Sometimes this quarantine can really bring us down. It can be easy to lose hope, it seems like! We can even fall into laziness. It’s not bad to have a lazy day, but when it becomes a habit in our daily lives, as Catholics we need to make a change. I want to share with you four ways to help stay motivated during this time!
1. Make a to-do list or a schedule!
Have you ever sat down to watch a show or movie, and then you look at the clock and four hours have passed? I know I have. Something that can help is making a schedule at the start of your day. Make a to-do list of everything you want to accomplish, whether it be work tasks, schoolwork, cleaning projects, or anything else! It can even consist of things that you wouldn’t normally do, like organizing a closet. Once you’ve compiled your list of tasks, then make a schedule for the day. It sounds tedious, but it helps ensure that your day is productive. You can even include on your schedule things like making coffee in the morning or watching an episode of your favorite TV show.
At the end of the day, you’ll be able to see all that you’ve accomplished!
2. Say “yes” to opportunities!
There are so many opportunities that are out there, even during this quarantine! For example, you can watch live stream Masses or participate in virtual groups. Try to commit to something you wouldn’t normally do, and then follow through! Chances are, you’ll enjoy it. Either way, you’ll be connected with people, and at least you’re doing something. You never know the impact that participating in something uplifting can have on your life!
3. Commit to a new prayer!
No matter where you are in your prayer life, there’s always ways that you can grow even closer to Jesus. Try to commit to one new prayer every day. For example, you could start saying the Regina Caeli (the prayer that takes the place of the Angelus during the Easter Season) at 6 AM, 12 PM, and 6 PM. Or you could say a prayer, like a Hail Mary, whenever you pass a graveyard to pray for souls. Whatever it is, it can be small, and it should enforce a new prayer habit in your life.
What does this have to do with staying motivated? It is something you’re committed to and doing every day! If you accomplish nothing else, at least you prayed.
4. Be accountable to someone!
You’re more likely to do something if someone is holding you accountable. Find someone that you can talk to every day, every couple days, or every week. Ask each other what you’ve done during the day, and hold each other accountable.