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15 Ways To Stay Motivated During Quarantine

Quarantine has been tough, but you can do it!

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1. Create a daily checklist

Drawing of a checklist
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It's important to plan out your day in advance, so you don't waste any time. Building on this good habit can lead you down a path towards success.

2. Map out your future goals

Mapping out your goals can be the first step to achieving your dreams. When you have a set plan, things are much easier to accomplish in the future, and it keeps you motivated to grind now.

3. Pick up a new skill

Have you always wanted to try watercolor painting, or maybe you thought learning to play the guitar would be cool? Now is the time to do it! Sometimes all we need is a new experience to find our true motivation.

4. Pick up a novel

Drawing of a person reading a book called "Ways To Be Great"
Elaé Hill / BuzzFeed

The perfect way to pass the time while still feeling productive is by reading. Pick up a new book that grabs your attention or reread an old favorite.

5. Exercise your mind and body

One of the best ways to keep your motivation going is by pushing yourself while working out to remember exactly what you're capable of.

6. Reorganize your environment

Sometimes a new, cleaner environment is exactly what you need to give yourself a change in perspective.

7. Turn yourself into a chef

Drawing of a chef saying "bon appetit!"
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Try cooking something new! Tutorials and online classes are a great way to figure out how to make that dish you've been craving in quarantine — like lobster mac and cheese.

8. Take steps to tackle your procrastination

It can be easy to run away from the things that stress you out, but you must handle them eventually. When you notice yourself putting off your responsibilities, remind yourself that the sooner you finish them, the sooner you can relax.

9. Keep an open mind

Quarantine can be tough, but one key to maintaining motivation during hard times is remembering to stay positive. A positive thinker sees the invisible — finding motivation and opportunities where others might not.

10. Give yourself time to clear your head

Drawing of a man sitting and trying to focus
Elaé Hill / BuzzFeed

Set aside some time to take yourself away from the present moment. Life can feel overwhelming and it's important that we take care of ourselves. Taking time to reflect and relax can be healing for your mind and thoughts.

11. Tune into inspiration figures

Films and motivational icons that touch our spirit remind us of the bigger picture overall. They tell us the things we need to hear and can be the push that gets the ball rolling again.

12. Don't forget to let yourself have fun

It's important to give yourself breaks from the things that are stressing you out. Indulging in something fun can help you regain your momentum in the long-run.

13. Check in on the people you care about

Elaé Hill / BuzzFeed

Your loved ones can be a driving force — the reasons you do the things you do. A video call full of nostalgic moments and good laughs can give you the energy you need to get yourself going again.

14. Experience new environments

Quarantine doesn't mean you can't still have new experiences and see new places. Get some fresh air or go on a walk somewhere you've never been before. New surroundings can help create new ideas and motivation for the things you're stuck on.

15. And finally, work on improving your time management

Time management is a work in progress for many of us, but your days will be much more productive when you're not wasting time. Pick up that new skill, finish that assignment, and push yourself to keep going. This is a life skill that will come in handy in the days to come, and you'll definitely be thanking yourself later.