THIRD YEAR MSCI PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE STUDENT, KATE, SHARES SOME TOP TIPS ON STAYING MOTIVATED…
Well you’re just over half way through your academic year! Regardless of what year you’re in there will be deadlines looming and the realization of exam revision becoming more apparent.
Below are a few of my tips for helping to motivate you!
Set Small Goals:
Your overall goal might be to get to the end of the year in one piece or to graduate. That is all well and good, but that goal is too general to keep you motivated. You might need more of a short-term goal.
It’s great to create SMART goals- this is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. It can be useful to create small goals which are SMART to identify if they are manageable and to recognize when we have achieved. It is important to look back at the goal to check it is achievable in the time frame you have set it and how you are going to measure it.
An example is:
- I want to write 2,000 words of my 3,000 word essay by March 6th, as the due day is March 23rd.
You could break this down further by stating:
- You want to write approximately 500 words a week, and you would know you have achieved this by checking the word count.
Organise fun activities to look forward to:
Look at your diary, work out when your deadlines are and when would be best to plan in some fun activities that you actually do and not get set stressed doing. It could be a proper night out with your house or course mates or even planning a holiday. No fun activity is too small; it could be as simple as playing more Xbox or having a pamper sesh.
Get some sleep:
Quite simply if you are staying up until 2am and going out every night, watching tv at all hours of the morning or just procrastinating, this is not going to help your motivation. When you are tired you are less motivated, likewise when you lack motivation you often feel more leads to you lounging around, ultimately feeling tired. Vicious Cycle!
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy to get sleep when you have to balance work and a social life, but the more sleep you get the more motivated you will feel in every aspect of your life. Some tips are:
- Take naps, 40 mins max.
- Get into a routine, for example, wake up at 8:30am go to bed at 11:30am.
- Don’t pull all nighters; they impact your body dreadfully.
- Try and watch your caffeine intake, especially before bed.
Take a look at the University Life Tools Programme, they run sessions on some of these common problems and can provide you with some tools and techniques in order to make the most of your time.
- Click on the link for more information about the Life Tools Programme
Surround yourself with motivating people:
This could be anyone including your family, home friends, house, team and course mates.
All these people are there to support you and actually you will be in a good place if you are all supporting each other motivating each other to get to the end.
On the flipside, try and be aware of those people who stress you out and make you feel overwhelmed with everything you have to do.
Surrounding yourself with a study group would be my best tip because it means you can all keep each other motivated, combining socializing and seeing your mates.
Lastly Keep going, you totally have this. Keep moving forward, and remind yourself of the rewards at the end.