any tips on how to stay motivated when you've lost all motivation? im in my second semester of my last year of high school, and lately ive been having no desire to study or prioritise my work ;;
Hello! I think it is important to remember you’re nearly done! You’ve not got long and studying for these next few months can hopefully help get you where you want to be. When I was in high school I would always think that when I’d graduate and left I’d hate to have a lingering feeling of regret that I should have studied more or wasted less time doing unproductive things. My parents have said to me “I wish I’d tried harder” and I really didn’t want to feel like that. Since I’ve been graduated just over a year, I can tell you that I’m happy with how I did. I’m proud and glad I stuck it out. If you’ve got a goal that you need to achieve to get into university (for instance getting a certain mark), you should use that as motivation. Try your hardest to not only reach it, but beat it! For some other motivation tips, I’ve rounded up some of mine and other ones I’ve come across:
- clear your study space, make it tidy and functional
- write a to do list (either your top 3-5 priorities or a list of everything for each subject)*
- remembering that each small step counts, whatever you’re working for won’t happen overnight so you need to get through it!
- use the app Forest - it is motivational tool that keeps you off using your phone
- map out your day with the tasks you need to do (either fully (like hourly) or just sort of (like doing them either first, second, third,etc))
- think about how good it will feel to improve/pass and how proud you will be of yourself
- remind yourself that studying or doing homework will mean you won’t get that feeling of dread and regret if you fail/receive a lower than expected mark because you didn’t make the effort
- read motivational quotes - try searching Tumblr or Pinterest!!
- don’t be overly tough on yourself - everyone has days where things get left or you just don’t feel like working but don’t beat yourself up for taking a bit of time to gather yourself
- rewards!! (could be watching a new episode of your favourite show, seeing friends, buying that top you really want)
- remembering that you’re lucky to get an education and that it can make a huge difference to your life/future
- understanding that your current situation is not your final destination and working will get you closer!
- use two minute rule - if something takes under two minutes, just do it. Then repeat.
- set your self a goal and break it down into manageable objectives, follow each point through till you’re smashing your goals!
- purchasing new stationery
- knowing that mistakes aren’t a huge deal - you learn from them and can move on!! You aren’t failing in any way, just figuring out that you need to change your approach
- make it fun by either testing out cool new study methods, finding a study buddy, or listening to your favourite music (that is if you can work productively whilst doing so - if not try Spotify’s ‘focus’ playlist!)
- track your progress - either use a habit tracker or your calendar and mark off each day you do something you need to (maybe review notes, read a chapter of your textbook, etc). Seeing a chain of your progress will make you not want to break it!
- always do just a little bit more - five more minutes, one more answer! Push through. Work at your self discipline.
- try challenges like 100 days of productivity (could be subject specific or whatever you like - tailor it to suit you)
- create/go through studyblr + find inspiration - posting your own things can be super motivating or if you see a mindmap or some notes you like, try to recreate your own version with your notes!
- take breaks when necessary - don’t force yourself to over do it, burning out isn’t a good option. Take time out to relax, exercise, sleep, etc. When you go back you’ll be refreshed and ready to work!
- stay positive - yes it can be hard to stay motivated but think of how much better it will be when you’re achieving the marks/recognition/whatever you’re hoping for!!
- use a planner or printables to organise your monthly, weekly and daily activities - you’ll see what is upcoming and be more likely to get things organised before the time comes if you’re reminded! You can check out mine here.
- make quick draft plans on big essays or assessments - when you first get it, you’ll have an idea what to write about since it is fresh in your mind. Jot those point down, then make a semi detailed outline of every part of the assessment. When it comes to starting it, you’ll be much more motivated since you don’t have to start from scratch and can check off bit by bit
- find an accountability partner - find a friend (could be your school friend or someone on Tumblr) who can keep you on track by messaging regularly to track your progress with something. You won’t want to disappoint them so you’ll do whatever you’ve told them needs doing!
I hope that helps! :-) xx