Being a student is tough as it is, never mind during a global pandemic. Right now you might be feeling in a little bit of a funk and very demotivated and we don’t blame you! Whether you are in your first or final year, you probably have assignments you need to focus on but keep pushing away. Sometimes ignorance is bliss but now is not that time.
No time like the present, right? Here are 5 ways to gain your motivation back!
Create Study Dates. (With your flatmates if you are in Student Accommodation)
One of the best parts of university is staying up late in the library with snacks and your friends. Try and bring a little bit of normality to this weird time we’re living in. If you have flatmates, organise a time where you work together in one of your bedrooms or in the living space area. Get some snacks and put your favourite music on. Working next to someone will allow you not to just give up after 15 minutes and push you to put some effort into your work – even if you just do 2 hours together!
2. Have A Realistic Plan.
It’s tough, there’s no denying it. So be realistic. If you know that after one hour you’re going to give up, then split your day into sections. Work for an hour at a time and after each work block treat yourself to one episode of Friends. There’s no rulebook that says you need to work 9-5 to succeed. The way you will succeed is by knowing what works for you. If you feel like you need fresh air or a break, work that into your plan! there’s no shame – as long as you get the work done.
3. Get Dressed.
Sounds simple enough, but most of us probably haven’t gotten out of your loungewear or pyjamas in a long time. Of course, loungewear is a lockdown essential, we agree! However, it’s hardly the motivating uniform that you need right now. Wake up tomorrow and put a little bit of effort in. That doesn’t mean put a suit and tie on, or your best dress and a pair of heels. Just a pair of jeans and a casual top, something that will make you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day ahead.
4. Create a Fun Workspace.
Working in the same environment can get boring after a while, so why not give your workspace a makeover! It doesn’t have to be expensive – even just new stationery or work accessories can make a real difference. Create a space that will attract you to work every day. Your workspace needs to be inviting, otherwise, it can be much harder to find the motivation you need to complete your assignments.
5. Remember To Reward Yourself!
Being in lockdown and away from home is hard! Pat yourself on the back. Trying to stay proactive during these times is a real struggle. You should be proud of yourself for even reading this because this will be your first step to getting motivated. By rewarding yourself you will subconsciously allow yourself to want to work in order to win rewards. You can treat yourself by watching a programme, having some snacks or going for a walk. Whatever will benefit you!