Being in sixth year, motivation is something I need a lot of to even make it through a week. Today, I thought I’d share some of my methods of staying motivated, and some things I do to make it just a bit easier. Of course, I’m no expert on these things, but I have found that these things have helped me and may be of use to other people who have trouble motivating themselves.
Listen to Music
I’m a firm believer that there’s music out there for every moment, and for me music is something which really has the power to make me want to focus, work hard and achieve things. Sometimes when I feel really unproductive and demotivated I’ll allow myself to listen to one motivational song before focusing again and it helps me to get back into the right headspace. I’ll be doing a future post of some of the songs which I find motivational in a spotify playlist!
Plan Things you Want to Do
This is one I definitely know from experience – if I have a week, or sometimes even a day when I don’t have anything planned that I’ll enjoy, I really feel myself cracking up. It’s so important to include things that I’ll look forward to, whether that’s watching one episode of Friends after my homework, or Skyping a friend for a chat, or when I have slightly more time making plans to go places. This weekend, for instance, I plan to go to the #CorkBlogMeet15 and it’s making a study-filled midterm slightly easier to get through.
Write out Goals and Objectives
Making a list of things you have to get through makes it so much easier to focus. A study plan, to-do list, timetable – whatever it is you have to do, making a list and writing it down will help you to get straight into doing it rather than wasting time and debating what to do. I always plan my time at the start of every week to include exercise and music practice as well as all the necessary study. I know that if I didn’t do this I’d get really bogged down in school work, and I wouldn’t be able to work in things I look forward to.
Have a Cuppa’
In my experience, if you’re not being productive, sitting at a desk and start at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing isn’t going to change your frame of mind. To motivate myself again I sometimes find it’s necessary to make a cup of tea or just to get up from my desk for ten minutes to shake off that “stuck” feeling. Everyone has different ways of doing this, so find whatever works for you and don’t be afraid to get up and take a break for a few minutes.
Make Sure the Temperature is Right
There’s nothing worse than trying to be productive when it’s either too cold or too hot where you’re working. I’m always studying in my dressing gown, with a heater on, and a cup of tea in my hands. It’s so demotivating and distracting if it’s cold! Make sure you put on a jumper, make a hot water bottle or do whatever else you see as necessary to make the temperature right.
There’s nothing like fresh air, and I’m actually so guilty of locking myself in my room all day. It’s so important to get outside, so I try to get out when I can. It’s really helpful when you need to clear your head and take a break in order to settle down again. Sometimes I even find it motivates me to take my books outside, if it’s particularly nice day.
These are some things that motivate me – different things work for everyone, but it’s really important to find what works for you! I’m always trying to find new things which help me to focus and motivate myself, some which work and some which don’t. Staying motivated isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary!