5 Tips On Staying Motivated When Working/Studying From Home

When coronavirus arose my college closed down and we all had to study from home. At first, I found it very exciting as it felt like an early summer but I soon realised the reality of it. Working from home is stressful, hard work and challenging. I really took for granted my teacher as she was always there to help. Sometimes I would be in the middle of writing my assignment and I would turn round from my desk and ask a really quick question and then carry on. But I soon found that It wasn’t that simple anymore.

Working from home during lockdown meant working independently. This was more of a struggle than I thought it would have been. I couldn’t just turn round and ask a simple question but write out an email every time I needed a questioned answered. So, in the beginning, I found it very challenging and hard work but I soon I became quite good at it. Here are my five tips that helped me get through.

My first tip is creating a routine. During the lockdown, I kept my routine very similar to what it would have been if I was at college. I got up at 7am and I started my work at 9am then I would work through until 3pm. I did this Monday to Friday and had the weekends off. Routine really motivates me and kept me going through lockdown when we couldn’t do the things we usually would enjoy.

Get Dressed. I know this might sound a bit obvious to some people but there were days when I just wanted to stay in my dressing gown all day and work from my bed. However, I always found that I wasn’t as productive and didn’t feel as if I had accomplished much that day. So getting up, getting dressed and applying some make-up always made me feel better and more motivated.

Create a workspace. I’m very fortunate and have the space for a desk and office area so I don’t need to create a space where I work but sometimes I would change it up a bit if it was a nice day to work outside or at the dining table. This specific area that you choose to do your work make sure it is somewhere peaceful and aren’t going to be disturbed every 5 minutes.

Set up for the next day. Sometimes I lack motivation because I don’t know what I need to do because I haven’t looked at what my next assignment is. But I usually find if the night before I just have a brief read of the topic and see what I need to do it helps me prepare for it mentally the next day. I also layout all the resources that I will need for the next day on my desk. Sometimes I will also open files and start the title of my next assignment because it just really helps me to approach the next day with determination.

Stay in contact with friends in your class or colleagues. When you stay in contact with people that are doing the same things as you it helps you keep motivated knowing that others are doing it as well makes you not want to be behind. I also find it helpful to discuss with my friends their views and opinions on certain assignments. We have a big group chat for my class and whenever anyone needs to ask a question they ask in the group chat.

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Why you should keep your goals on the down low…

I always have goals and aspirations. I have my big life goals so what I’d like to do as a career, then my not so big more just for fun life goals such as running a marathon and then I have my smaller more weekly goals. Every Sunday night I write down my plan for the week and all the things I need to accomplish by the end of the week. Usually, they are my assignments for college and a couple of runs but all of my smaller/weekly goals all help me get closer to my bigger goals in life.

Having aspirations and goals in life help me to keep motivated on the down days when I don’t feel too good or even when I have setbacks. I would describe myself as a very motivated person so I don’t give up easily. I put that down to my stubbornness. Although I hate being stubborn sometimes in this particular area it is useful for achieving goals.

However, good it is to have all these goals in life you must know how to handle them to avoid disappointment of discouragement from others. I found from previous experiences of telling people about my life goals that a lot of the time people will put them down. This could be a reflection of their feelings or because they don’t see or know your potential. So you must pick wisely who you tell them to avoid these situations.

Another problem is that you may come across the “copy cats”. People which I cannot stand! I mean I don’t mind when people want to know where a piece of clothing is from or a pair of shoes but when people deliberately copy everything you do it drives me insane. My mum used to tell me to see it as a complement which I guess it is but it is still annoying after a while. This may not annoy everyone and some people might like it. I have quite a big perfume collection and whenever I go out I usually get asked what perfume i’m wearing because they smell good. Now I will bitterly admit it but back when I was at school I used to say that I couldn’t remember what it was called. I think perfume is personal and the thought of having someone else walk round school smelling of my favourite perfume and potentially ruining it for me was too much lol.

Now after you have picked wisely who you tell your goals too you must think about how much you tell those people for a couple of reasons. One being you may never reach that goal and it could be embarrassing for you or because your goals may change as your get older. I just tell close friends and family what my goals are and luckily for me they are very encouraging.

What if you have already made the mistake and told people then been through all of the above well don’t worry. Whenever someone tells me I can’t do something whether they are trying to be supportive or just being a complete twat it always makes me more determined to do it more. One of my favourite things is proving people wrong. So you should use that same attitude.

How I cleared my skin with a product that cost £0.42 from Tesco!

So I had beautiful radiant skin up to the age of about 13 and then I started breaking out really bad all over my face. I tried every wash and cream for spots and even went to the doctor about it. They put me on medication for it that worked for a while but then the spots started to occur again. So I just stopped taking the medication.

I don’t have oil or dry skin just in the middle. So I wasn’t really sure what caused it. Then I started using this dove soap bar on my face in the shower. I did previously already use it on my body but I thought I’d try it on my face. Over a long period of time I started to realise that this soap bar is clearing my skin up.

So now every morning the first thing I do is wash my face with it and then I use it again in my evening skincare routine. I find if I use new face washes or scrubs I break out and it really irritates my skin. However, my skin will still break out if I have been eating lots of rubbish food or I’ve been stressed but apart from that my skin is usually clear. Now you may be able to use different types of soap bars but this is the one that works best for me. I will also exfoliate once a week with Liz Earl exfoliator as this is another product I find that won’t break my skin out.

My Evening Skincare Routine

Sometimes I think I actually prefer taking my make-up off more than I enjoy applying it. I find removing my make-up very therapeutic because I have made a routine that I thoroughly enjoy.

What Colours Suit you best?

Now obviously when finding the colour that suits you the best you have to take in all the other aspects as well such as eye colour and skin tone. I remember once wearing a bright orange jumper…

My Evening Skincare Routine

Sometimes I think I actually prefer taking my make-up off more than I enjoy applying it. I find removing my make-up very therapeutic because I have made a routine that I thoroughly enjoy.

So, the first thing I do is remove my false eyelashes if I decided to wear them that day. I ensure that I get all of the old glue off and brush them with an eyelash brush before putting them away. This just makes them nice for the next time I use them. I take a small amount of coconut oil and rub it over my eyes and face to remove all of my make-up.

Next, I get my cotton pad (reusable ones) and wipe off as much make-up as possible. Using coconut oil on your face may not be for everyone I know some rumours say it blocks your pores but I’ve been using it to remove make-up since I’ve been wearing make-up! I just find it easy and gentle on my skin.

WARNING (for people that fake tan their face)coconut oil will remove fake tan.

Now for my favourite step washing it all off. I use my dove soap bar and apply the soap all over my face. Then I will splash my face with water. I usually do a second wash with the Dove soap bar as well except when taking removing the soap I use a flannel. This helps me know if I have removed all of the make-up.

Once I have patted my face dry with a towel I will apply some Liz Earl instant boost skin tonic to a reusable pad and apply this to my face. I will leave this to dry and I won’t go in with my last step for another hour or so.

The last thing I do is apply moisturiser. I switch between two moisturisers depending on how dry my skin is. But the one I am using currently is the Liz Earl super skin moisturiser. But on days where my skin isn’t as dry, I might use something lighter such as the simple hydrating light moisturiser. Lastly, I moisturise my lips with Nivea lip butter in berry blush.

What colours suit you best?

Occasionally I will find a dreamy dress or a beautiful coat. Sometimes I might even see other people walking round in the coat that I really want. But when I get into the shop and finally try it on it looks absolutely horrible. However, if I try it in a lighter colour I notice that It always looks better. For quite a long time I was oblivious to the fact that the colour of clothing can really change your appearance. My mum who is also blonde like me suits pink. I notice whenever she wears pink she gets so many compliments. Its as if the pink brings out the colour of her blue eyes and makes her skin radiant.

Now obviously when finding the colour that suits you the best you have to take in all the other aspects as well such as eye colour and skin tone. I remember once wearing a bright orange jumper. I look back on it now at the pictures and oh my it made me look ill! My skin looks so pale and my blue eyes look barely noticeable. However, some people can absolutely rock an orange jumper.

This is all a personal preference because you can wear what they like. As long as you like what you’re wearing and feel good in it it doesn’t matter what colour. But for myself, I like to know what I’m wearing suits me. So my favourite colours to wear are light pastel colours, nudes and White. Now I’m not saying I will avoid all other colours but when I go shopping these are the colours I focus on the most. I guess it’s trial and error and you should find things that make you feel good. So, down below I’m going to list some colours that may suit your hair colour. Try it and let me know. Again this is just my personal opinion you may disagree.

Blonde hair – Pastel pinks, light blues, brown, beige, light green, turquoise, pale purple and a little red.

Brunette hair – Deep pinks, bright blues, greens with a yellow undertone, bright red, burgundy and plum.

Black hair – bright colours such as red, jewel tones, blue, turquoise and green, bright pink, berry colours, bright yellow and plum.

Red hair – green purple, blue, red, white and black

My Evening Skincare Routine

Sometimes I think I actually prefer taking my make-up off more than I enjoy applying it. I find removing my make-up very therapeutic because I have made a routine that I thoroughly enjoy.

How I cleared my skin with a product that cost £0.42 from Tesco!

So I had beautiful radiant skin up to the age of about 13 and then I started breaking out really bad all over my face. I tried every wash and cream for spots and even went to the doctor about it. They put me on medication for it that worked for a while but then the spots started to occur again. So…

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