Do you find it difficult to stay motivated and feel out of the loop?
I got you.
The quarantine can be quite overwhelming. Life has a new order and everything changes day by day. My mood has got a swing lately too. From feeling at the top of things to total laziness. Lately, I have realized that being productive and motivated does not mean squeezing yourself out like lemon and being at the top all the time.
It means accepting what you can and can’t do in a day and being fine with it. Trying your best but always prioritizing wellbeing by listening to your body.
In this article, I am sharing my favorite tips to stay sane and motivated while being in lockdown.
#1 Set daily routines
It’s no surprise that almost all of the wealthy, successful people have morning and evening rituals. Morning is my favorite part as I can be with myself and set the tone for the rest of the day. Implementing routines helps to feel calm especially in the time of chaos happening all around the world.
Don’t loose your daily rhythm because you are now staying indoors all the time. Do the same things you would normally do as getting ready for the day or add some new rituals to your existing routine. Mediate, dance, journal, do exercises or whatever sets you in a good headspace. Keep it simple and short. Discover new approaches to old habits.
Normally go to the gym? Try live stream or YouTube video fitness, Zumba classes. Do weightlifting using water bottles, home items, etc. or participate in a fitness challenge. Get some exercise every day.
Stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time as you were before lockdown. Best go to sleep before 11 pm and wake up at 7 or 8 so you get at least 8 hours of sleep. Productivity starts with proper rest and wellness.
Get some inspiration for building your own morning routine. Check out my recent YouTube video.
#2 No pajamas, clean space = organized mind
Alright, alright it’s very cozy to spend all day in pajamas because we can. But like it or not our productivity level changes and we do procrastinate more if we work in pajamas. I have noticed that myself.
I am a strong believer that productivity and feeling motivated starts with the atmosphere around you. Working in a clean, uncluttered space will help you to be in a more productive mood.
Try to wear nice clothes which spark joy but also comfortable and makes you feel good. You will feel more put together and there will be less chance to roll up in that cozy pajamas back to the couch and Netflix.
When your look fresh, when the space around you is tidy and you have a cup of tea or any other warm beverage you like (stay hydrated) then you are ready to conquer the world and reach your goals. I believe in you!
#3 Separate zones for tasks
I live in a small hostel room right now and I really can feel the difference in productivity and motivation when I have a dedicated spot for each task. I have a corner for studying and then a big, comfortable chair near the window for relaxing.
There will be less space for procrastination when your mind is clear about which area is for relaxing and which one for focus and work. It will help you to get in productive flow more easily.
Also, do not eat at the same place where you study, better eat at the table without distraction. Be mindful and enjoy your food completely. Fully focus on 1 thing at a time. That way you can give your 100% percent energy and attention.
#4 Schedule your day
Journaling and planning in the evening before makes a huge difference in how productive I am in the next day. Don’t need to schedule very strictly minute by minute but I make sure to write down the 3 most priority tasks and what hour will do each of them.
I use my bullet journal and Google Keep to do that. To prioritize tasks I use the Eisenhower Matrix. It very easy tool where you draw four squares and then group them by importance and urgency. You can check out the introduction to this method here.
It might sound funny but I also schedule my meals, because sometimes I get caught up in making youtube videos that I can spend literally 4 hours non stop editing and forgetting to eat.
I also plan my free time. It is good to take a 15-30 minute pause after an hour of focused work and do something else. No, not scrolling through your phone. More like stretching, looking out of the window, drinking water, getting some healthy snacks, doing a short mediation.
Have you heard about the Pomodoro technique? It’s a very useful tool for studying or doing big, time-consuming tasks. You set timmer for 20 minutes and then 5 minutes for a break and repeat it till the task is done. Interested? Then you can get more info here.
There is even a timer app available for your phone to use with this technique.
It works very well as it tricks your brain that you only need to focus 20 minutes and helps to get started with a task. Let’s be real, sometimes the hardest part is to just start, right?
It’s also necessary for a brain to rest and do something different after an hour to keep thinking sharp and focused.
#5 Celebrate little accomplishments
Sometimes we focus on the things we can’t have, have lost or regret too much. I was quite upset about my erasmus+ experience as it was very long-awaited but it turned out very differently than I expected because of the quarantine. There are still soo many things I wanted to do and see.
Concentrating on the good things that already had happened since being in Belgium opened my eyes and made me feel much better. One evening I wrote in my journal all of the amazing things I already have done and experienced or bought, felt, etc. I filled around 6 pages.
Reading that made me feel very grateful and accomplished. Even in 2 months before lockdown I managed to do so many great things as traveling to Paris, having a fun movie night with friends, starting a blog, youtube channel, learning to cook new recipes, doing online yoga and more. We always have a choice where to put our attention to.
I did not regret any single minute of my decision going on the Erasmus+ semester right now. The best time is always now. Be grateful now and value even the little things you have done. There is more yet to come.
Productivity doesn’t determine your self-worth. It’s okay to rest and do nothing. There is time for everything. Some days are brighter and you feel more productive than others. That’s life. We are all in this together. It shall pass!
Let’s show kindness to not only others but ourselves too. Enjoy that movie, that chocolate and just be. You are enough as you are. Thank you for being here. Stay healthy, my friend!
How do you keep yourself motivated and in a good mood? Share your tips and thoughts, questions down in comments. Curious to read!
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Thumbnail photo was taken by Febe Moyaert