Many of us might have academic and wellness goals that we are unable to achieve. After all, how many times have you said, “I’ll start studying by Monday,” or “I’ll study for 6 hours a day.”
Although you have good intentions when setting these goals – and may even follow through with the goals for a period of time – it can be easy to fall back into your old routine due change of schedule. In order to stay on the path of academic success, it is important to find ways to stay motivated. For some inspiration, check out the three tips highlighted below:
1. Make a Plan
The goal you decide to embark on – whether it be planning better strategies, scoring more or just studying better – will be easier to stick to if you put together a detailed plan. Doing this not only helps you look at the big picture but also provides steps on how to achieve that goal on a day to day basis.
For example, if your goal is to improve your concentration, make a list of the obstacles that decreases your concentration level. Conversely, if your goal is to use a new study method, put together a strategy for how this can realistically be achieved.
Lastly, when making your plan, make sure to assemble a list of reasons why you want to accomplish your academic goal. This can include general reasons like “to achieve academic success” as well as more specific reasons like “to score better in the current exams.” Regardless of what the reasons are, make sure to keep the list handy so you can pull it out when you are feeling de-motivated.
2. Track and Celebrate Progress
Making a plan to help you achieve your study and wellness goal is a good start, but tracking your progress can keep you inspired.
If your goal is to score 90 percent, track your progress by making notes of your improvement, recognize the study pattern, identify the time that helps you grasp the content better, improvements in your mood while studying, etc. Keeping track of these things will give you real results to look back on when you are feeling de-motivated. In addition to tracking progress, don’t forget to reward yourself when progress has been made! For instance, if you maintain consistency in scoring, consider rewarding yourself with extra break time, spending time with friends etc.
3. Try Different Approaches
Last but not least, one of the best ways to stay motivated is to try different approaches. Following the same study style and studying the same topic can get boring, but trying new things can help you stay on track.
You might feel de-motivated while studying using the same study pattern. It’s important to try different methods to not make it monotonous.
Find Your Motivation!