Summer is a time to relax by the pool, sleep in and go on vacations.
Unless you’re like me, then your summer is consumed with classes and homework.
Summer classes are definitely a good idea if you have the time and willingness to knock out an entire semester in a month or so, but what about when you have an endless year filled with nothing but school? That’s right — fall, spring, summer, fall, spring, etc.
For me, thinking about going through school with no more than a two-week break is pretty intimidating. Not really because of the long days of studying and eating macaroni and cheese for every meal, but the motivation I’m going to have to force myself to produce. How in the world am I going to get and (more importantly) stay motivated?!
For those of you who are in the same boat, sorry if that last paragraph made you anxious. We live in a culture where procrastination is as common as seeing cats on the ASU campus, and if you have an ounce of motivation, others want to know your “secret.” I hope as you read this post, you can find your own secret to getting and staying motivated.
Do It Anyway
What if I told you that you, too, can have as much motivation as famous artists such as Franz Kafka or Maya Angelou?
This idea is not as impossible as you might think. Writer James Clear has an online article discussing the premise of not sitting around waiting for a magical spark of motivation, but just doing what it is you need to do by keeping a schedule.
When it comes to school, you may want to take this same approach. You probably will have times you aren’t excited about school and your schedule. This is when the “doing it anyway” attitude can come into play.
If you stick to your schedule and do the mundane, tedious work that comes along with it, you’re going to feel like a rock star when it comes to whether or not you’re motivated.
Ask For Help
Sometimes you’re simply going to need help to make it through.
In your college experience, there will be times when you’ll feel as though a professor’s tests are impossible to pass, no matter how hard you may study. Or maybe you’re lost during each and every lecture. The important thing to remember is this: Your professors are there for you.
If you show your professor that you care about the class and that you’re willing to make an effort, they will be willing to spend their time going over assignments and helping you figure out problems. No matter how intimidated you may be by a professor, do it anyway because you won’t regret it.
Motivation is going to look different to every person. This means that it’ll probably take some trial and error to figure out your own plan for self-motivation. Figure out what works best for you and stick to that. In doing so, you’ll be able to put your very best self out there.
How do you stay motivated? Comment below and let us know!