Motivation is something which I really struggle to feel at times. I go through stages of random bursts of motivation which last a few days, and then I often find myself slacking off afterwards. We’ve all experienced a lack of motivation, so here’s a few pieces of advice that we can hopefully all refer to.
Do not force it
Before I suggest anything to help you feel motivated, here’s one thing: do not force it. If you really aren’t feeling up to studying today, don’t do it. You’re not going to learn anything if you really aren’t in the mood to.
Why not focus on setting yourself some realistic study goals to accomplish tomorrow?
Have a motive
Having an actual motive really does motivate you to study hard. Ask yourself why you’re studying, what do you want to get out of it? Set yourself a goal that you want to accomplish and work towards that. Think of that goal and use it as a motivating factor to help you study.
For example, my motive is getting into University. I’ve spent three years doing my A-Levels (I completely screwed my first year up). I just want to move on to the next chapter of my life, and that’s what motivates me to work and study hard.
Supplies and surroundings
This is no surprise, but getting to use the ‘fancy’ stationary I buy really motivates me to do some work. Obviously no one needs to spend money on expensive stationary, but having everything you need within reach makes you feel much more on track to get some work completed. Your study space is also a big influence, I personally find that studying at my desk in silence works best for me. However, some people prefer to study in coffee shops, at the library, in another room, with some music. Just find what works for you, and it’ll help you feel motivated to study.
To Do Lists
To Do Lists can be great motivating factors for some people, and for others they can make you feel overwhelmed, leading to procrastination.
Making a to do list allows you to clearly see everything you need to do, and allows you to prioritise what needs to be done now, and what can wait. It allows you to feel motivated to tackle the list, and get the satisfaction of ticking that dreaded task off.
Studying can be mentally exhausting, and having a lil’ study snack on the side provides can help you get through. Try and have snacks that will be good brain food, for example, some fruit.
Finally, reward yourself and reflect on what you’ve done. You may have only done one or two things on your to do list for the day, but so what, you still did something and that’s an achievement.
I hope some of these tips help you guys to get motivated and reflect on the work you’ve done to realise you actually did a good job. If you have any requests of anything you’d like to see on my blog, leave suggestions in the comment box or DM me on Instagram!