It has definitely been a strange time for us all and it can be really hard finding the motivation to study or work in these crazy times. I thought about writing this post because recently most people are working/studying from home. Sure, on one hand, it’s great. You have flexibility and comfort. On the other hand, it requires lots of self-discipline.
So today I want to share all my best tips for working or studying remotely so it no longer feels overwhelming! These are some things that have really helped me since I’ve been stuck inside for almost a year now. I think they’ll also really help you too!
🚶♂️ Create habits and routines
Create some habits and routines that help you have some semblance of a normal day! For example, if you always made your coffee, or took a walk before leaving home for work or school, keep doing it despite being at home. Just keep doing simple tasks, they can really help you feel like you’re having a normal working/studying routine.
🛀 Get ready for the day
Related to my first tip, try to add some normality to your day-to-day. Don’t stay in pajamas all day, take a shower, wash your face, put on some comfy clothes, and get ready. You’ll feel much fresher and energized!
✔️ Make a list of to-dos every day
This one is actually a really helpful one. If you have a clear view of what you need to work on, then you can plan your time around those tasks. And it can be really satisfying to mark “check” as you complete the tasks on your to-do list. This should keep you motivated because personally, I think it’s such a good feeling.
⌛ Set yourself a time schedule
This helps reduce procrastination. Break your work/studying into smaller time slots. Knowing that you only have to do 30 minutes, for example, before you get a little break, you’ll have more motivation to work hard and to be productive. After that time slot, give yourself a little break to eat, go outside and get fresh air, play with your pet, catch up with your family. Then you go back to your work feeling more energized.
🍃 Get outside and get active
Obviously, if you can! Fresh air helps your mind focus so much. Go for a walk before work, the fresh morning air is so revitalizing! Or do some yoga, stretch, or do your favorite workout after your workday or lunch break. Getting outside and staying active can reset your mind, and definitely helps with working at home.
Keep your phone away while you’re working. Disable notifications and put your phone in silence. Turn off the television and put on some background music if it helps you feel more focused.
🥗 Get a good night’s sleep, drink water, and eat well
Try to keep a sleep routine. Wake up and go to bed at the same time as if you had to go to work/school. You’ll feel more refreshed and therefore more energy/motivation to work. Stay hydrated, always keep the water bottle close to you. And don’t skip meals, your body needs “fuel” to function well. Eat nutrient-rich foods to help your concentration.
I hope these tips are somewhat helpful for you at this time!
Do you work/study from home?
Please share your best tip to stay motivated in the comments below!