Firstly, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you all had a lovely day and spent it with your nearest and dearest. I had a great day, but for the past few days I’ve had a feeling of anxiety slowly start to creep over me. I’ve tried pushing it to the back of my mind, but the more I do, the bigger it gets. If you’ve read my last post about how to create an effective study plan, you might have thought that I was the most motivated student in the world (well, maybe not the world). But let me assure you, that it NOT the case. I’m just like you. Some days I really don’t feel like revising and I try and put it off for as long as I can by keeping myself busy with other things, but then I feel guilty, but then I go to sleep and everything’s okay, but then I wake up in the morning and the cycle continues.
This feeling of de-motivation is especially prevalent around Christmas time, because who wants to be studying when you should be spending time with your family and friends!? Personally, I prefer the ‘American way’; they have their exams the last week of term before they break up, so they don’t have to worry and be anxious and stressed and guilty during the holidays. But that’s not going to happen (not anytime soon anyway), so I’ve got to try and pick myself up and make myself more motivated to study.
So I like to do a few things to make myself more motivated to study:
- Watch DJ Khaled’s snapchat (to remind myself that “they don’t want me to be successful”)
- Read stories of people who are in the career I want to go into (to remind myself of my goal and the hard-work and dedication it takes to get there)
- Talk to my best friend (because she is literally the most encouraging person I know)
- Look up my dream house (because one of my ultimate goals in life is to build my own house, and I can’t do that without money, can I?)
What are your career goals? What are you studying for? What is ‘the Dream’? When you think about these things, realise that they all stem from what you are doing now, and that includes revising for your exams. Push through it, stay focused, and when you get de-motivated, go ahead and watch another one of DJ Khaled’s snaps.
(P.S. I hope you know I’m joking about watching DJ Khaled’s snapchat, but if you do that’s totally fine, I’m not judging you or anything…)