It can be easily overlooked that we are in a global pandemic, and it is okay to not feel as motivated as you did six months ago. Although, finding motivation can be challenging and taxing, it is important to find ways to stay motivated during COVID-19.

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Some days, it is hard to even create a running list of all of the tasks you need to complete in your day, let alone check multiple items off said list.

Oftentimes, we place immense pressure on ourselves to perform the very best we can each day, which can leave one feeling stressed and overworked.

However, it is also important to ensure that you find a balance between implementing self-care tactics and completing tasks asked of you.

This article will provide you with 3 tips to help when you are feeling unmotivated by balancing self-care and accountability.

Maintaining your Motivation during COVID-19 (and Always)

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1) Create a start-of-the-week routine you feel confident in

Every Sunday, I ensure that I set myself up for a successful week by taking a couple of hours to think about what my week will look like.

This includes any foreseeable tasks or projects I need to work on, or “adulting” responsibilities of my life outside of work.

I also really like to take care of myself on Sundays. This means painting my nails if I feel like it, doing a facemask if I can, and stocking up on the food I will need for the week.

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If you can give yourself just a couple of hours on a Sunday to plan for the week ahead, it can drastically improve your outlook on how successful your week will be.

Set yourself up for a week filled with what you can control and let everything else come when it does.

Create a list of things you would like to do on Sundays to set yourself up to be successful. Be intentional in following through with those things.

You can practice mindfulness by being intentional about holding yourself to completing the things you need to complete.

2) Write down your tasks (don’t just keep them in your mind!)

I document all of these tasks on an agenda —but you do not need an agenda to do this.

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Write them down on a sticky note and place that note where you can keep track of what you need to accomplish.

Physically writing out what you must accomplish can be extremely helpful in allowing you to visualize what you will need to do to be successful.

Writing down your tasks can also help you to prioritize the tasks that are most pertinent to complete.

For example, start by writing down everything you know you need to do that week. Check over the list.

Then, star any tasks that you know are time-sensitive or urgent. Finally, re-write your list with your priorities at the top and keep that list with you or place it in an area in which you can regularly check back.

3) Reward your success

What did you accomplish from your task list so far? It could be as simple as making your bed or brushing your teeth.

Reward yourself for what you have accomplished. Train your brain to recognize putting effort into and following through with completing a task.

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According to a study from Cornell University, people who received frequent rewards for completing small tasks reported more interest and motivation.

When you are feeling unmotivated, accomplishing anything can feel like a victory —because it is! Therefore, treat it as such.

Create a reward system that is tailored to what you like. For example, whenever I complete a task I needed to do, I give myself a 5-minute brain break.

Increase the luxury of the reward with higher prioritized tasks you need to accomplish on your list. For example, if I finished a project I really needed to get done, I treat myself to a reward that makes me feel good.

This could be arranging a dinner date with some friends or allowing myself to “unplug” after I get done with my workday.

When you train your brain to expect rewards after motivating yourself to complete your task, you will be surprised at just how much more motivation you can stimulate within yourself.

Key Takeaways

Give yourself a successful head start to your week by planning out what you know you will need to do for that week.

Ensure that you are intentional about completing these tasks ahead of you, by preparing yourself for that success —go grocery shopping, plan out what you will wear to help keep your mornings peaceful, etc.

Keep a list of things you need to accomplish and rewrite that list as many times as you need as your priorities shift.

Reward yourself for what you do accomplish and keep a running list of things you know you enjoy, to hold yourself accountable to the reward system.

Following these simple tips will ensure that you stay motivated during COVID-19 and beyond.

Mindshine is a great way to practice being intentional about giving yourself tools and resources to be successful when you are feeling unmotivated.

Download the Mindshine App (iOS or Andriod) and check our personalized goal plans that give you the tools you will need to stimulate and maintain motivation.

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