whilst taking my notes

how to stay motivated

hey guys so recently I have had quite a few messages asking me how to stay motivated so I thought I would put it in one post so that people can see how I like to stay motivated and hopefully these tips help you too!


I feel like setting a goal is super important and this is my main source of motivation. I set little mini short-term goals and the odd long-term goal so I am surrounded by aims to get me motivated. 

So what is a short-term goal? A short-term goal is a goal that you want to set for the near future. The near future could be an hour, a day, a week, a month - but something that you can accomplish in a ‘small’ amount of time. Examples could include:

  • Getting up at 7am every morning and starting your work early
  • Reading a chapter of a book a day to improve your reading 
  • No chocolate for a month
  • No studying past 6pm
  • Keep a clean desk

A long-term goal is something that you want to reach but takes a lot longer to achieve. Long-term goals can include:

  • Going to university to study Law
  • Getting straight B’s in next years final exams
  • Landing a career in journalism
  • Gaining/losing X amount of lbs
  • Saving £X so you can go on holiday

I find setting a long-term goal can be helpful, but short-term goals are just as good. I have a long term goal at the moment to work hard and get good grades so I can go to university and study history. Whilst this is a good goal, I also need stepping stones to get me there and to keep that motivation flowing - these are my short-term goals: such as getting more organised for my final year, or getting an A on an essay I’ve written. 

Sometimes people don’t know what to do when they have to set a goal, but think slightly selfish for a bit and think about what you really want and how to get there. This sets up some motivation. I love having a goal because I feel like every small task I complete gets me one step closer to that goal of mine - almost like ticking an assignment off of your to-do list!


Speaking of to-do lists, this brings me on to tip number two. I don’t know where I would be without a to-do list/schedule because without it, I would be an absolute mess. With having so much to do, it is impossible for me to keep a mental list of everything and writing it down helps so much!

Not only does it help me remember what I have to do, it also motivates me in so many ways. First of all, setting one up at the start of the day means that I know exactly what I need to get done and I want to get it done as quickly as I can, but without rushing it and so it makes me start straight away so I can tick things off of my list. 

This brings me on to the second reason why they motivate me so much - because every time you tick it off, you get an amazing feeling of satisfaction and relief that your to-do list is slowly getting smaller. Also, the amount of happiness it brings when you have ticked off everything you have to do is definitely such a good feeling and it is so amazing to know you have finished and you can now relax! Each time you tick something off, it motivates you to get the whole list done.

Schedules work in the same way, as you go through the day, there are less and less things for you to do and it makes you feel gradually more satisfied that you’re coming to the end of your work!

Pro tip: however, it is important to be realistic, if you set a to-do list with 15 things on it, it looks less appealing and you are less likely to do it. go for realistic lists that are long enough to keep you busy but small enough to manage!


This is actually quite simple and original but also helps massively and perhaps one of the most amazing things ever. If I have a massive chunk of homework for a subject, breaking it down into smaller tasks makes my life so much easier and saves me so much agro. 

Of course it isn’t always possible to break it down if your deadline is two days after it is set - but you can always break it down into two halves which makes tackling it seem a lot easier. 

I know some of my friends really don’t like doing this because they would rather just get it done and out the way, but if you are someone like me where motivation needs to hit me like a truck before I get work done, this can be a really good way to tackle projects and homework and isn’t as stressful. Whilst it might take slightly longer due to the breaking up of tasks, I actually find this more productive and makes things so much more manageable so I actually feel like I want to do the small task instead of the one large one. 

I break up the tasks and schedule these broken up tasks on my to-do list. For example, instead of reading a whole chapter and taking notes from my history books, I will just write ‘take notes from page X to page Y’ and it completely changes my frame of mind and makes me more positive.


You probably must be thinking something like, ‘Jess you must be mad! why on earth would you do the hardest task first thats just the worst idea ever?!’ but honestly, this is something that can really change your mood and uplift you for the rest of the day - honestly, this tip works!

I completely understand that in a morning the first thing you are not going to want to do is that physics homework that entails you doing 3 pages of questions on oscillations and harmonic motion. However, doing the hardest task / things you don’t want to do first, not only makes you tackle it with a fresh mind after waking up (or after a break from school or whatever it is you were doing), but also afterwards, you feel more confident and motivated to get the rest of the things done which are more enjoyable and is actually more motivating because you have got the worst thing out of the way.

You also don’t want to not do it and then set it for another day, when you are probably going to procrastinate getting it done. Get it out of the way!

We all know that leaving an assignment you really don’t want to do until last is perhaps the worst thing you can do, as you take one look at it and decide you have had enough and need a break or some sleep. Prioritising this first means that you can get everything done without leaving the thing you didn’t want to do. 


This one is a great one to bare in mind and this really applies to me at the moment and is actually where my main source of motivation has come from since the 18th August (results day!).

For me, getting great results is a massive success, and receiving results such as A’s and B’s makes me very very happy and much more motivated. It gives me a spark of inspiration to keep going to make sure that I keep that up! Whilst I know grades aren’t everything, they are really important to me and so this is why when I get very good results, they motivate me to keep me going to achieve more - and it ends up in a cycle!

However, whilst good grades motivate me to carry on performing at my best and to keep working hard, it is important that I understand my failures too, and so should you. A failure for me isn’t a specific grade as such, but where I am disappointed at myself for getting something or knowing I didn’t perform as well as I should have, or an unexpected failure as I thought I had done better than I did.

From these failures/mistakes, these also motivate me to do better next time, or to focus on improving myself and my technique to be the best I can be. Failures/mistakes can make you more motivated than what your successes can, because it motivates you to find areas of improvement and work hard and improve techniques so that you can get to where you want to be - you can get to that goal! 

Successes and failures are so important in receiving motivation. Not only do they provide you with something to keep you going, but they build you as a character and I think that is a lovely thing!


I find that since joining the studyblr community, I have found really nice ways to be creative and to make my notes look neater and more appealing for me to look at. This might seem to be such a silly little tip, but drawing simple doodles or fancy titles really motivates me. 

Whilst making my notes look more aesthetically pleasing takes slightly longer, I find it calms me with anxiety as I am being creative whilst I am working and it is a really great way for me to stay relaxed. So not only does it bring me motivation, but calms my anxiety too! Killing two birds with one stone!

This point doesn’t really apply when I am revising, a fancy title will probably do; and also when I am taking notes in class, I never bother; but when I am going over things or making flashcards, it helps to make things look more appealing so I am more likely to pick them up and go for them and learn. 

Some might disagree that this would actually make them less inclined to do work, but if you need to alleviate stress, get motivated or just want to make your notes look nice, then this could be for you!


Breaks and rewards give you so much motivation whilst you are doing your work! I study and revise probably more than what is healthy, and so I like to make sure I have a nice break whenever I can because I work myself very hard. Sometimes, something can take me about 2 hours and so a half an hour to an hour’s worth of break can really help me before I start something else. 

You can try having a break every 45 minutes, every hour or two hours; but make sure your break really puts your mind at ease before you start work again. You need to make sure you give your brain a good rest. 

You can have a break or reward yourself by having a nice shower, going for a walk or to the gym, cooking, having a coffee and a biscuit, meeting up with some friends, going on social media, having a nap - whatever it might be, as long as you have that break you will feel so much more refreshed after! It also motivates you to get things done so you know you can have a break after you have finished your task and makes you feel compelled to finish it so you can relax!


This is actually a really important point and can help maintain motivation in the long run. Getting people to help you can be a really good way to stay motivated. Tell people, such as your friends and family, about the goals you have set for yourself or that you are struggling to stay motivated and ask them to help you. 

My friends sometimes study with me and help me with things I don’t understand which can help maintain my motivation. When I finally understand something or I go over things with my friends, it can make me feel more confident and uplifted that I know things and spurs me on. Letting family know about your goals also helps them support you which is a really significant part of motivation, because if no one is there to support you, the will to carry on eventually disintegrates and you don’t want that! 

Make sure that you do have some support, whether it be from friends, family or the studyblr community, but ensure you are surrounded by people who can motivate you and who can help you along the way so that you can achieve these goals and keep you on target! Sometimes, motivation doesn’t come from the things you do, but from the environment that you’re in - which is why support and help is such a good source of motivation!

That is the end of the tips I have on how to stay motivated. Hopefully they are good starting points for you all! Let me know if you try any of these tips for a while and tell me if they have helped you, it is always nice to see what people think and if these things work - remember if they don’t, that everyone is different and different things work for different people!

Keep Typing

I’m typing to keep busy, to make sure nobody at work has noticed.

I’m typing - not looking at the keyboard, in hopes that they think that I’m just like them, although I’m scared because I’ve got two hours left at work and it’s going to be hard keeping up appearances like this, once I’ve made a mistake on this document I know I’m going to have to look down at my keyboard and they’re going to notice.

They’re all bleeding, out of their ears and out of their noses, I don’t think they realise I’m not because their faces haven’t left the screen, oh god they’re typing so fast I can’t keep up, it’s hurting my fingers and they might cramp soon, oh god what if they cramp, what if they cramp and they notice my human natured fingers slowing down?

I can hear them gurgling, I don’t know what they’re saying but although it’s unintelligible it sounds so spiteful, like they’re writing constant negativity and grumbling as they do so.

Wait… I think one of them has stopped typing.

I’m not looking away because then everyone will notice but it definitely sounds like someone has stopped typing, I need to take a break, my eyes are hurting from the strain and it feels like they may start bleeding like everyone else’s if I try and keep up this act.

I can see something in my peripheral that wasn’t there a second ago, I’m trying to make it out but I can’t move my head, if I move my head and actually look around I think I’ll paralyse with fear and if I do that I don’t know what’ll come next.

I’m so scared I don’t know what’s happening everything was normal earlier, what could’ve happened in that meeting they all went to? I was rushing late and the door slammed and locked in front of me so I just sat back down at my desk and carried on with my work as normal, but when they came out of that meeting I saw them all walking out rigidly, still staring at my monitor whilst taking note of their bodies in the background, I heard an odd noise as they walked, like the noise your joints make when they pop.

My right monitor has gone dark and I’m not staring at it head on but I can see someone behind my left shoulder smiling at the monitor, as if they were looking at me

I just looked at it accidentally and it’s smile widened, please help anybody pleasejhhhhhhhhhyhhhhhhhhh


Originally posted by jurassicparking

Okay so I want to apologize in advance if this is really crappy since I haven’t written something like this in a long time so yeah please bear with me. But I had a lot of fun writing this and I really hope y’all enjoy it <3

Anonymous said: Okay :) could you write something where Peter has a huge crush on a girl more popular than him and he doesn’t think he’ll ever have a chance with her but maybe he has to tutor her but maybe she really admires how smart and kind he is, and maybe she kisses? Thank you so much if you choose to write this.

Warnings: My writing is kind of bland, I don’t do much detail (sorry :/) also I chose to do Tom Holland’s Peter Parker, hope you don’t mind anon <3

Peter’s P.O.V

God she’s so beautiful. So perfect and gorgeous but she’d never date a guy like me, I’m an outcast.

It was fourth period and I was doing what I normally do which was to admire the most beautiful girl in the class, Maggie Scott (This name was so random) from a distance whilst taking notes. I really should have had my full attention on the teacher but when it’s a class you excel at there’s really nothing to worry about. I have the highest grades in this class but Maggie on the other hand at the lowest from what I’ve heard. Since I’ve always watched her I could tell she was trying extremely hard to excel but those attempts were falling and well I pitied her. Suddenly the bell rang with snap me back to reality and I slowly started to put my things away but I continued to watch her out of the corner of my eye.

“Parker, could you come up here? You too Scott” our teacher called as we both were heading to the door. I looked at Maggie and saw she was just as puzzled as I was but we both headed up to our teacher.

“Parker, I was wondering if you could tutor Ms. Scott.”

“O-of course, sir. When, um, do you want the tutoring to start?” I asked as my cheeks started to turn red.

“Today, if you could.”

“That sounds great”, Maggie said with a smiled then turned to me and asked, “Peter, is that good for you?”

“Ye-Yeah”, I stuttered my face getting even hotter.

“5’oclock sound good?” our teacher asked looking at both of us.

“Yes, sir.”

“Well now you two may leave, but first let me write passes for you two”, he said as he scrawled something on two pieces of paper then quickly handed them to us.

As soon as I was handed the pass I shoved it in my pocket and then slowly walked to the door not aware of the fact that Maggie was following right behind me. As I was heading to my next class Maggie called out to me.



“Are you, um, wanting to tutor me at your place or?”

“Erm, I guess mine if you would err like?”

“Alright”, she said with a smile,” Address?”

“Uh lemme write that down for you”.

Remembering the pass in my pocket I pulled it out and ripped a piece off the edge then hurriedly wrote down my address and handed it to her.


“Thanks. Um I’ll see you at 5”.

“Okay, see you”.

As she walked to her next class she turned around and waved, completely stunned I waved back but very awkwardly.

God if only 5 could come sooner.

*6 hours later*

“When is this girl coming again, Peter?” , my Aunt May asked whilst watching tv.

“At 5, must of gotten lost maybe”, I replied and silently wished she was okay.

“Is she nice?”




“Do you like her?”

“Yes, wait no, no no no”.

“Uh huh, sure”, she said with a laugh then suddenly the doorbell rang.

I quickly hurried to the door and tried to smooth out my hair, Aunt May chuckled lightly as I opened the door.

“Hi”, Maggie said with a grin, “sorry I’m running late I got held up then I got lost and uh”.

“It’s fine”, I said and twiddled my thumbs, my eyes constantly glancing at her face.

“So, um, where do you want to tutor me at?”

“Um, my room I guess”.


Uh, er, follow me”, I said as I headed to my room with Maggie following closely behind, slowly I opened the door.

“So, um, this is my room”.

“It’s really nice I figured it would look like this since you’re into science and all”, she said and smiled at me, “So, um, where..”

“I guess my bed, only if you want”.

I then picked a spot on the bed and sat then crossed my legs, Maggie followed suit but sat very close to me.

Oh my god.

“So, um, do you want to start with biology?”

“Uh, yeah sure”.

She pulled out a book and several sheets of paper then we started on the subject. About halfway through me explaining the subject I got distracted by staring at her furrow her brows and bite her bottom lip in concentration. Her eyes then met mine and she blushed the most beautiful shade of pink that I’d ever seen.

“Shoot!”, she said and her pencil flew out of her hand and traveled across the bed.

“I’ll get it”, we said at the same time and both reached to grab the pencil but as we both reached we touched hands.

“Sorry”, I mumbled and turned scarlet completely embarrassed.

“No, no it’s okay”, she said as her cheeks turned pink once more, “Peter, you’re such a nice guy I really need someone like you in my life”.

My face turned redder but she continued, “Peter, could I try something?”


“Trust me”.


She then leaned towards me and I froze as her lips touched mine.

“Relax, Pete”.

I took a deep breath the slowly kissed her back gently and I swear I felt like fireworks were exploding. The kiss last a couple more seconds then we broke apart. As my eyes met hers she grinned and I grinned back. Then she grabbed my hand I gently squeezed it.

“I like you, Peter”.

“I like you, too”.

We both leaned towards each other once more and kissed the tutoring session completely forgotten.


THE END. Thank you guys so much for taking the time and reading this I really hope you liked it and I’ll be having another up hopefully very soon. I love you all <3


4/14 days of revision

Day 4:  show us how u color code notes [or ur fave color palette!]

So I use most of my colours whilst taking notes, using different colours, on different parts of the notes. For english, I use all colours, and for Biology I use greenish and bluish colours. I tend to use green, orange and turquoise for math and then black gel ink pen. I just really like using black, and then using colours to accent any words or sentences.

Happy studying xx

anonymous asked:

Hey Em! Is there any chance you could show us a full picture of your desk set up? It's just that I've decided that my study space needs to be improved and I would love to see yours for some ideas as the little snippets I see from ur posts look absolutely lovely. Have a nice day and may your ink never smudge whilst taking notes xx

Hi! Of course! This is my sisters side:

This is my side:

This is the whole thing:

If you’re curious, my desk is the Bedford Desk from the Pottery Barn. The calendar and boxes are the Daily System from the Pottery Barn also. Everything else like the chairs, lamps and plants are from IKEA :-) Hope this helps! x