With a lot of education being taught remotely, it can be harder than ever to get that motivation to get going. Whether you’re attending face to face lessons, or studying from home, here are a few tips you can take on board to help with motivation.
I always stress how important it is to have some sort of routine in your life. I very much have a routine in place where I wake up around 7am, shower, eat breakfast, walk the dog and then start work around 9am and finish about 5pm. I obviously take regular breaks, but I find sticking to this on the weekdays enables me to be ‘prepared’ to sit down and get on with my studies and any other work I have to do.
Set yourself the hours you’re going to work, and remember to factor in breaks. Establishing a routine may be difficult at first, but it’ll soon become the norm.
I find that taking a 10 minute break every hour, just to stretch my legs and get away from my laptop screen, really helps me stay focused and motivated. It’s important to get up, stretch your legs and get some fresh air throughout the day.
Taking regular breaks will prevent you from burning out and feeling unmotivated for the rest of the week. It’ll also help you to retain information and feel prepared to tackle another task.
What you eat and drink really has an impact on your body, and therefore how you feel in yourself. Make sure that you’re eating your 3 meals a day and staying hydrated. A cold bottle of water whilst studying will keep you from feeling drowsy and will help keep you motivated.
Start your day or week off by writing a to do list of everything you need to get done, and put your tasks for the day in order of priority. Aim to complete those of highest priority first, so that you can ensure they’re completed by the end of the day.
Once the hardest task it out of the way, you’ll feel accomplished and more motivated to get the smaller, easier tasks done.
Switch up your study method! As you progress throughout education what once worked may not work anymore. Don’t be scared to try something else, whether that be handwritten or digital notes, flashcards or even mind maps!
The main aim is to make studying as enjoyable as possible for you in order to keep yourself motivated. This is exactly why I hand write my ‘pretty’ notes, the better they look the more inclined I’m going to be to look at them again!
Everyone has their reason why they’re doing what they’re doing. Think about what your motive is behind your studies. Where is it you want to be in 5 years? Why are you studying what you’re studying? What’s the end goal from this situation? How is it going to benefit your future?
That’s the most motivating thing for me. I know that if I don’t put in the hard work now, no one else is going to do it for me. It’s all on me to put in the time to study and work hard, so that I can progress into a good job later in life and make a nice life for myself.
Thinking about that end goal will really motivate you, dream big and believe in yourself that you can do anything if you put the work in.
On the days where I’m feeling rather unmotivated, I use the app Forest to set a timer for an hour and grow a tree. If I leave the app, I know the tree will die which obviously isn’t what you want. I’ll use that and then set myself some kind of reward for when that hour passes, whether it be watching a 10 minute YouTube video, or scrolling through socials for 10 minutes.
Setting yourself a reward for doing X amount of time studying will help keep you motivated. It gives you a reason to carry on doing what you’re doing, and something to look forward to when you’ve completed that task!
Most importantly, make sure you’re taking time to relax. The key to staying motivated and preventing burnout is to know your limits and know when you’ve done enough for the day, or when you’re simply not feeling it.
Take some time to practice some form of self-care, whether that be a relaxing bath, doing your skincare routine, going for a walk, eating some snacks or watching your favourite series.
Make sure you’re switching off for the day once you’ve completed your set hours of studying.
I hope these tips help some of you! ❤