I’ve found university being online can drain me of motivation as there’s not the same sense of routine. While I do go into university for 2 hours a week the rest of my seminars are online and I tend to do my work at home rather than go to the library. I’ve been trying to put small things in place these last few weeks to get me into the right mindset to do work. People do not lie when they say the workload in third year is a lot so it’s even more important for me to create a good at home study routine.
Leave the house – I know this may not be the best advice during a pandemic but I’ve found it can start to get suffocating if you stay inside all the time. I recently stopped doing at home workouts and actually went back to the gym and it just felt so good. Even if you just go for a short walk, give yourself a break and get out of the enclosed space in which you live and work.
Create to-do lists – I’ve spoken before about my love for my planner but this is so important for me as it helps me set goals. I like to have short to-do lists for each day to motivate myself to get stuff done. There’s nothing like the feeling of having ticked everything off the list at the end of the day.
Create a routine – though you may have less of a fixed schedule from commitments that doesn’t mean you can’t have a routine. I like to get up at the same time each day, have my meals, finish working and do my exercises in line with my routine. Even at the weekends I like to keep to my routine to an extent otherwise I’ll fall out of it. It’s important to listen to your body sometimes I’ll allow myself a lie in if I’m shattered at the end of the week or have an early night.
Switch off in the evenings – don’t work all day, have some time to wind down especially before bed. I like to watch a film or read some of my book before I go to sleep just to relax my mind. I feel of I work until bed it does impact my sleep.
Have meal breaks – in keeping with the last point of shutting off. I like to take breaks for my meals, setting a specific amount of time to take a break, enjoy my food and watch a bit of Netflix before getting back to work.
Reward yourself – it can be so easy to think that work is something you should just be doing. But it’s always nice to have something to look forward to. I often think I want to make sure all my work is done before this event so I don’t have to worry about work when it comes around. This is such a good way to motivate yourself.
Hopefully these things can help you to motivate yourself while working at home.