Staying motivated can be incredibly tricky. Whether you’re in school, thinking about going back to school or just thinking about having to get out of bed on a chilly morning, motivation is something that seems to come and go as it pleases.
Unfortunately, motivation is something we cannot simply conjure up out of thin air, and more often than not it’s the times in which we need motivation the most that we cannot seem to find it.
Studying for a test, a big assignment, eating well, exercising. These are all things that require motivation, effort and consistent determination and will power. Sounds tough? Maybe, but not impossible.
Luckily for you, I’ve scoured the internet in order to put together a comprehensive little system so that you don’t have to.
These don’t need to be complete transformations of your weekly routine, however they are useful for capitalising on your week. A huge demotivating factor is lack of productivity which only compounds a damaging cycle.
Anything that works for you to create consistency. With productiveness comes motivation!
This could be waking up an hour earlier to get that little bit of extra work done, setting aside dedicated study hours and eliminating distractions (I’m talking to you ‘do not disturb’ mode).
Next, use something you’re genuinely passionate about as a rewards system
This could be anything. Anything that you can set a time limit on. This will not only keep you motivated to stay on track, but it will also improve your relationship with the things you love.
This goes hand in hand with the systems you’ve set in place.
Your favourite snack, music, art, an episode of television show, a cuddly pet or good quality time with friends.
Preparation is key – and I’m not just referring to your coursework
Being one step ahead is so important for self-motivation. If you feel as though you do not have enough time in your daily routine to prepare for the next day, sit down and look through your schedule.
Allowing yourself the ‘luxury’ of preparing some healthy food for the week, looking over your coursework, re-reading that essay or simply preparing for a busy weekend. All of this will mean that you’ve taken the extra steps to ensure you stay motivated for the next week!
How much time are you spending aimlessly scrolling on your phone? Take a look. It might surprise you.
And finally, be gentle with yourself
Remember that nobody is perfect, and that being motivated takes time and effort. It’s a skill that is actually developed and built upon over time.
If you find that you’ve started an episode of your favourite television show and somehow ended up watching the entire series, don’t beat yourself up. You’re only human (and Netflix is a dangerous trap).
We all fall down, but having the framework to build yourself back up the next day is all that matters.
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