Staying Productive in Isolation

Exeter

Niamh Newbould


The change from a University environment, to coming home and being with your family 24/7 isn’t easy, so here are just a few tips to keep on top of your work during this period of change:

  1. Create a routine:

A routine can be as simple as making yourself a coffee every morning before starting your day, or walking your dog after you eat lunch (away from other people of course); whatever it is that stops you from going crazy in isolation.

  1. Have your own space:

You’re used to having your own space to work in at university, so mimic this at home!  Even if it’s just your dining room table, having a space that you come back to each day to do your work will make all the difference.

  1. Set goals and deadlines:

Decide on miniature deadlines in between starting a piece of work and submitting it.  Breaking a task down into a timescale keeps you focussed, and gives you a sense of accomplishment.  Make sure these goals are achievable, and write them down somewhere so you have no excuse.

  1. Start a project:

Take time to work on something that isn’t university related; for example, I’m re-learning violin after 5 years of not playing.  Isolation is a perfect time to learn a new skill, whilst stopping your brain from going numb with uni work.

  1. Reward yourself:

Every time you meet a goal (even if it’s a minor task), reward yourself!!  This may be with food, an episode of that programme, or just 5 minutes scrolling on TikTok.  Rewarding yourself will keep you motivated, and allows you a break from work.

Of course, there are other ways that work for different people, but these are the 5 main tips that work for me, and hopefully they help you too!!

Remember to stay safe and stay at home! 


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