How to improve motivation for study

Have you ever sat down with your book and started at the same words until you realised that you have been reading the same lines for last 10 minutes?
Working intensively and trying to meet deadline can be difficult and stressful. In fact, many people find it hard to focus on the task they’re trying to accomplish. It takes hard work o achieve big things in life. It also requires taking action despite the way you feel. How can you stay motivated in order to keep taking action?

Don’t wait for the right moment to start. Just read these 5 tips below and get motivated.

1. Create working space
Find a nice, quiet place with large, comfortable chair. Make sure you have all the pens, pencils, paper and highlighters. Sticky notes and calendar might be handy too. That’s what you need to prepare before getting down to work. Also remember about snacks and water. People are more productive when they are hydrated. Small snacks like peanuts or fruit will keep you energized.

2. Manage your time
Make a work schedule. Write out a specific ‘to-do’ list. Next to each item on the list, write the estimated time you need to accomplish it. Time limits will keep you on track and make you less likely to slack off. Another important step is to break up more time-consuming tasks into shorter, easier chunks. Remember that it’s always better to do a little bit now then end up doing nothing at all.

3. Take breaks and reward yourself
Your brain needs to recharge after it has processes a bunch of information. Taking breaks will improve your memory. Take short 10min breaks and do something different. Set an alarm for your break and don’t listen to the voice in your head saying “just a few more minutes”.
Reward yourself after each day with a yummy fruit shake or listen to your favourite song.

4. Move your body
Physical activity can enhance creativity, decrease stress level and sharpen your ability to think. An activity such as a power walk or a few squats might be a great break idea. But if you feel tired, don’t force yourself to start a workout, just take a power nap, which is short intense nap between 10-24 minutes in duration.

5. Challenge it and feel the end
Think about working as something challenging and an opportunity to get new achievements. If you’re struggling with something just try and imagine the end result and how you’ll feel once you have accomplished it. Athletes use this strategy frequently to help them stay focused on their goals and to keep motivated. Push yourself to do better than what you think you can do, and see how you’ll surprise yourself.

If you still don’t feel like in a mood to start, the simple act of visualising yourself executing a particular action can help you take the first step. Why? Because your mind has already done it. This is the power of using visualisation techniques.

Enjoy,

Beata

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