Here's how you can be productive during quarantine!
By Sama Al-Saffar
So, with everything going on in the world right now and with self-isolation, it’s hard to be able to focus your mind on school work and being productive. For me, I like accomplishing and working tasks to help get my mind off things that are out of my control. You may be the same, so here are a few tips to get you motivated and ready to break out of the cycle of laziness.
Create a daily routine:
Now I know this sounds boring and you might think, “Why do I even need this?” But you do. Having your day planned out and knowing exactly what you’re going to accomplish can really give you motivation to get some work done. Create a to-do list with all the things you want to do that day, and hold yourself accountable to actually getting them done. It’s also important to reward yourself when you finish a certain task. For example, if you finish an assignment that has been sitting there for weeks, reward yourself by doing something that makes you happy, such as going for a quick walk or grabbing a snack.
Clean your space:
To fully be able to get work done, you have to have a clean and tidy area that you can work in. You want to make sure that you have all your materials and things that you need for whatever it is that you’re working on. This prevents you from having to get up each time you remember that you forgot something, which leads to procrastination.
Get off your phone:
Especially during this time, we are spending much more time on social media than we usually do, which can take a toll on our mental health. It’s an excuse to procrastinate and avoid doing more important tasks that matter. This just ends up making you feel stressed and not producing your best work. It’s important to take breaks every now and then from your phone and spend that time doing things that you usually don’t have time for. Try going off social media for one week, and see how that changes you.
It’s important to work out and be active at least a couple times a week to keep yourself healthy and motivated. Whether it be a 5-minute workout in your room, or a jog around the neighbourhood, it’s really important to get your body moving, especially if you’ve been sitting around all day.
Even though it is important to get your work done and not fall behind, it’s of equal importance not to burn yourself out. Don’t sit staring at a laptop for hours. Take a nice walk or grab a snack to help re-energize and get yourself back on track. Not taking breaks could lead you to lose motivation in whatever it is you’re doing, and will make you dread waking up every morning and working.
Productivity is important, and it’s one of the best feelings when you go to bed feeling that you have accomplished something that day, but your mental health always comes first. If you feel that working just makes you feel more stressed, then try a different approach. Break your tasks up into small sections so that it doesn’t feel so daunting to get one assignment done. You also don’t have to finish all your work in one sitting. You can split your tasks and do them at different times throughout the day. Just remember not to burn yourself out and keep yourself motivated.