If you could have 5 minutes alone with the guy who invented textbooks, how hard would you hit him? Sadly, you can’t do that, and even if you could, you should know by now that education is important, not only for achieving your lifelong dreams, but to look smart at all times. Hey, image is everything in today’s world.
But studying is boring. There aren’t a whole lot of viable arguments against that fact, so rather than trying to convince yourself that you’ll have a blast spending 4 hours reading a textbook, here are some proven ways that will make the process more bearable and actually motivate you to study.
Let’s start with the basic premise of life: everything dies. And as everything comes to an end eventually, so does your college education – but it’s you who determines how long it lasts. So, think of it this way: do it now, so you don’t have to do it for the next 10 years.
You might be thinking that doing something just so you can get it over with is a negative concept, but it’s actually very motivating. The faster you learn, the quicker you finish school, the quicker you finish school, the sooner you’ll be able to start your life. Motivating? Hell yeah.
Many people, especially musicians, have a very hard time concentrating on the task at hand while having music play in the background. In fact, to the people who find life’s purposes to be imbued by music, it can be distracting to such an extent that a simple chore of vacuuming the house turns into a rock concert.
On the other hand, if you like having music in the background, you should know that it can be very beneficial for your productivity and motivation. While you could listen to any type of music when studying, try to stick to instrumentals, as there are no distracting vocal elements.
You know that one nocturnal friend of yours who gets everything done overnight? Yeah, don’t hate that guy, but learn from him. While you’re stuck in your room trying to concentrate, that person is outside enjoying the sun, chasing girls. You want to be that guy!
So, try switching up your studying times, and see if you too are a creature of the night. Or, even better, perhaps you’re an early bird, and you’d rather get everything done before ten in the morning and have the rest of the day to do other “activities”. Whatever the case, find a schedule that motivates you!
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of dopamine rushing through your veins after training, whether you’ve been playing basketball with friends or in the gym polishing them guns, that can motivate you to achieve your goals.
When you’ve worked up a sweat and you feel good about yourself, then is the time to hit the books. Not only will you study faster and remember more easily, but you feel motivated in the process. It sounds crazy, but it’s just the happy hormones doing their thing, so be sure to take advantage before you start feeling lazy again!
Provided you have a strong enough battery in your laptop, try moving your butt away from your stuffy room and into the fresh air! Not into the fresh air of a Starbucks, but the fresh air of nature. Go to the park, sit by the tree, walk around and read with only the sounds of leaves and the grass underneath your feet.
Nature has proven to be very therapeutic and beneficial, not only to our general wellbeing, but it also boosts creativity and productivity, while relieving stress. This way you can prepare for your exams or university admissions while keeping your cool and staying productive.
If you think that taking a break means going on Instagram to cry over other people’s perfect lives, you are mistaken. The purpose of taking a break is all about feeding yourself positive energy so that you can keep going. That means taking longer, more productive breaks.
A productive break is pretty much anything that makes you want to study afterwards. Whether it’s hitting the gym, reading something else, or watching videos of fat cats trying to fit in boxes for an hour, it doesn’t matter. Take a long break, recuperate, and get back to it feeling rested and motivated.
Think you don’t need a plan? Think again. When you have to study a lot, it becomes virtually impossible to organize yourself on the spot, without prior planning. If you don’t have a plan, you’ll panic, try to do everything at once, you’ll fail, panic some more, start running, and probably hit your head into a wall. Ironically, everything will be fine then.
But, that is no way to get anything done. If you want to be productive and achieve everything, make a plan of action the day before. Take a few minutes to note down everything you’ve learned that day, just bullet points, and make a study plan for tomorrow. You will feel motivated because you’ll have a sound plan you can stick to, and you will be more productive at the same time.
So you’re a messy creative huh? Stop tripping you’re a contemporary French composer and clean your room! De-clog your space of unnecessary stuff and open the windows, let the sunshine in, and the fresh air fill up the room.
Having adequate supplies of oxygen are imperative to your concentration and positivity and an organized working environment will make your more calm and productive, so just do it.
And there you go, studying is not necessarily the most exciting activity, but there certainly are great ways you can make it more bearable than before – maybe you’ll even get some good grades out if it!
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