Author: Beatrice Pipero
Working remotely in self-isolation has been the new "norm" over the last 6 months in Melbourne. Honestly, it has been incredibly hard finding motivation during the pandemic, especially with the varying restrictions with no clear end in sight. For many of us, that initial energy surge around fixing up the house, learning another language, becoming a famous artist or learning how to make sourdough seems like a distant memory.
Perhaps you are struggling to maintain perspective or taking this time to reassess, regroup and focus on your business? So, how do you stay focused and keep motivated when you are working remotely in self-isolation,
Here are my dos and don’ts if you want to improve your daily routine and stay motivated:
1. Getting stuff done
The first and probably most important is to make a to-do list, this should be done every day, The list should be realistic though, and with some understanding built in that not all days are equal—some days we might get a lot done, while others, the motivation wains, and not much is going to happen. But even ticking off small tasks can be a great boost to confidence and give you some satisfaction.
2. Set achievable goals
As mentioned, set achievable goals; especially don’t compare yourself with social media influencers, or even the outward image people are portraying. There is no need to be an overachiever, there has never been a better excuse to just be ‘mediocre’ and focus on the things that are important, taking time for your own mental health and supporting those around you.
And no matter your situation—whether you are looking for work, changing careers, contemplating going back to study—try and take the time out when you are feeling the most relaxed and think what you really want. Where do you want to take your life and what are the steps that you need to take to get there? Create an action plan of sorts, breaking up each goal into all its micro-parts which you can slowly feed back into that to do list.
Setting up a routine is a fantastic way to bring some normalcy back into your life, by breaking down your day into as many parts as you need. This means getting ready in the morning like you would have done pre-pandemic and set clear boundaries around day and night. Make something nice on a Friday night and take some extra time for yourself on the weekends – this will certainly help reduce the feeling that each day and week blurs into one long dream. Setting up this routine is also a great time to build in that to do list, whether you are a night owl or an early bird, pick the time of day that best suits you to think about those things that need doing.
4. Me time
Small breaks make a big difference. Stop and take a deep breath, step away from your computer, make a tea or have a little walk around your house. Most importantly do not watch any screens during your breaks; emails and social media can be a slippery slide into procrastination. Need a quick boost? Put on some music! It can be really depressing to be home all day or even just to watch the news. Music is a great way to boost your mental health and why not combine that with some exercise and dance like no one can see you around the house.
Yes, exercise should be on your to do list every day, this is one that should not be up for negotiation, no matter what your exercise of choice.
Let us know what you think about these tips or what has been your own top tips to stay motivated!