During The COVID-19- Increasing Motivation

During The COVID-19- Increasing Motivation

We can overcome this temporary process together, you can use this resource to manage your academic routine.

Currently, things may seem to be out of control with the outbreak.
You can face with many unknowns in a house with the family all day or far from the family and your loved ones.
First of all, the most important point is that you should take care of your health!
Making arrangements to work efficiently will help you remember that although there are many uncertainties, still some things may be under your control.

1. Create an efficient workspace! - While you are used to studying in the library or in a cafe, it may be different for you to be in a house with many people at the same time or to be completely alone.
  • Designate an area without a surplus, a chair, and an area where there is clean air, and heat, and sound, and light is adjusted correctly.
  • Get rid of the pyjamas as you start your morning routine rather than spending the whole day in pyjamas that evokes rest.

2. Streamline the hours of the activities through a program!
  • Making a calendar on a program of daily, weekly or monthly courses, activities, and personal time helps to create a routine and motivate you.
  • Scheduling sleeping, waking up, working, exercising, watching television, listening to music, etc. times will enable you to act more systematically and make you productive.
  • Tell the people you are connected to about the hours that you work and about when they should leave you alone.

3. Set your goals! - The duties and responsibilities that have increased and became an obstacle like a mountain can cause anxiety. You can divide the projects you need to complete into smaller manageable drafts by sorting the topics and tasks to be studied in order of importance.

4. Work on a single draft!
  • Focus on one thing at a time.
  • Take breaks between tasks.
  • Consider using the "Pomodoro technique" that will help you get focused. For example, after working 25-50 minutes, reward yourself with 5 or 10-minute breaks.

5. Make the most out of online/synchronous lessons!
  • Stick to the timetable sent from your department.
  • Communicate with academics when you are not clear or would like to consult.
  • Close distracting apps and tabs and focus on your courses.
  • Take notes as you can understand while listening to the recordings of your courses.
  • Watch recorded videos at a normal speed.
  • If you are watching a recorded video, pause the video every 10-15 minutes to review the notes and link the content to the course material.

6. Replace your old strategies with the new ones!
  • Instead of working in bed, you can arrange a place for a desk that takes light.
  • If you were working as a group with your friends, you could create a virtual or telephone-based group work environment.
  • Although you had limited time to work before, you now have an unlimited working hour. If long hours intimidate and make it difficult for you to work, you can start working with 15 minutes by dividing the time into smaller pieces.

7. Remote collaboration may seem different, but not impossible. -In groups that do not see each other constantly away from each other, group projects may have gone unnoticed, by controlling them;
  • Don't forget to add the project deadlines to your schedule to deal with the snooze behavior.
  • You can contact your friends by opening a group message section on your phone to make daily progress.
  • You can talk about the progress with your friends in the group, you can create daily progress purpose.
  • Set common online meeting hours for group assignments. Seeing your teammates will make it easier to stay connected.
  • Sharing of new content researched about the project subject can motivate you and your group.
  • It is the responsibility of a team to control each other in group work. If your group friends do not attend group meetings, ask your friend directly to find out what he/she thinks about joining the group and assignments. If you cannot reach your friend or do not get a response within a day or two, inform your lecturer as soon as possible.

8. Identify the habits that slow you down!
  • If tools such as telephones and televisions are distracting, you can set them aside and use them before or after your study hours.
  • In case of negative thoughts cause you to postpone;
    • writing your thoughts on a piece of paper,
    • investigating the causes and
    • questioning their correctness
    will allow you to change your perspective and create a solution.
  • If you have difficulty working alone, you can create an online team that can work with you.
  • You can shape your environment, which is full of negative perspectives, with an environment that has a more positive perspective.
  • It is up to you to turn your negative internal speech into a positive one.
  • Establish positive expectations about what you can do when you have difficulties, rather than reducing your skills and what you can do.
  • Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. This period can be an opportunity to recognize your weaknesses and to improve your abilities. Focus on solutions instead of problems.

9. Reward yourself when projects are completed, and the topics to be studied are over! -Such as watching funny videos, messaging with friends, eating ice cream, skipping a rope, watching a movie that you wanted to watch.

10. Stay connected with other people! - Staying connected with your family, friends, or lecturers will motivate you. Getting in touch during the hours you set allows you to continue attending classes and deliver projects on time.
*Contact your lecturers when you have questions or concerns.

11. Be patient with yourself and others! - This is a different process than usual, many of us may be in a process that we are not accustomed to or experienced before.
  • Try to be patient with yourself, those around you, your lecturers, or friends.
  • Leave a gap in yourself to make mistakes or fail. Take breaks when you're not feeling well. Just try to do your best, no more.

12. Do not avoid getting professional support on the issues you have difficulties with! - COVID 19 outbreak has been stressful and disturbing for each of us. Emotional responses may vary from person to person in this crisis period. Instead of avoiding, and ignoring unpleasant feelings, you can find alternative ways to feel better. You can get professional support whenever you think you cannot cope with the situations on your own.

13. Remember, like many times, this will also pass! Remember, this is a temporary process, even if COVID-19 has disrupted your exciting travel plan, disrupted your long-awaited birthday plan, or caused you to postpone an important day for you and think it was at the worst possible time. Everything will return to normal.

14. BREATH! Until then take a deep breath, do your best, stay at home, keep your safe distance, rest a little, and wash your hands!

Prepared by: Expert Pschologist Huriye Koruşan E.