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6 Tips For Finding Motivation To Study

This week I realized that in order to actually sit down and do some work (any work, really), we must be really motivated to do it. Since there is plenty of tasks we simply can’t get started on, I’ve come up with a few things that could help us get our study/combat/I-Can-Ace-Everything mode going:

How to Get Motivated To study

1. Clean up your desk and room. Like I mentioned in the previous post, clean room = clean head

2. Organize all loose papers. Put them in a binder or folder, keep them in one place and in good order that you can follow.

3. Make a “to-do” list. Can’t do anything without that. Whether you’re using an app or a simple journal, setting your goals and tasks is a priority

4. If time permits, watch an inspirational movie. I usually combine it with cleaning my room. My personal favorite is “Legally Blonde” – I instantly get a wave of inspiration to study something and ace it. What’s your inspirational film or show?

5. Approach tasks in smaller chunks. Do homework in 30-45 minute increments like in the Pomodoro Technique. This is optimal time frame just because you’d be able to focus but not get too tired.

6. Reward yourself with food & breaks. I eat sweets and drink tea.

How do you get yourself pumped to study? It sure isn’t easy for me.

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  • Hey! Really like the point number 3. For me “to-do lists” are the key to getting things done. It’s good to plan your day before you go to sleep, that way your brain programs itself to completing the task and you are less likely to procrastinate the next day. And it’s also vital to set deadlines for your “to-dos”, only when you designate the date and time of completion does the work get started.

    By the way, what are your favorite To-do software? I really like StudyBlue and Wunderlist, by my favorite is ToDoist – I love it because you can have tons of subtasks and set deadlines for each individual subtask. It really gets the job done!

    • Kat

      Hi Antonio! I’ve used StudyBlue for flashcards, but didn’t know they have a to-do software! Wunderlist looks like a really nice app as well 🙂 How are you liking ToDoist? It sounds similar to TickTick!