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Preserving Productivity: How to Maintain your Motivation during Lockdown

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Earlier in the week, we looked at ways you can regain your motivation during lockdown, but how do you maintain it?

To help you out, we’ve put together some top tips on how you can preserve your new-found productivity and maintain that regained motivation.

Tip 1: Celebrate the Small Things

Make a conscious effort to celebrate the small things that have made you feel positive throughout the day and/or the week. This could be anything from finishing a project for one of your classes or just managing to wash your hair this morning. Whatever it is, take a moment to celebrate the small wins!

Tip 2: Move your Body

Being at home all day long can make it all too easy to stagnate – literally! The days blur into one and before you know it, it’s been a whole week since you left the house!

Going on a daily walk between lessons it’s the perfect way to get some fresh air, absorb some vitamin D and get your body moving. Is the weather not great? Put your favourite song on, turn the volume up and spend 10 minutes dancing around your room.

Tip 3: Embrace your Emotions

2020 was a year that none of us could predict and 2021 is looking like it’s going to continue this theme of unpredictability for a while. Living during these unprecedented times has stirred up an emotional rollercoaster in us all – but that’s completely normal! It’s okay not to feel okay, especially right now.

Share how you’re feeling with friends and family, embrace your emotions and acknowledge that you are justified to feel this way. You are not alone.

Tip 4: Stay Connected

Life is pretty overwhelming right now and many of us feel like we want to retreat into ourselves and hide away until normality returns. While it’s not unusual to feel like this, it is really important to stay connected to your loved ones.

No one can face this alone, and although we cannot physically be with the ones we love, we can stay connected via Zoom calls, texts or a good old fashioned letter.

Tip 5: Set Realistic Goals

We all have big life goals that we want to achieve and often lockdown can feel like we’re having to put these on hold, at least for the time being. Try breaking your big goals down into smaller goals and set realistic daily and weekly targets that you can do to take one step closer.

Setting smaller, realistic targets will reduce your stress and stop you from feeling overwhelmed. When we start to regain some normality in our lives, you will be able to look back at all the small targets you’ve achieved and realise you’ve taken one big step towards your future goal!

Tip 6: Switch Off

Hands up who reaches for their phone first thing in the morning? Yep, we’re guilty of that too.

For the last year, we have all increased the amount of time we spend in front of a screen. While we are relying on technology more than ever for remote learning, working and socialising that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take time to switch off.

Set aside 1 day a week for a digital detox, if that sounds like too much then set aside 1 hour per evening. Turn off your devices and just switch off from the online world for a little while.

Tip 7: Focus on the Future

Looking towards what you want to do after Long Road can be a real motivation booster.

If you have a career or university course in mind then do try learning about the key skills you might need to take your first steps into that particular industry. If you’re not sure what you want to do next then take some time to research different career paths and progression routes open to you.

Look for online resources linked to careers you’re interested in or subjects you enjoy and find advice on boosting your CV or personal statement.

Tip 8: You do you

Think about what structures, routines and activities work for you during lockdown.

If you’re wearing pyjamas all day and are happy doing so, then do it. If you feel your best when you’ve spent time in the morning doing your hair or makeup, then do it. Don’t let other people influence or pressure you to change your behaviour because they think it’s wrong. We are all coping with lockdown in different ways and what works for one person, doesn’t work for another – that’s just life.

Focus on yourself and just do what works for you!