By Zoe Taylor
Everyone has their fair share low points during their studies. The important thing is to push through it and keep working at it until you get out of your rut. But how? It’s difficult to be positive when you’re not feeling very positive, and if things haven’t been going your way, you’re not going to feel very motivated. Luckily, there are some sure-fire steps you can take to get through it.
Pause for a moment. Take a breath and look at the bigger picture. Steady your thoughts and consider making a change to the way you study. The daunting feeling could stem from the fact that you’re finding it repetitive and can’t maintain your motivation. The best solution in that case is to mix things up a little, and make it interesting for yourself.
Have a Change of Scenery
Sometimes it’s as simple as changing your setting and finding a new place to study. If you’ve been studying in your room/office this whole time, why not try going to your local park to study? Or perhaps your favourite cafe? Sometimes mixing up your surroundings has a positive impact on your mood and therefore increases your motivation.
Take a Break
Provided you don’t have any assessments due soon, it could pay to take a few days off from study. Indulge in your favourite activities for a few days and recharge your batteries. You’ll be left feeling refreshed and motivated to dive back into your studies.
Remember Why You Started
Why are you studying the course you chose? What is the core reason that motivates you? Go back to where it all started and remind yourself what you’re working towards. It even pays to write it down and stick it up somewhere you’ll see it on a regular basis. Remember that it’s worth it, and you’ll be thankful that you stuck with it once you’re finished and on the way to achieving success.
Revisit Your Goals
Go back over the goals you set yourself and reflect on whether you’re on the right road to achieving them. If you’re not on the right track, or you missed a couple of key goals, reassess them and determine what you need to do to achieve them. A lot of the intimidation from a course stems from lack of goal achievement. Pin point what you’re doing right and wrong so that you can figure out the best way to get back on track with your goals, and in turn you’ll feel the motivation flowing back.
Make a To-Do List
If you’re still struggling to achieve your goals or gain motivation, set yourself to-do lists. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of crossing off a task on your list – you feel accomplished and it motivates you to keep working towards ticking more of your list.
Whatever you do, don’t give up. Push through the hard stages and keep at it until you’ve completed the course – you won’t regret it!
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