Success in college can depend on staying motivated and persevering despite periods of frustration. We at Placio are aware that everyone has the occasional slump and staying motivated is challenging when you have assignments piled up, a long list of reading and you can’t find time for yourself. It’s important that you recognise the cause of your lack of motivation but make sure you take action to quickly pick yourself back up because it will help minimise your downtime and maximise your success. For those struggling with motivation, or finding difficulty balancing college, life and work, here are some tips from Placio to help you get back on track.
Change your perspective
Your perspective can set the tone for how you experience your studies. While it’s true that some classes may seem more important than others, but let’s make you aware that even the least important classes are scheduled for a bigger purpose. Basic coursework in general topics serves as a foundation for more interesting specializations down the road.
Set a routine
Set a routine that makes room for personal wellness and health in addition to the study time that allows you to reach your academic goals. Balancing studies as well as time for self is important for being channelized and motivated.
Prioritize high-impact tasks
It is easy to become bogged down in coursework every night when you don’t have a plan. If you find yourself with an upcoming exam to study for and some general reading homework, prioritize the exam. This will help reduce stress and build confidence.
Set small goals
College can feel overwhelming at times. It can be difficult to know where to begin when you have a lot of pressure as it hampers both focus and motivation. Take some time to consider what isn’t working and set reasonable goals. It can be useful to divide big tasks into smaller, achievable steps. Each time you complete one of these steps, you can gain the sense that you’re making progress toward the overall goal. Remember that all of this hard work will be worth it when you’ve finished your degree.
Don’t let failure derail your focus
Failure can be an opportunity to assess what went wrong and use what you’ve learned to help propel success in the future. Don’t be discouraged as we all experience setback from time to time. Keep reminding yourself of your final objective in life the bigger picture so that you are motivated to do better.
Celebrate incremental successes
Celebrate the small achievements. Studies show that rewards are proven to enhance people’s motivation and performance. College is the perfect place to use the power of rewards to boost your morale and motivation. Take some time on a daily basis to identify and take note of all of your successes and wins—no matter how small they might be. Create unique and fun ways to reward yourself for your efforts and accomplishments: by small breaks or enjoyable activities like a walk, a snack, a YouTube video. Do whatever makes you feel satisfied, positive and motivated to keep working.
Remember the big picture
It’s sometimes easy to forget why you’re in college in the first place. All of the work you’re doing, whether big or small, is being done for a reason: To help you reach your goal of obtaining a degree and taking life in the direction you want to go. Make a self –reminder points to capture that initial excitement, energy, and enthusiasm when you joined the college with some dream of the future. Recapture this and it can be helpful to remind yourself when you’re struggling with motivation and potential burnout.
In many cases, friends and family members can help you relax when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Taking the time to update friends, family, teachers, dean or academic advisor on how you’re doing and where you’re having issues. Try interacting on campus with like-minded students. Chances are there are other students who have struggled with motivation issues and now they can give you advice on how to navigate your way through it. This can open the door to good advice and increased motivation to keep trying.
Your routine doesn’t need to be seen as set in stone. At set points every few weeks, it can be useful to consider what has worked and what hasn’t. Each of these moments can be an opportunity to reevaluate and make a fresh start, continually tweaking and refining the routine until it works well for your needs.
Get more sleep
You could be much more productive if you got the adequate amount of sleep. Yes, you heard that right – you can be more successful at what you do and happier with your life through resting your brains a little bit longer.
We at Placio want to know how you stayed motivated. Was it by what you watched or listened or support system which helped you on. If you have a good, enjoyable source of motivation, feel free to share in the comment section or on our Facebook or fire a tweet to us @ so that this will help others in their learning experience.