Combating Lack of Motivation

It’s that time of the quarter again: dreaded week 10, which means finals week is literally less than a week away!

This, of course, means that we students on quarters have to buckle down and -gasp!- start studying for our final exams (but there is a bright side – spring break!). I can feel the California sun on my face already!

If you’re like me, you sometimes have difficulty motivating yourself to crack open those textbooks (for some of you, the first time you have opened them yet this quarter, am I right?) and dusting off your notes.

The question begs to be asked: What do we do when faced with a lack of motivation or procrastination?

When I’m faced with thoughts like, “Oh I’ll just watch ONE more episode of Law&Order: SVU before I start my paper/project/assignment.” I try to think of each tasks in terms of what I will get out of it. You have to re-frame the dread to a positive thought.

For example, when faced with a looming paper think – ‘If I get this paper done, I can go over to a friends house (or go to bed earlier or whatever it is you like to do). In telling yourself what positives you will get out of a task vs. the work you put in, I guarantee you WILL get it done. If there is a paper or assignment or test that simply isn’t important to you (for me it was assignments for non-major classes) you must make it important to you. i.e. give yourself some sort of penalty if you don’t do it/reward for doing it.

SO what happens when you start this task but get distracted? WELL, you must ignore these distractions. (I know, easier said than done, right?)

Find a place to study that secludes you. Whether it be booking a room at the library (what I’m currently doing) or something as simple as shutting your bedroom door so you’re roommates won’t come in, you must do it. Next, turn off your phone and Internet.

Another idea is to write things down. It can be tough to tackle tasks when you don’t even know where to begin. So, write down a beginning, middle and end in to-do list fashion, so you will have a clear start and end point. This way, you’ll feel less intimidated when you start a large task, and you’ll feel accomplished when you finish.

Happy studying!

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