start big with just the key tasks that need doing or start small with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, brushing teeth and so on.

This brings us on nicely to my next tip, starting your day. Something I’ve found beneficial is getting up and getting ready as soon as I wake up instead of scrolling through social media. Currently a lot of posts on social media are negative and to feel motivated you should always try and start your day with a positive. If you do use social media in a morning, try talking to friends or looking at things that make you smile. Another key part of the morning routine is getting dressed, you may feel as though there is little point in getting dressed if you’re going to be staying in the house, but it can make a big difference in how motivated you feel – even if it is just putting on some other comfy clothes!

Once you have made a start on your day don’t forget to take breaks, as doing too much at one time could burn you out and leave you unmotivated for the following few days. In these breaks you should incorporate some healthy food as it’s a great source of energy and a good motivator. For example, telling yourself ‘after I have done this paragraph, I can have lunch’. You are more likely to want to finish your task if there is a reward at the end.

A final and possibly the most important point is do not compare yourself to others. Everyone will be handling these times differently so focus on your own achievements. Be proud of what you have done in a day and remember it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing.

I hope some of these tips help.

Stay safe!

Katie Stevenson.

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