- What can I learn/know right now in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of my life?
- What’re you’re techniques for note taking?
- How do you deal with guilt and shame when you really want to get out of bed and get everything done but you physically are not able because you need the sleep in order to recover from the previous day? This usually happens to me when I have a day off and need to use it to meet upcoming deadlines and catch up on things.
- How can I study for 10+ hours a day?
- Yes! What do you think about studying and learning? Do you keep reading a book even if you don’t feel like doing so? And before getting into the book what do you do?
Recently, upon realizing I needed to get myself together to prepare a bunch of exams for uni, I created a routine which I knew would work for me and get me in the mood.
So here's the first thing I can suggest: use what you personally find relaxing. People can tell you to listen to music while studying; I've been told the same, but after finding out that it has the exact opposite effect on me, I couldn't add it to my personal routine. For example, during winter I find that comfy warm clothes, a cup of tea and some relaxing ambience music on my speaker (low volume) really makes me concentrate amazingly!
I find that sounds and physical activity have the special power to stimulate and create the right environment. So take your time to figure out what works for you. Try different routines out and I'm sure that eventually you'll find the right one!
Ok. So, once you forgive yourself for not being perfect, you can think about what would be the bare minimum for you to accomplish to work towards your goal. What would be manageable that you could do consistently? What do you have the energy for? What are you able to do every day that gently expand your limits instead of trying to surpass them in a way that is unsustainable? And this can vary depending on what's going on in your life. Be conscious of that too
And finally, it's about consistency, not perfection. By 6 or 7 every night, let go of the day and prepare for tomorrow. Every day wake up and keep trying. And don't be afraid to adjust if something isn't working. You can do this.
You need to dive into why you feel this way. Sometimes being lazy is an avoidance mechanism. The question is what is that about studying you are trying to avoid?
1. Give yourself a goal
Imagine that you are going to face a maths exam next week. Tell yourself that you must get 80 marks for the paper. Write it on a paper in big letters and place it in front of your study table.(and wherever you see very often). Then, whenever you get bored, after seeing your goal , you say to yourself " yes , I can do that, I will get 80 marks for the maths exam!. So I have to work now !". Believe me , this will definitely work for you. When I was doing my ordinary level exam , I wrote " I will get 9A s" in front of my study table. And at the end, even I didn't attend any supportive classes and even I was going through some miserable experiences, I got 9A s for the exam!. So, try it!
2. Be careful about your feelings
As humans it's normal to get bored and tired. But, it's okay if you feel so after doing something for a Long time like half and hour or 2,3 hours.( Don't engage in the same thing for more than an hour, take a break !). But, if you feel boring after doing nothing, you must connect with yourself and recognize that feeling as a bad feeling;" I feel sooo lazy, but I didn't do anything, this feeling is bad for me, this feeling is going to prevent me from achieving my goal. NO ! I don't let this feeling to stop me ! It's time to get back to work !".
3.Keep yourself busy
Make a to-do list including your studies. (ex: write the essay, do maths homework, Read the text etc.). Get up early and start your work.(make sure you have a 8-6 hours sleep) After completing each task, give yourself a treat. Encourage yourself! ; "Wow ! Great! I did it. ! I can move on ! " Do something make you happy ! . Then move to the next task! At the end of the day reflect on the day and smile ! ; "I completed all the tasks !" .
And , you know that you can do your best ! Don't overwork ! You must get a break after every hour of work. Be happy! Help others to learn, it will improve your knowledge also. Always remind yourself that you can do anything and your time is precious !
Good luck !
Another thing to motivate me studying is using books or videos that are entertaining. for example if I want to study maths, there are many fantastic videos on YouTube
For studying, you will need to find a way to make the topic interesting to yourself. You are more likely to be resistant to study if your topic is undesirable or repugnant. If it is a topic that you have no choice in studying, then split it up into manageable chunks. Personally, I am doing a challenge to study 30 minutes everyday of 2019. I can study longer if I choose to, but I am committed to at least 30 minutes.
For work, that is a bit more complicated. If you are referring to your job, then I would imagine that your compensation should be sufficient motivation. Earning promotions and other perks would be also. If you are not interested in working hard in your job, perhaps it is time to consider a line of work that is more fulfilling. When you are happy with your profession, working hard is second nature.
If you are talking about work at home, that one is a little tougher since you have to provide your own form of compensation. If rewards don't work for you, try doing chores in minute intervals. For example… You can wash dishes for 10 minutes. If you are absolutely uninterested in finished the dishes after 10 minutes, then stop and go about your day. You at least got some of it done. You might find it easier to complete the job once you have already started.
I good start to the day sets the tone.
Spending time outside always motivates me.
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