Work load is one of the most overbearing parts of college, and it can be difficult beginning assignments, projects, and simple daily activities. Below are the bloggers' different approaches to tackling their miscellaneous duties.
Whenever there is a task that needs completing, I focus on the end goal. When there is some sort of incentive involved, it drives me to finish what I started. In the classroom, incentives for me are A's, which will hopefully lead to noteworthy success in the eyes of future employers. Sometimes the incentive could be the peace of not having many academic stresses to think about as I go throughout my day, or time to actually enjoy hobbies without thinking about the work left to do. A clean room is incentive for me to wash the mountain of clothes in my room. The idea of being in shape and healthy (and also forming my own skewed version of a beach body) is incentive for me to somewhat reluctantly drag myself to the weight room. When playing a sport, the end goal was a starting position I wanted to earn or a certain statistic I wanted to achieve, so it motivated me to focus on little areas of my game to improve daily. The idea that I might attract a new best friend or a fun formal date motivates me to initiate conversations I wouldn't ordinarily start. These are practical examples to the "what's in it for me?" approach to motivation that works for me.
I'm in my last semester of undergrad, and motivation has been hard to come by, but despite my obvious senioritis, I've found little ways to keep myself motivated. I’m a perfectionist, which is probably my biggest motivator when it comes to schoolwork (and everything else… but we don’t have to talk about that now). I always want to try as hard as I can and turn in the best work possible. However, it’s still hard for me to be motivated all the time. When I know I have a lot of work ahead of me (like I will everyday between now and graduation), I set up a reward system for myself. It sounds silly, but it works. If I know I have to spend a long day in the library, I tell myself that I can get Chick-fil-a or watch Netflix if I spend x-amount of hours or do x-amount of work. If I have a hard work load all week, I give myself a day off from school on the weekend. I set up a system to love myself well admit all of the stress. Overall, though, I remind myself how lucky to be in school and to be getting this education. I want to be a good steward of what I have, which can provide a good perspective switch when I’m complaining about all the papers I have to write.
This is easily the hardest point of the spring semester. We've just returned from spring break, & there is seemingly nothing between between us & glorious summertime except a short month & a half... But, alas, the key word there is "seemingly." This "short month & a half" is full of tests, projects, & papers, so motivation is key to not only survival but to performing well on everything you've got to do. To be quite honest, my personal way of motivating myself primarily involves Skittles. I study/write/work best with a little snack to keep me going & I've found that Skittles do the trick. If you're not a snacking sort of person though, there are many other ways to motivate yourself. Find yourself a friend who doesn't seem to struggle much with settling down to work & settle right on down to work with them. As hard as it is to believe that there are people like that, I promise they exist (my twin sister is one of the them)! Visit the library & look around at all the people studying hard in silence. I find it hard to pull out my phone or do anything but work when I'm surrounded by tons of other people who are working diligently themselves. Peer pressure is certainly to your advantage in that particular situation. Lastly, it always helps me to think about the outcome of whatever it is that I need to get done. When I have an attainable goal & I can focus upon it, I don't get caught up in the details that often seem to suck away my motivation.
I'm a procrastinator by nature, so motivation can often be hard for me to come by unless it's in the form of a deadline. Whether it's deadlines from professors or deadlines I've set for myself, I write down in my planner when everything is due. Just like I schedule in time for classes or meetings, I also schedule in my planner time to study, work out, or do whatever it is I need to do. Seeing deadlines in front of me gives me a goal to work towards. Having a goal allows me to work more diligently and then enjoy the time I have when I'm done with my work. This semester, I'm traveling almost every weekend, so I'm having to be disciplined about getting my work done during the week. Sometimes looking at my planner can be daunting, but knowing that I have an achievable deadline and a more relaxed weekend ahead of me motivates me to stay strong.
The spring semester is winding down, though the number of tasks to be completed seems to growing exponentially. Whether you need to think of incentives, reward yourself with Skittles and days off from classwork, or need to keep a planner to detail your day, we all need something within us driving us to win our day. Take what the team has advised, or use this blog to reflect on your own means of motivation.
Tyler and the Choctawk team