So, you've sat down to do your homework, but no matter how hard you try, you just can't get started. Read these motivation tips to help you get inspired...
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Turn off your phone, use a website blocker on your computer and make sure that your work space is tidy and comfortable to keep you free from distractions.
Often, the busier we are, the more work we actually get done. This may not be true for everyone, but try keeping your brain and body active throughout the day and see if it makes a difference. (Remember to make time to relax as well.)
You may lack motivation if you think the work you have to do is too big: it can feel like you aren't making any progress. Try breaking a big task down into manageable sections with a clear starting point. For example, you could start off brainstorming then plot the next stages. By making the work more manageable, you should find that your motivation returns.
If there's a task you're really not looking forward to, it can drag your motivation down and keep you from getting anything else done. Try to make a habit of tackling those things first. That way, you don't have them hanging over you when you're doing more pleasant jobs.
If you're having problems getting started, set yourself a very small goal, like doing ten minutes' work or reading one page. Often, the hardest part is starting, so you'll often find it easy to keep working once the ten minutes is up.
Your motivation may flag if you are critical of yourself or lack confidence. Ask your teacher, friends or family for feedback about your work. The chances are you will receive lots of positive comments, which will remind you that you can do the work well and that your efforts are noticed.
Offering a reward is a tried and tested way to help people focus and work harder. Employers use it to motivate their workers and you could use it too. For example, if you complete a piece of work that you’re proud of or spend a specific amount of time on something, reward yourself with a break, a snack or something which you will appreciate. Remember though, your reward should be proportionate to the work you have put in. Rewarding yourself with a holiday in Barbados for doing an essay is not proportionate!
Thinking about what you want out of life will help you gain a sense of perspective about your studies. So set yourself a career goal and keep it somewhere visible. Perhaps your goal is to go on to college, university or work. Then, each time your motivation flags you can remind yourself why you are studying.
If you work better with people around you, try studying with a friend or family member. Ensure your study partner is motivated, however. Studying with someone who will distract you will not improve your motivation.
At the end of the day, there is no magic cure to help you enjoy everything. You might never want to finish your French homework. Sometimes, you just have to knuckle down and get stuck in. Usually, once you’ve made the first step, finishing the work becomes easier.