How to Stay Motivated During Remote Learning

By Mikayla Wabe

Posted on December 20, 2020

By Mikayla Wabe

When sitting at home all day, staying motivated can be hard. You may struggle to keep up with all your classes and get your work done on time. Luckily, I’m here to help you find motivation! Here are five tips on how to stay motivated during remote learning.

1. Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule

Although we are at home all day and it may be tempting to stay up all night watching TV, going to bed and waking up at around the same time can help you stay motivated. According to the CDC, kids ages 6-12 should aim for around 9-12 hours of sleep each night while kids ages 13-18 should aim for 8-10. When you have a choppy sleep schedule, you often feel tired during the day making you not want to get anything done.

2. Getting Ready

Staying in pajamas = sleepy mind. Even though they’re comfy, staying in your pajamas can make your body think it’s ready for bed. By getting ready, you’re telling your body that you have a big day of work ahead! Try getting ready as you would on an in-person school day and see how much more awake you feel.

3. Download Apps like Flora

Flora is a really useful app when it comes to staying motivated. This app or any app similar will work. Flora and apps like it, can lock your phone for certain amounts of time to help you stay off of it. In Flora, you are rewarded a virtual tree for staying focused the whole time! Getting on other apps like Snapchat or Instagram will kill your tree. You can even plant trees in the real world if you pay a fee. If studying can help save the planet, I’d say it’s worth it!

4. Time Management

Making a schedule can help you get things done too! Try making a list on paper or your phone of what assignments you want to complete and when. You can put a window of time beside it and aim to complete it during that frame. Lists like these can help hold yourself accountable. You could even set a reward if you finish.

Example: “I can only eat a cookie if I finish my work.”

5. Set Goals

Setting goals is one of my favorite ways to stay motivated. Set some short term goals. What are some things you want to get done this month? What do you want to accomplish by the end of this semester? Next, set some long term goals. What do you hope to achieve by the end of this school year? What are your career dreams?

You can keep these on paper, your phone, or even just in your head. By keeping your goals in mind, it can help you stay motivated. It makes you want to work hard to reach those goals and make your dreams a reality!