It can be difficult to work on projects and prepare for tests and exams when you are self-isolating and engaged in online learning.

  • Reflect on your past and current successes, and name your strengths: find motivation in the things you know you do well and what you look forward to.
  • Write out your goals for the semester, and then break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. The SMART Goal Worksheet below offers a good model for these steps.
  • Set a timer for 5 minutes and attempt the first step on your list. Don’t censor yourself or hold back: give yourself permission to experiment without self-criticism. After the timer goes off, you might have the momentum you need to move forward or a sense of the questions you need to ask. Take a break if you need to, but try to build up your capacity to do work.
  • If you are still getting stuck, try increasing your dopamine by listening to music or engaging in physical activity right before you attempt the first step on your list.

Check out our Motivation and Procrastination handout below: it has helpful advice on dealing with projects and self-management.

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