5 Ways to Stay Motivated at Home

Finding Control During Times of Uncertainty

Even though you can't attend campus visits and college fairs right now, there are plenty of things you can do from your couch to stay on track! 

  • Establish a routine
  • Write a to-do list
  • Get active
  • Stay connected
  • Clear your head

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Even though you can't attend campus visits and college fairs right now, there are plenty of things you can do from your couch to stay on track! 


Establish a routine.

Without a set schedule, a leisurely morning can easily drift into a lazy day. When you’re in school, you have bells that indicate the time of day and consequences, like tardy slips, that hold you accountable. Without a class schedule, it can be difficult to maintain consistency. So, find a new routine. Set your alarm, get dressed, eat breakfast, and “get to class” (even if that means your new desk is the kitchen table) by the same time every day.

Write a to-do list.

Start by figuring out what you want to accomplish by the end of the day. Factor in things you already have on the calendar, like e-learning requirements and homework assignments. Then, add in some small tasks that will help you accomplish your personal goals. For example, if you want to read a new book, jot down “read at least one chapter today” on your list. Or, maybe you want to improve your ACT® test score. Make it a goal to complete 30 minutes of ACT® Academy™ every other day.

Get active.

Even though you’re limited, there are still options to break a sweat. Stream a home workout on YouTube or turn up the music and choreograph a dance. If you can safely distance yourself from others, walk your dog or go for a jog outside. Getting fresh air and exercise will help keep your mind clear and find balance in your day.

Stay connected.

Having meaningful conversations with friends and family members is a great way to reboot when you’re bored or listless. When physically seeing somebody you care about isn’t a possibility, text messages, social media, phone calls, and video chats can help you connect to others.

Clear your head.

When there are things happening out of your control, it can be hard to focus on completing a easy tasks. One way to tame anxieties is by acknowledging them. Write down your fears in a journal, share your concerns with a friend, or simply say your worries out loud to yourself. Getting these burdens out of your head can make them less powerful and allow more space for positive thoughts.