How To Stay Motivated During Quarantine Lockdown

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by Tamiko Hope

Being a quarantined creative, like most everyone in this country if not the world, I’m working from home and fighting to stay inspired amidst so much uncertainty. In an effort to keep my energy up, I thought of some ways to stay motivated while on indefinite lockdown and at the request of my girl DJ RootsQueen, I’m sharing with you. After reading, let me know some ways you guys are keeping your spirits high and the creativity flowing.

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  • Write down your top goals or motivational quotes on sticky notes and place them on your bathroom mirror. You’ll be able to see these messages first thing in the morning and also before going to bed at night.


  • Listen to podcasts. I’ve been tuning in more, especially while I’m cooking meals or cleaning the house. Some of my personal favorites are The Secrets to Success, How I Built This, the Gary Vee Audio Experience, The Business of Hype and ANY Nipsey Hussle interview.


  • Read an inspiring book and take notes. I keep a notebook beside me as I read to capture quotes or ideas that resonate with me. I refer back to these notes often when I need a quick mental fix to get my thoughts going in a better direction.


  • Consume IG content from pages that put you in a positive mental headspace whether that’s in travel, fashion, real estate, a spiritual leader or self-care guru.

Understand that this pause in life will eventually be over, so keep in mind where you’d like to be once outside opens back up. Love + wellness to you all.


About the Author

Tamiko Hope got her start in entertainment working for Usher and Goodie Mob before launching her own PR and editorial firm Word Ink. Her clientele has included OutKast, Rocko, Shawty Lo, DJ Toomp, Zaytoven, Sonny Digital, Metroboomin, DJ Spinz, Nipsey Hussle, Que, Nick Grant, DJ Scream and DJ Princess Cut, whom she also manages.  The pair toured with Oprah Winfrey in 2014 on her 8-city Life You Want Tour. Hope served as label publicist for Big Boi’s Purple Ribbon imprint where she oversaw the projects of Killer Mike, Sleepy Brown, Bubba Sparxxx, Konkrete, Scar and Janelle Monae.  She has also contributed to publications and websites such as XXL, Upscale, MTV and Allhiphop.  Hope’s writing skills were tapped by ASCAP to compose the print program feature on Jay-Z to commemorate his 2004 Golden Note Award.  In 2009, she received the Divine Diva Golden Achievement Award at the Minority Mentorship Symposium in Austin, Texas alongside honorees Letoya Luckett and Eve.  

She is the author of the “The Indie Insider” book series with titles that include: “10 Key Facts from Music Industry Insiders” and “5 Key Facts To Building Buzz From Music Industry Insiders.”  Hope also penned the e-book Hip-Hop(e) that features motivational quotes from Jay Z, Dame Dash and Kanye West. She also collaborated with Zaytoven on his debut music guide, “From A To Zay,” as well as the motivational audio series Experience Hope and also launched a podcast of the same name. Hope was born in Atlanta, GA and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from the State University of West Georgia. Hope recently appeared on Jermaine Dupri’s Lifetime reality show The Rap Game, where she lent her media training expertise to a group of five emerging young Hip-Hop artists competing for an opportunity to work with the Grammy winner.

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