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Low motivation is hard

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Now that Christmas is over, if you’re like me (And probably a lot of students), you are probably in that weird lull between Christmas and New Years with deadlines at the back of your mind that you don’t want to think about. It’s that time where you feel like you should be doing something, but you just don’t want to, and it’s something I’m definitely feeling.

I’ve had such low motivation to do any work and so I’ve just been finding ways to procrastinate and not think about it, trying to muster the motivation and avoid procrastination is easier said than done. The main thing that stops me is that it’s the holidays and so it’s always a case of me saying to myself “That’s a problem for later”.

So why do we procrastinate? Usually it’s because we put off tasks that intimidate us or we simply don’t want to do. Procrastination can cause academic burnout. When you reach that point, you might think you’re alone, but most people go through burnout at some point. Here are my tips to try and avoid procrastination and find that sliver of motivation.

  1. If you’re a phone/social-media procrastinator  use the free app Forest. Set yourself a time limit of phone-free time, and the app will grow trees in the time where you don’t use your phone. It’s really satisfying to see all of the trees you have grown in your little forest!
  2. Try and break down large tasks into smaller, more manageable tasks. When you finish the smaller task, celebrate! Plan something fun to do with your friends so you have something to look forward to after. This is a good way to help with low levels of motivation too.
  3. Make sure you take breaks! If you’ve been productive in the morning, take the afternoon off and vice versa. Don’t try and push yourself beyond your own limits, because that’s a surefire way to burn out.
  4. One other thing I like to do is tell my friends the things I need to do and see if they want to do the same. Then you can do little check ins on each other to see how it’s going. It’ll help you feel less alone.
  5. Lastly, if you’re really struggling, speak to your tutors. They will always be happy to listen if you’re struggling!

Remember, everyone procrastinates and experiences burnouts, the most important thing is to not beat yourself up about it. Motivation can be hard to find, especially when you feel like you’ve got so much to do. Try not to get too overwhelmed and stop when you don’t think you can do anymore.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas break and I wish you a happy new year!

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I love reading and listening to music. I am also…
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