How to Boost Motivation Levels during Exam/Assignment Season

Annoyingly, I often find myself beginning to lose the motivation to really try during exam/assignment season. The end-of-semester exhaustion sets in and deadlines seem like they will never end. I get tired and feel like I’m wading through mud. This sends me into a cycle of procrastination and kills any productivity.

Luckily, I’ve been like this since sixth form so I can spot the signs and have slowly developed ways to get myself through the slump! Top tips coming right up…

  1. Remember your ‘why’

I go back to the reasons I wanted to study counselling and psychotherapy in the first place and remind myself of why I am on this journey. I want to help people and I want to make a difference to the mental health of as many people as possible. That is my ‘why’!

2. Focus on the end goal

I like to look up potential masters degrees and job titles I would like on websites like Prospects and read up on the entry requirements for them. Remembering the grades and qualifications I will need to reach my goals helps me to focus and gives me something very real to aim for. I also have job alerts set up on Indeed so that every few days I will be emailed a list of vacancies for high level, well-paid jobs that I dream of working my way up to.

3. Plan in some rewards

I always have a little list of things I am going to do or buy after each deadline. At the end of my first year, I had a bag of bath bombs and treats from Lush in my bathroom and each piece of work I completed got me something out of the bag. Handing in my final assignment meant I could have a bath with a facemask and all the luxurious extras and I let myself book some things like hot yoga classes that I had been daydreaming about whilst hunched over desks. Simple but effective!

What do you do to stay motivated?

Sam xo

How to stay motivated

We are all prone to procrastination. Finding motivation can be really difficult when you have a lot on your plate, especially if deadlines are looming. I definitely fall into Netflix trap now and again but I have my strategies to get back on track with my work and studies.

Take away the distractions
Personally, my phone is the biggest hindrance to my concentration. If I get a notification, I’ll check it but then end up aimlessly scrolling through social media. At the start of this year, I downloaded an app called ‘Hold’. There are so many different study apps but this one is by far my favourite. When you press the Hold button, you earn points for every 20 minutes you stay off your phone and with the points you get you can claim different rewards, these are usually beauty, lifestyle, music travel offers and many more. Give it a try. The other big distraction I have is my surroundings, I either need a silent environment or a cosy environment. I love working in the library when nobody is there, but when it’s busy I just end up getting irritated – luckily the library at Edge Hill has little pods you can book so you can work in a quiet room on your own in a nice, productive environment.

Motivational playlist/music
I have a playlist on Spotify titled ‘Should be studying’ and it’s a nice mix of motivation and chill. Some songs give your brain a break and others get you focused and dialled in. You need balance when you’re working so taking timely, regular breaks are also very beneficial to your motivation. The other music that really gets me in a study mood is the ‘lofi hip hop radio’ on the ‘ChilledCow‘ Youtube account. It’s not lyrical, so it sets a very chilled, productive ambience.

Break down tasks
The first thing I do when I know I have a lot to do is make a to-do list and from this, make further to-do lists about how to achieve them. This helps to make them easier to tackle and achieve. With assignments, for example, I will start by evaluating the essay question, then get out the books I will need and read wider from those. Breaking it down into these segments helps to keep motivated as you are completing subtasks.

Thanks for reading. You can do it!

Amy

First Year over! :)

 

 

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re well and have had a good week.

I know right now alot of people have either finished their course or are right on the edge of finishing, just needing that final push towards the end. I handed in my final assignment last Thursday and can’t explain how good it feels to be done after all the slaving away for the past few months. When I first finished, I just slept the full Friday to celebrate!                                                                                  Since then I have been keeping myself busy and my plan was to stay on campus for a few weeks before I go back home for summer- but I have come back home for a couple of weeks before I return with my parents to fully move out- but more of that in my next post!  In this blog I’m going to talk about finishing my first year and 3 mains things I have learnt when being at Edge Hill since September.

Independence!                                                                                                                                            With the countless amount of responsibilities that comes with moving out and going to uni, you really do gain alot of maturity and independence! Many jobs including budgeting, cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping and keeping on top of all uni work- just to name a few! The responsibilities are endless! So when faced with all these responsibilities, it is an instinct to do what we need to do! It can be so difficult to get everything done- but something really important that I’ve learnt within this first year is just to try your best, that’s all you can do. I’ve learnt there are always people around you who are there to help and a phone call home or to friends really helps!

Productiveness and Motivation!                                                                                                I have always been a procrastinator, and when I know i have something  I need to do, but don’t want to (like the laundry or washing up or an assignment that I don’t know how to start) I will do virtually everything else I can to put off doing it! Anything! Like going to an exercise class, having a nap , watching a film, going on a night out..! The list is never ending! But during this first year at Edge Hill, I’ve really learnt if I don’t do it, it just won’t get done! I have enjoyed writing to do lists and meal plans and put everything on the list. Even things like having meals or meeting friends or watching an episode of something as well as starting an assignment as it means I will be more likely to do it! I find that motivating myself by almost bribing myself with things I want to do, makes my goals more achievable.

Confidence and trust in yourself and others!                                                                      During my first year, I have met friends that I know I will keep for life and meeting new people has required confidence and trust! Being confident to make the leap with meeting new people and being yourself is so important- and how you meet like minded friends. And having that trust in others is important too! You have to remember that everyone at uni is in the same boat, everyone is nervous and doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but by being friendly and being yourself- everyone will be happy! Your happiness is so important so making decisions and being safe in situations you are comfortable is key!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and it has given you an insight into three important life skills I have learnt in my first year at Edge Hill! Please comment if you have any questions, I hope to hear from you soon.

Alice! 🙂

 

Using Your Holidays Wisely!

Hey everyone and HAPPY EASTER!

I hope you are all stuffing your faces with chocolate eggs and having a nice chill day. However, don’t forget to keep up with all the work you have to do before going back to University.


As I am on my Easter holidays at home in ‘wee’ Ireland, I thought I would share my tips on how to use the uni holidays wisely and still be able to enjoy your time at home.

Utilise your time!

You have so much free time now that you don’t have classes and lectures, why not use this time to get ahead of the game before returning back?

Set yourself a goal everyday in terms of work

For example, I would set myself a word count goal on how many words I want to get written in my assignment. This way I know how much I want to write and then if I get over that word count, I can have more time to spend with my family and friends (and dog).

Use your time alone to catch up on reading and studying

Being away from the distractions of university and halls can be great thing if you want to catch up for time lost. 

Do the most work you can do early in the day so that you can relax with your family in the evening.

I have mentioned in a few blogs that I love waking up early and getting my day started. When I am at home, waking up early, taking my dog for a walk and then getting started on my assignments is the best way I could start my day because I find that I am way more productive in the morning. Try it!

Start to write out a study plan or an assignment writing plan for when you go back to Uni so that you are super organised smash the term.

Returning back to university after a long break can be quite daunting especially when you know you have studying to be doing or assignments to write. I like using my time off to start planning study sessions or plan out an upcoming assignment so that I have a head start. Image result for you can do it


I know that going home for holidays can be very distracting as you have family to catch up with and friends to see, but remember that Uni can be just as distracting especially if you are living in halls.

I love coming back home for holidays, and to be honest, for the first few days I do take time to spend with my family however, I always make sure to stay on top of my work and assignments so that I have less stress to deal with upon returning.

Hopefully this advice is helpful. I really do try to utilise my time off at home to really get into my work and assignment writing. It feels really good knowing that I am ahead of the game!

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

-Bruce Lee-

 

Be Motivated For Summer

Hi everyone! So it is coming up to summer now and I can imagine a lot of you are considering getting summer placements and summer jobs. Congratulations if you have already achieved one! I mean it can be helpful when it comes to writing your CV’s when you graduate. Something which I have understood from working in different businesses and different sectors is trying to conquer the motivation meltdown within yourself when you have to battle a 9 hour shift on 3 hours sleep. Many of us have been there but here are my tips on how to have a great day at work what ever the weather.

Nothing is more demotivating than working hazardously without having a clear vision, mission and set of objectives for your work. Whether this is at the bar you work at, the house where you’re dog sitting or the restaurant which you’re waiting. Without a clear vision and knowledge of how your work impacts the big picture in which you are motivated to create, you may well end up spending a lot of time on unimportant matters rather than task that urgent task which will impact that big picture. Clarify in no uncertain terms your vision, mission and objectives and focus on them beginning always with the end in mind. It is remarkable what you will achieve once you have zoned in on your precise goals and can focus on them and can visualise yourself achieving them. This method can significantly impact the way in which you tackle assignments when at university or college.

Once you have your vision and goals clarified, develop a detailed strategy for getting there and chart your progress on a regular and ongoing basis. Break down large more difficult tasks into a series of manageable tasks that are interesting and achievable. This will ensure that you are able to get the work done and enjoy it. Put some music on and get motivated. By creating a blueprint for success that is composed of clear, sensible milestones and achievable interesting tasks, this will greatly simplify and lend meaning to your daily routine. As a result will also give you a feeling of control over your work and deadlines which largely boosts motivation. The more organised you are the more you can focus and see your goals be developed into fruition, all from the blue prints in which you have created. The more motivated you will be and the less likely you are to fall into a fit of panic or insecurity and lose confidence and motivation.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Finally my suggestion to you to ensure you are motivated in work is to dress to impress. I don’t suggest that you should go and buy a new £3000 Armani suite (Despite them looking amazing) however make the effort to ensure you feel great. Get those new shoes, wear your hair differently, mix things up and see your day change from that gruelling 9 hour shift to a more motivated, positive and foremost, productive.

I hope these tips have been of some help to you and for those who are applying for your summer placements and jobs, I wish you the very best of luck. You’ve got this!

Staying Motivated at University

With Liverpool down the road, and an endless supplies of bars and clubs seconds away from campus, it can be pretty hard to stay on the ball and focus at university! Believe me, the distractions are endless! The biggest difference between studying at college and university is self motivation. When you come to university you suddenly find yourself away from home, away from parents telling you what to do, and without teachers breathing down your neck about homework deadlines. But in order to succeed and get the grades you want, you’ve got to find the right balance of work hard, play hard – and this is pretty much the key to keeping a good work ethic and a social life. It’s probably taken me until now, the end of second year, to finally figure out the balance but here are a few tips I’ve learnt along the way!

1. Get organised – I had never owned a diary until this year, but planning out my week helps me so much to keep up with everything. I love a good list – yes very sad I know, but I find if I plan my week ahead I achieve so much more!
2.Surround yourself with motivated people – I am so lucky to have a group of girl friends that are all in the same work hard, play hard mind-set as me! Surrounding myself with creative and motivated people keeps me on track and makes me want to work hard!
3.Don’t stress – Stressing never helps! If you stress about not coming up with that creative idea, or finishing that assignment, it won’t happen, or it won’t be good anyway! So take time for a time out, relax go out for a few drinks and re- group!
4.Read something that inspires you! – I’ve recently read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, and it is by far the most motivating book I’ve ever read, it’s sparked my creativity and fuelled my inner girl boss, to do really well in my degree to hopefully get the job of my dreams some day!
5.Remember why you’re here – For me, I came to university to learn how to be a creative, so that one day I can have the creative job of my dreams. It’s not bad to dream big, and it’s good to keep your goals in sight all the time. Sometimes I come home and think ergh I just want to quit and give up on this degree and then I remember why I’m in it and what I want my future to look like and it puts everything into perspective!

I found this article super helpful, with lots of tips on how to stay motivated! http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/7-ways-to-stay-motivated-and-accomplish-anything.html