Many students have a big problem with getting down to business and doing some studying. Being in college or university offers a routine and structure that forces many students’ hands to the point where they feel ultimately compelled to put the work in. However, there are limits on this structure’s influence. There are many occasions where a student needs to be self-motivated. There are many occasions where the need for studying is not enough. Where a student actually has to clear time, sit down, and do the work…and that is where it gets tricky. Most small businesses fail because getting down to the dirty business of work becomes something a person can put off, and students face a very similar problem. Hopefully, this article will help alter your thinking a little and get you working a little more frequently and maybe even a little harder.
1. Find The Method Or Motivator That Forces You To Work/Study
The simple need or requirement to work is sometimes not enough. You know what you should be doing, you want to do it, but for some reason you don’t. For some reason, you keep putting off studying and for some reason things keep getting in the way. You plan to study and before you know it the clock says 10:30pm and you have to be up tomorrow at 7:30am.
What you need to find is something that people have been searching for since we entered the industrial era. What you need to find is “that motivator” that pushes you towards your goal to study. It forces you to do what you know you should be doing.
History is filled with people who achieved great things because they found one or a number of different methods/motivators that forced them to do what needed to be done. The classic example is the person who is so poor that he or she becomes obsessed with success. Others have used competition, sometimes between siblings, as a key trigger for their success. You are going to have to find something that forces you to do your work and start studying on a regular basis.
Some students tell themselves that they will allow themselves to smoke a cigarette after they write 1500 words, or after they finish 3 chapters. Some students will not eat until their studying is done so that their hunger pangs become their motivator. Students around the world have found plenty of weird and wacky ways to force themselves to study and work…you need to find yours, and that is not something that any online article can tell you.
2. You Can’t Be Bothered To Work Because You Are Tired
Nobody is trying to be your parent in this case, but the fact you are tired is affecting you more than you know. Typically, a student arrives at university or a dorm-based college and the student discovers that things such as bedtimes are gone forever. Students get very little sleep, but they feel fine during the day, so they fool themselves into thinking that tiredness doesn’t affect them.
Instead of lecturing you on how tiredness affects a person’s concentration, attention span, and psychological well-being, let us consider tiredness’s most insidious negative…it saps your motivation like having a good time saps your bank balance. Tiredness allows you to convince yourself to put things off, to do them later, or to put more trivial matters first. Your entire problem with motivation, procrastination, and your inability to work may simply be because your body is crying out for more sleep.
Life is too exciting for sleep. You want to stay up–because you can, and because your body will still function fine with very little sleep. But, your incentive to work will disappear…and you will never see it leave.
3. Try To Avoid Punishments And Rewards As Motivators
Everybody has tried rewarding themselves for achieving things and punishing themselves for not achieving goals. Housewives and househusbands tell themselves they will have that glass of wine after the cleaning is done, people on diets tell themselves they will treat themselves to junk food if they reach a certain weight, and workers pick out things they are going to buy with the money they earn from a hard week’s work.
Rewards and punishments seem to work. After all, we have all tried rewards and punishments to some degree of success, but how powerful are rewards and punishments? If doing something such as rewarding yourself or punishing yourself worked as well as common sense suggested, then wouldn’t everybody be a powerhouse of productivity? Don’t take the word of something you read online about this issue. Ask yourself and ask your own experience, if rewards and punishments work so well, why aren’t they still working for you?
4. Setting A Time Limit May Have A Surprising Effect
Did you ever see the brilliant Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves movie called Devil’s Advocate? Al Pacino says, “Pressure…put some people under pressure and they focus…others simply crumble.” Find out which category you are in by setting time limits for your studying. You must get X amount done by X-o’clock.
Not only may you find yourself being unusually productive, you may also find yourself more motivated. For some reason, there are people in this world who stop procrastinating if they know their studying/working has a time limit. The reassurance that the uncomfortable session will end at a certain time helps to free them from their procrastination around the issue.
Do not rely on others or exterior forces for your motivation or rule-enforcement because you are the only one who can power your success. Also, maybe stop thinking of motivation as a commodity. Stop thinking of motivation as petrol in a car, and think motivation as a light switch in your head that is either on or off.