Some students are naturally motivated to attend all classes, completing assignments on time and sticking to their study schedules. For most others, staying motivated throughout the academic year can be very challenging. If you have trouble keeping yourself motivated to get through yet another day of studying, there are several tips and tricks that can help.
Set clear goals and rewards
Rather than vague general goals, set concrete, achievable and specific goals. Break down large goals into smaller tasks that will seem more manageable and less daunting. When you complete a goal, reward yourself for your hard work. For example, for every study session you complete, reward yourself with a set time on the internet or your favorite show on the TV. However, your break time should be quick and must have a set time limit to ensure you don’t end up wasting more time.
Get rid of all distractions
One of the reasons most students can’t complete their tasks on hand is because they get distracted by their environment. Find a quiet place like a café or a library to study so you won’t run into friends. Switch off your phone or put it on silent so you would not be distracted by text messages or calls. Whenever possible, stay away from the computer since it is too easy to be lured away by e-mail forwards, videos and social media networks. If you need the computer to study, think about at least turning off the internet.
Organize your schedule better
Regardless of the task at hand, the best way to complete it successfully is by organization. Plan your week in advance to list out all the tasks you need to complete and the time you can allocate to each task. Having a set schedule will keep you on track and help you stay away from procrastination. However, it is also important to understand that packing in too much within a day can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Use your resources and time wisely and organize your day based on your real priorities in life. Fun activities also deserve a place in your schedule so aim at achieving a healthy balance between play and work.
Find what inspires you
Sometimes you just need to find what inspires and helps you get through another day of presentations, papers and exams. For some people inspirational images and quotes might do the trick because regular affirmation helps them stay positive and take on any challenge that comes their way. For others, healthy competition with a friend works better. You may also want to read inspirational news articles, biographies of successful individuals or speak to a professor or a career counselor to help you stay on track and be more productive.
Find support from others
Since we are all social beings, we need to rely on others to be productive, stay motivated and happy. Having family and friends that support your academic goals can make a huge difference in your motivation levels. Try joining a study group if you have problems studying alone. Having someone by your side can also make boring tasks more enjoyable and fun. This in turn ensures that you do not lose interest in your goals and stay motivated.
Strive for improvement and believe that you can achieve anything
Always set realistic goals for yourself and accept the fact that all goals are difficult and require persistent efforts. If you are truly committed to your goals, you will definitely see results. Focus on self-improvement and continue to work on your goals regardless of how frustrated you might feel from time to time. Having the right attitude makes all the difference and if you believe in yourself, you can achieve just about anything.