Staying Motivated During Quarantine

How do you differentiate your days when in quarantine? Does setting daily goals help? Do you have strategies for staying motivated to complete those goals?

It can be hard at times to stay motivated when you are working from home, staying at home, and basically being at home 24/7.  Days blends into each other and weeks go by with not much changing.

So how to you differentiate your days? How do you find ways to stay productive and motivated?

Set Goals

I find that setting daily goals for myself that will make me feel productive about the day really helps.  For example, today I will take some time to clean my kitchen cupboards or today I will brainstorm ideas of projects that needs to be completed around the house.   To me, setting goals that are achievable in a day so that you each day you can celebrate a success and that there is something to sets that day apart from the next is key.

Write Your Success Story

Keeping a weekly (or monthly) journal of what you completed each day is also a strategy that can work well.  There is nothing more satisfying than reviewing your list on a Saturday night and seeing a long list of quality projects that you completed during the week.  It will motivate you for continued success and drive you to find more projects for the following week.

If You Are Still Struggling….

Sometimes setting goals can be great but getting the motivation to actually do them can still be lacking.  In times like these it’s important to know what your go to strategies are to boost your mood.

Do motivational videos give you that boost?  Does journaling help put you in a better mindset?  What about an afternoon of soothing music enhance your mood?  Whatever it is that does the trick for you the time will be well spent on that activity.  It will help you get out of the rut you may have found yourself in and essentially give you a reset on your motivation and energy levels.

How do you Stay Motivated During Quarantine?

Are projects your go-to strategy?  Do you track them mentally or on paper as a way to keep yourself motivated? What other strategies have you found helpful for keeping each day distinct and a success story?


54 thoughts on “Staying Motivated During Quarantine

  1. Setting goals has been huge for me this quarantine. I treat myself to takeout whenever I hit them. I like journaling your successes for the week though! I may have to do that as well.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have been setting daily goals whilst being stuck inside for the past few months, it has definitely helped keep me motivated and I feel good about myself too once I tick of the goals! Its definitely important to celebrate the successes too! Great post

    Chloe xx

    1. I do set goals, but I love your idea of writing my success story to help me remain motivated during quarantine. Thank you for the tip.

  3. I work from home so I’m still living in quite a structured environment but I can definitely see how these things would be really helpful if you had a lot of empty time on your hands. I think setting goals is important regardless of the situation x


  4. My lockdown days are pretty much the same as my pre-lockdown days, accept with added video chat sessions with my partner. As for motivation, I’ve always struggled with that, but the lockdown hasn’t had much of an affect on it

  5. Things haven’t changed much for me during quarantine – I work from home anyway so the only additional challenge has been juggling homeschooling – thank goodness it’s the summer holidays now! Lisa

  6. I love using lists to stay motivated. I usually break down my tasks into smaller ones too, so that I can see my progress as I check things off the list 🙂

    1. That’s a great idea – it really helps you stay motivated if you can experience successes along the way to achieving the ultimate goal.

  7. Great post! Staying motivated and focused can be the hard part. Writing things down and listening to motivational videos are good ideas. Doing projects around the house can also be a productive way of dealing with it. Blogging and posting positive posts keep me motivated. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I’m no longer working at home, but while I did music was a huge help in keeping me motivated. I also created to-do lists and checked off each activity as they were completed. I may or may not have also treated myself depending on the activity that was completed.

  9. For me writing out my schedule of no more than three things to do has been very helpful! I am able to successfully finish those task and celebrate a win! The beginning of quarantine was very hard and it took me a while before actually implementing my goals.

  10. I think I’ve been pretty motivated during quarantine in terms of my personal projects. The thing I’m struggling with is balancing all of the tasks and projects to make sure that I stay on top of all of them. I’m still working full time but mostly at home. So, that frees up some time for other things, and unfortunately, I try to take on too much sometimes. But these are great tips for staying on top of things.

  11. Good read. Staying motivated to move on during the Covid-19 crises is important. This pandemic should not stop us from being productive every day 🙂

  12. Its really an important topic for discussion. Everyday we are coming across suicides in different parts of the world.

    Thank you

  13. Lockdown has been such a rollercoaster hasn’t it! Some days I’m super motivated, some days I’ve not got dressed until lunchtime. Setting goals really helps me, even if they’re really small! Becca x

  14. I find that speaking to my friends about my goals helps me to stay focused on the end game as well. Thanks for sharing these tips, Lisa! 🙂

  15. I’ve really struggled staying motivated during the last few months but I’m definitely finding that setting some tasks for the day and goals for the week is helping me just keep my focus. Sometimes I don’t care what I’m doing, as long as I’m doing something! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Nice post. I usually set goals to keep me motivated. Reading inspiring quotes and books as well as watching motivational videos has also helped.

  17. I set small daily goals like emptying the dishwasher or tidying the lounge to keep me motivated but not get too overwhelmed 🙂 xx

  18. During lockdown I completely lost track of what day of the week it was but that was ok because I had routine. I have dogs so I had to walk them then during the day I would find other things to get on with. I started painting and found out I’m quite good at it. I also started on a photo album.

    Tea in the Tub

  19. I definitely agree that being organised is important whilst there has been many months of working from home. So, I have found ways to break up my weekdays at the start of lovkdown by following a live workout online that’s on at the same time and so it becomes a habit. Some of the classes that I was joining moved online and so help me to remember which day of the week it is too!

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