Sometimes it feels like a semester lasts forever. Your day consists of going to class, writing notes, studying, sleeping and doing it all over again. Days like these are the hardest to keep motivated. However, days like these are when motivation is most important. In this article, we’re going to look at how to study when you have no motivation.
The days where you really don’t want to stick to your plan but do anyway, are the ones that make the biggest difference to your grade. If you feel that you’re not getting any breaks at all, then it’s time to reexamine your study plan. Frequent breaks are important and you should have time scheduled in the week to go and have some fun.
However, even if you’re sticking to your plan and taking your breaks it’s still easy to lose your motivation. To help with this, here are some tips that will make it easier to study when motivation seems impossible to find.
How to Study When You Have No Motivation
1) Remember your ‘Why’
It’s easy to forget the reason why you’re studying, but it’s so important to keep it front of mind. This allows you to regroup on the tough days and put in the time you need to.
So, why are you studying? To improve your life, for financial security, to relocate? Whatever the reasons, you should have them clearly identified. What works even better is to have visual representations of your ‘why’. Maybe you have a dream house or car in mind. Make a vision board and put it on the wall in the room you like to study.
Be creative but be visual. Being able to look up when you’re having a particularly bad day and seeing what you’re doing this all for is a really useful way of keeping yourself motivated to study.
2) Reward Yourself
The time you’ll be studying will seem quite drawn out so it’s important to reward yourself for sticking to your plan. You should have some time scheduled in during the week to completely unwind. Make sure you schedule something fun here, or maybe a pampering session. Choose rewards that you know will incentivize you to get through the week, or even through the day when you’re experiencing particularly difficult ones.
It’s also a good idea to think of a big reward you will treat yourself to once the exams are finished. Make sure it’s something you’re excited about and you’ll find it’s a great way to get you through the exams.
3) Have Fun on your Breaks
To study effectively, you need to take breaks frequently. Aim to study for 45 minutes with a 15-minute break afterwards. This gives your mind plenty of time to unwind and allows you to focus better during study time. You’ll also need to take longer breaks after 2-3 study blocks. These should be an hour in length so you can grab some food and give your mind time to digest the information you’ve taken in.
During these rest periods, try to do something fun. Go for a quick walk, read something, play a video game etc. Whatever is fun for you. It may seem like 15 minutes isn’t a long time but you can still fit a fun activity into that time frame. Not only will it make you feel better about facing a day of study, but it will also allow your mind the time it needs to process the information you’re trying to store.
If you’re really struggling to motivate yourself to study you can try been shorter study periods. You can try blocks of 5 minutes to begin with. When you find this to be getting easier you can add a few minutes on.
To begin with just focus on getting one thing done. You can pick something that will feed into the next thing and make that easier. The goal here is to just start. Sometimes, and too often, we lose so much time to just thinking about studying and how we don’t want to do it and we end up wasting so much valuable time.
Simplifying the process, and beginning with smaller manageable chunks can help us get focused and obtain a state of flow. When we achieve this we can become truly immersed in what we are doing and this is the state where we operate at our best.
You may find the Centered App quite useful. The app is designed to help you focus better and get into state flow easily each day so that you can power through your tasks.
4) Track your Progress
It’s really important to track your progress, not only so you know how many topics you’ve got covered, but to give yourself a constant sense of accomplishment. To do this, you need to break down your goals into smaller ones. So larger subjects get broken down into certain topics etc. By doing this, each goal seems much more manageable and you are able to tick off topics as being done on a more frequent basis.
It’s very easy when you’re studying to feel like you’re not getting through everything, or that you’re running out of time. By breaking up goals into smaller accomplishments you’ll be able to get through them more quickly and each time you tick something off you’ll get a surge of motivation to keep going.
5) Improve your Concentration
Working to improve your focus and concentration outside of study will make it easier to study when you’re lacking motivation. This is a discipline that’s not only useful when it comes to studying, it’ll help in almost all areas of life.
You might be asking how is improving your concentration going to help with getting motivated? The truth is, motivation is hard to find and much easier to maintain once you have it. Motivation and concentration go hand-in-hand. Doing exercises to boost your focus allows you to dive into a project even when you’re not in the mood to do it. As we said before, it’s a discipline that allows you to accomplish multiple takes going forward like meeting deadlines or sticking to gym sessions etc.
Thankfully, learning to improve your concentration is more than possible, it just takes a little discipline and consistency to get there. If you want to learn how to do it, check out our article featuring 15 simple exercises that’ll boost your concentration.
6) Visualise the End
Similar to the WHY, visualizing the end allows you to focus on getting through all of your studies and gaining your awards at the end. Whether you picture yourself graduating, or in your new job etc. it’s important to have some picture in mind when it comes to thinking about finishing your studies.
If you find it hard to hold that image in your head, find pictures that represent this to you and put them up on the walls in the room you study. They’ll always be there when you need them and on tough days you’ll be able to remember that this will eventually all end and you will have improved your life drastically in the process.
So, Now You Know How to Study When You have No Motivation…
…it takes some commitment, but it’s perfectly doable. Remember your Why, and try to do enough work in class, taking notes etc., so revising later will be a much simpler task. Break larger goals into small tasks and remember to give yourself plenty of breaks. Cramming every hour available might seem productive, but in fact it can be quite the opposite.
Think about what you want to achieve from your studies. Are you doing this to further you career? To make a change into a line of work you enjoy? To boost your income or your families security? Keep firmly in mind both the reason your started and an image of what the end goal looks like. Self-improvement is rarely ever easy, but it’s always worth it. If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll have no problem knowing how to study when you have no motivation.