1. Keep hydrated, eat (tasty things) and sleep well. I believe these basic “physical” demands can improve your general productivity and your mental health.
2. Start a bullet journal/organizer and make a to-do list every day! Put in even the smalles of tasks!
3. Start a habit (or multiple habits) that makes you happy and do it EVERY SINGLE WEEK FOR AN HOUR AT LEAST !!!! The best way to track this is to start a simple habit tracker – a table with the habit and the dates you want to do them. This is a great way to break the routine and do something you REALLY want to do.
4. Take breaks – during work sessions and during the year. When you fill like you are just acting like a robot and you are so unmotivated to do anything, take a few days for yourself. If you’re in school or if you have other commitments, don’t ditch them for more then a day or two, but try to rest as much as you can during your free time instead of having a study session for example.
5. Your mental health matters more then you think. Please take good care of yourself and if you need help, reach out to the right people and always contact someone you know and trust.
-This is not a necessity, but I found the pomodoro technique very helpful. I use a very comfortable app called “flat tomato” it’s free so you should try it out.
You got this!!!!!!!!!
Find what kind of reward works for you and keep doing it. Sometimes I treat myself to a walk if I show motivation and complete a difficult goal. To keep my motivation going, I play a few upbeat songs (“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Good Vibes” by Chris Janson).
I try to avoid negotiating with myself! This is my biggest challenge. It’s akin to procrastination. Ideally, once I set my ongoing goals, I try to avoid enter into a conversation with myself about completing them. I see the goal on my schedule, and I do my best to just do it.
Third, break down the hardest goals into 25 minute segments. This allows enough time to dive in, but isn’t overly intimidating. The Fabulous app has helped with this.
- How do you test your learning?
- How much time do you spend learning and studying?
- I want to learn something practical like making clothes, knitting, singing, painting … any book suggestion, youtube channel or whatever?
- Sometimes it is quite hard to maintain my focus on learning and studying. I find myself checking mail, reading social media commentary and avoiding the still to be worked on assignments. What can I do to prevent that?
- How can I stay focused and motivated for a long time?
- What are some tips for better concentration and actually learning the material?
- How do you stop yourself from getting distracted while studying?
- How do you find what gives you positive motivation?
- How do you focus for long periods of time?
- How should I keep focused when I don’t make progress on certain tasks? For this case I stuck with the score of 6 for my IELTS writing exam while my target score is 7. And it hasn’t changed even a little bit for so long.