Today I want to write about the fuel needed to tackle any task that requires concentration.
Many times studying can be difficult, especially when we lack motivation because without it, losing focus is very very easy. Unfortunately, this lack of motivation can trigger a very negative domino effect:
> if you are not motivated > you are unable to find the time > you don't organize or schedule yourself > you waste time > you fail to prepare for that exam > you fail > you don't feel fulfilled > more apathy > less happiness...
For this reason, motivating yourself is something very important, as important as your study material or your learning strategy. Below, I will leave you some keys that will help you to motivate the study phase, which I am sure will bring you a lot of benefits.
Why should you motivate yourself?
There are a lot of reasons to motivate yourself, especially because it is key to maintain focus and not lose your way. Besides giving you more concentration, it will also help you feel more energetic and optimistic.
Another great reason to motivate yourself when studying is the fact that it will bring you more and better benefits. Without going any further... Knowing that you have the ability to motivate yourself when you want to, will make you more confident and happy.
As if that were not enough, motivation will open up the panorama making you see the benefits you can get from improving your grades such as accessing a scholarship, passing exams, or passing the entrance exam without so much stress prior to the moment, for example.
To keep you always "on fire", it is also very important to know in advance the concept of iteration so you always have in mind how the processes of achieving goals work, look at the following image and engrave it in your mind.
How to motivate yourself to study: 10 key principles you should know
1. Feel free. Intrinsic motivation
No two people are alike. Each person understands work and sacrifice in his or her own way, and studying is no exception. In another article, I will expand more on the idea of intrinsic motivation, but for now, you should know that having the freedom to choose how, when, and where to study is a very effective way to motivate yourself. If you really want to study, give yourself the freedom to fill whiteboards, do summaries, space out your schedule or listen to audiobooks. Don't let them impose how you should do it. As long as you study what you should, then how is something you should always be able to afford.
2. Rest is important
There is a false belief that you should study hard and long. This is not really true because if you do you will only be saturating your brain. I recommend you to take breaks, 5 minutes after every 20 or 30 minutes of study, this way you will keep your brain clear and fresh. This is proposed by the Pomodoro Technique and it is very important that you predispose yourself to know it beforehand.
3. Get out of your easy and comfortable zone
Staying in your comfort zone even when studying can cause your results to be mediocre or simple in terms of overall performance. There are many ways to get out of your comfort zone, for example: changing your strategy, studying with someone else, going through private lessons, pounding your professor with questions, etc... Besides, getting out of your comfort zone is very exciting and exercises your brain, becoming an extensible help to all areas of your life.
4. Reward yourself
If you've ever seen that video where they put candy at the end of a paragraph, you should know what this point is about. You can reward yourself with a break, some "treat". Knowing to yourself, that if you finish studying on time, you can play a game of video games or go out with your friends, can be an important motivation for you if you think so.
5. Set goals
Knowing where you want to get to is very important to motivate you. For example, a simple, quick, and immediate goal would be to get an A on the exam. I know, maybe a 10 sounds far away, but if you aim for and you are halfway there, maybe that means getting an 8. A goal might be to study 7 pages per session, for example. The key is to see it achievable and keep it consistent. This brings me to the next point.
A strategy will assist you in making the most of your time. I recommend that you make a list of what you are going to study, as well as assign times so that you can make your study session more efficient. Always keep in mind to keep it easy on your mind. Find your target line; it is likely that thinking about studying 3 hours a day will be very hard for you. But consider 50-minute sessions with breaks in between.
7. Look for ad hoc spaces
The ideal way to get results is to study in a space that is ad hoc (or designed for a specific activity). For example, a library will not only give you a space free of distractions and perfect for studying, but it will also put a lot of information at your fingertips. The energy that flows in workspaces where many people are predisposed to the same thing is much better than having to concentrate in a house with constant noise and distractions.
8. Avoid distractions
Motivation will not work if you do not eliminate distractions. I recommend that you turn off your phone to avoid being distracted by a message or social networks. Do not have anything at hand that is not exclusively essential to develop your study and your task. Do not plan to do absolutely anything more than what you have set out to study.
9. Music/binaural sounds
Although some people may be distracted by music, there are scientific studies that support the idea of working with music to motivate you. Playing music or binaural sounds will not only make you feel more motivated, but it will also help you concentrate better and make studying more enjoyable. You can see our special article on binaural audios here, where you will see that concentration can be multiplied by 400%.
10. Do the hard stuff first: counter-procrastination
Studying the hard stuff first will make everything seem much easier later. This will motivate you by showing you that you can do anything. Also, starting with the hard stuff is an ideal habit as your brain is much fresher and ready to process the more complex or massive information. This is contrary to our brain's normal and habitual tendency to procrastinate in favor of immediate reward.
Motivational reflections for students
There is a mistaken belief that not all people can access these benefits. While everyone studies differently, in reality, these tips apply to everyone, as they can be easily adapted to any student's study style.
You should know that these tips can be applied to any type of subject or knowledge, no matter if you study medicine or business, numbers or letters. Try to implement, improve or adapt these tips and you will see how the benefits will change your life.
I have heard that practices maintained for 21 consecutive days will become a permanent habit in your life. Others say it is 66 days. I am convinced that there is no way to draw a standard on this fact, but one thing is clear to me: discovering yourself and starting RIGHT NOW to work on what works best for you is one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life.
Another very undervalued thought that very few people take into account when they find it difficult to motivate themselves, is the idea of specifying and defining to themselves where exactly they feel unmotivated.
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