5 ways to motivate yourself to study a boring subject and/or complete a project

motivation‘How do I get motivated to study?’ is one question I am constantly asked by students.

Having just completed my honours thesis (which turned out to be the hardest, most stressful and rewarding project I have ever done) I am happy to say that there are many ways to motivate yourself, but it may involve some pain, frustration and overcoming mental barriers to begin with (at least this was the case for me!).

Unfortunately, there are no quick and easy solutions to have you feeling totally inspired and energised about studying a subject or completing a project that may not be all that inspiring/interesting at times.

Here are some of the things you can do to motivate yourself to get on with the work and study that needs doing.

1. Make every thought serve you and move you forward

During the initial phase of my honours project I spent a lot of time in my head but it wasn’t time well spent. I would worry constantly about whether I’d be able to pull this project off, whether I’d get the response rate I needed, how I’d start writing it, etc.

In hindsight, this was a complete waste of time. It was only towards the end of my project that I started to be more effective with my thinking. I heard Dr Sharon Melnick state that we have 60,000 conscious thoughts a day. Now for those of you who just thought ‘What’s a conscious thought?’ that’s exactly what a conscious thought is, you just had one! Dr Sharon Melnick states that each of these thoughts are going to either be bringing you closer towards achieving your goals or further away from your goals.

After hearing this I decided to carefully watch what I was telling myself. I replaced thoughts such as ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘My writing sucks’ with ‘I’m making progress’ and ‘I’m doing the best I can and my writing will evolve and get better. This is a work in progress!’.

2. Visualise yourself taking action

Studies have found that visualisation makes a difference to professional athletes’ performance, so why don’t we as students practice doing it as well?

Practice visualising yourself taking the actions that need to be taken (e.g. see yourself typing up your work on your laptop, organising your files and being able to access articles/materials with ease).

This simple strategy helps you to stay focus on what needs to be done. As Jesse Jackson said

“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it”.

3. Small actions add up

My mum recently said to me ‘Jane, every action is a cause which has an effect! If you put in the action, you’ll get the results!’. What great advice mum!

Often we can get bogged down and feel overwhelmed/stressed by the enormity of the things we need to do (e.g. writing an 11,000 word thesis). I had to regularly remind myself that even if I wrote only one sentence each day, eventually all those sentences were going to add up to my 11,000 word limit.

But I was really committed to finishing my thesis on time and doing a good job, so in February I set myself a goal to write 500 words a day. This meant that if I stuck to my goal then my draft thesis would be written in 22 days. I said to myself ‘It doesn’t matter how bad the writing is, just type up 500 words’. This was a very empowering activity as it forced me to be in action.

I read somewhere recently that worry disappears in the face of action. So next time you start worrying about an assignment or exams, force yourself to do something, however small it might be.

4. Get some comrades and spend time with them

There’s something really comforting and energising about spending time with others who are going through or have gone through the same painful experience as you.

I found that it made a huge difference to be able to talk to other students who were doing their honours projects or had completed an honours project in previous years. A lot of these people gave me motivating pieces of advice such as ‘You’re going to feel so good once you finish this project! We know it’s tough but just stick at it!’ as well as practical advice/tips (e.g. “Make sure you don’t leave your referencing until the last minute!”)

I was told by one of my lecturers about this idea of getting together with other honours students and having regular writing sessions each week (where you would all sit around at a table and write for an hour or so). Whilst I never did this for my honours project, I have done this in previous years with friends when preparing for really difficult exams. Getting together with others can turn boring, stressful tasks into a fun, playful ones.

5. Remind yourself that this won’t go on forever

I see a lot of students that are really overwhelmed and want to throw in the towel at this point in the year in regards to their studies. If you’re a student, remind yourself that this won’t go on forever, that everything changes and all you need to do is just keep taking action.


108 Responses to 5 ways to motivate yourself to study a boring subject and/or complete a project

  1. Holy cain August 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm #

    this is good for my start towards success in my studies thanks

    • Niamh November 18, 2012 at 9:10 am #

      This is the sort of advice I wanted to hear!!!i too am doing my honours project and its killing me! the biggest problem I am having is not starting and trying to do any other college work to avoid doing it… but at the end of the day my honours project is worth more in grades than my exams! thanks so much for this advice it really has helped and im going to start doing the 500 word idea that you mentioned x

      • Viv March 19, 2014 at 2:11 am #

        This is fantastic advice. I am currently writing a 25000 word thesis while working a full time job. I find I spend more time thinking, worrying and talking about it than I do actually writing it. I am going to try write 500 words a night and also meet up with my friends on the course soon. I am going to try have a positive outlook and keep working not worrying. Roll on July!!!

        • Jane March 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

          Hey Viv

          I’m glad to hear you are breaking down that hefty thesis! That’s the way to do it πŸ™‚

          I like what you said “keep working, not worrying”. I think I will make that my new mantra as I embark on finishing up my thesis too!

          All the best!

          Jane Genovese

      • Farah March 16, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

        I will do that too, I never thought about making a daily target, instead I walk with all this stress thinking that I have to write 40 pages..

        After having a look at it, I found that if write 2 pages each day I will be done in 20 days..

        THANK YOU

        • Jane March 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

          That’s awesome Farah! Yes, you have to break it down otherwise it’s way too overwhelming for your brain.

    • Abby August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

      Love this little article so beautifully written ! i was so desperate for some motivation i literally Googled ‘how to motivate yourself to study’. Reading this actually made me gain some of the confidence i lost in my self and made me smile. Everything mentioned is practical and easy to follow. I am doing my dissertation and my main topic is based on motivation ironically. Its mid year and thats probably why i have been feeling so demotivated to study. But just the boost i needed .Thanks! πŸ˜€

      • Demotivated September 5, 2013 at 7:48 am #

        Thats exactly what i googled! Glad i found this article
        I really liked the quote ‘worry disappears in the face of action’! Thank you to the author

  2. Jeanne September 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    I’m seriously looking for a way to motivate myself to study just a moment ago. I found myself stuck halfway through my Geography notes with my mind completely blank. Thanks for the tips! It helps a lot!

    • MJ fan December 31, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

      Hi Jeanne, you seem to be a MJ fan. Well, whenever you find yourself stuck in a situation, just think, what would MJ want you to do if he would be looking down at you from his heavenly abode. Would he be wanting you to leave the job half-way, or to have confidence in yourself and determination to make sacrifices so as to complete your work. This might motivate you.

    • angus November 18, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      I feel so boring and i cant keep studying for a long time , i always make some excuses for me to do some otherthings… what should i do ~~thx!!!

  3. Black Lord November 10, 2009 at 12:28 am #

    thank you a lot my teacher want a paragraph about how to get your self motivated.

    and you help me.

  4. Thulitha December 14, 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Thanks a lot.hope this will help me.

  5. Soomro Noor Ahmed January 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    I think the biggest problem is faced by every student is the lack of motivation but these tips help to overcome this problem so students must keep abreast from these five tip .

  6. Abhishek Belkar January 27, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    thnx…..i will try this 5 …….i will try to give my best

  7. oku March 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    Teachers always say just read the book you’ll be fine. The problem is even I read the book, but I cannot remember the whole thing.

    I took a history class two times and I failed twice even I studied overnight.

    I don’t know what to do anymore. =(

  8. Jane March 8, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Oku

    I used to have this problem too – I would read the book but would struggle to be able to fully understand and retrieve the information in a test/exam situation.

    You need to acquire a deep understanding (not just a knowledge of random facts) when you study. Have you tried mind mapping before?


    This technique really helped me to understand my subjects more deeply.

    You also need to pratice retrieving info (learning it is one thing, but getting it out of your brain takes practice!)

    Hang in there. Just start to experiment with different techniques and strategies. Things can only get better from here!


  9. usman March 30, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    What motivates me, is an advice given by one good friend, “Study is boring, so does washing dishes at the restaurant”

  10. REMON May 16, 2010 at 1:06 am #

    I have just completed reading this magical instruction. Now I can feel myself that my assignment stress is going away, far and far………….I can do whatever I want, because I believe myself.

  11. HuskyxD June 14, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Thxxxx for this advice. Now when i’m studying my lame social studies home work i Will remember these Steps. AND again THANK YOU!! keep on doing the good work

  12. cHaErYu June 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    Thanks, I need a bit of motivation these days. My mental mind is really losing it. I used to have it but it’s simply slipping away.

  13. funkygirl95 August 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Love it ! Its very nice . Inspiring πŸ™‚

  14. met September 8, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    dont know what to do…..i have not gained any motivation since yet:(

  15. met September 8, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    please help me

  16. Ashika October 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    gr8 advice…u have done a good job sharing ur experience…
    God bless u

  17. John October 12, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    Sigh… Its really hard for me to get motiviated.. b/c all the “real” jobs are boring… and all the fun paying jobs are not enough.

  18. AN!$h MoH@Mmed October 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    I want something more to get motivated.
    This is not practically acceptable to me.

    Bt thnx for ur advice.

    • Jane October 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

      I wrote that blog post a long time ago. Since then my view on motivation has changed a lot.

      I think the problem is that many of us are waiting for the right moment (when we feel inspired or ready) to start work. But the reality is we may never feel inspired to do the work that needs to be done.

      I tend to live by this philosophy now: action > motivation.

      If you just start doing something small (e.g. writing one sentence, getting the book out of your bag), even if you’re really not in the mood, after awhile you’ll start to see results. That in turn will lead to you feeling motivated and lead to more action.

      Try it and see πŸ™‚

  19. Ron October 27, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Thank you man I’m gona nail this now watch mee

  20. taylor November 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

    I think your latest post, Jane, makes a lot more sence and is most probably the best advice there is in motivating yourself for anything. Thanx.

  21. Michael jackson November 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Thanks for the advise. I’ll try them. ….. Sounds profitable πŸ™‚ “aaaow”

  22. shashikant December 9, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    now i am doing competetive exam preparation, so i read your 5 ways than i am really total motivate, just like charge. Thank you very much.

  23. ahmad raza January 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    i like these tactics

  24. KIRAN January 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm #


  25. Sanjid March 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi! I am really struggling with my biological exam. It is 9 o’clock in the night and I still haven’t started. There is SOO much to study that I don’t know where to start! Please help me.:(

  26. Maffix March 30, 2011 at 6:47 am #


    a beautiful motivation for of the boring study. My study should turn beautiful n interesting n valuable now.

  27. immy April 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Thank you for this valuable blog entry.

  28. MY April 17, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I still don’t feel motivated and my exams are in 2 weeks! Arghh. Help!

  29. Deshnee April 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi I have been battling to get motivated to study. i am looking forward to put your advice to the test

  30. Shivank May 9, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Thanks a lot Jane….it really helped….

  31. Fizzy May 9, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    I m in thesis phase. and too much distructed. thanks for advices

  32. Jane May 30, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Hey everyone,

    I just published another post expanding on this topic – 10 ways to boost your motivation and mood to help you get started on projects – check it out – http://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/10-ways-to-boost-your-motivation-and-mood-to-help-you-get-started-on-projects/



  33. Janet May 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Hi Jane

    I am studying to pass my NCLEX-RN. This is my fourth time taking this exam, and what I hope to be my last. This cloud of tiredness and sleepiness takes over about 30min after starting to study which cuts my study time from 3hrs to max. 1.5hrs, however, i could go on fb and spend three hours.

    I am going to use your suggestions and make it work as it is good.


  34. Shikha June 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    Well, I’ve tried all of these but I just can’t motivate myself to study !!! Can’t understand what to do !!!

  35. Usama June 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Great article! It helped a lot.
    Keep writing such great content.
    Again thanks.

  36. Rinesh dev July 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    Good inspiration views……It is like Metafors…

  37. hawra July 14, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    This was very good ,, I like you and I like ur techniques, thanks a lot, I am inspired

  38. majoka September 7, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    i love what you said about worrying.. i’m really doing bad in my studies cause i worry a lot and not doing anything about it. thanks for the heads up.. =) God bless

  39. chris mitkin September 7, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    thank you

  40. riya September 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    thanx jane,you are giving me the inspiration

  41. Dipankar September 26, 2011 at 1:14 am #

    Economics is a really boring subject.
    One thing i really resent is the fact that marks in an exam either make u or break u.

  42. kamran October 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    thanks a lot .I will do it.

  43. Parlin Pardede October 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiring tips. I’ll motivate my students apply them. Keep writing such fabulous content. Thanks again.

  44. Ankusha October 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    good! this will go a long way in helping those who are always in the well of procrastinating important matters. cheers, Jane! expecting more such wonderful tips frm u.

  45. Rakesh November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    awesome, its really awesome. Everyone should read this to motivate themselves for study………………………

  46. snickers November 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    hey thanks for the tips, one question though: what exactly is an “honours project”????

    • Jane February 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      An honours project is a research project you can do at the end of your undergraduate degree. You need to write a thesis (10,000 – 15,000 words). It’s a steep learning curve, but well worth doing!


  47. priyanka November 25, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    well these 5 tips are quite motivating n i feel really good after reading then. thanks 4 dis i really needed a motivation. the best line in ur article is β€œIf my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it”.

  48. rimon January 8, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    nice that will help me

  49. Florentina January 24, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with me/us. It really helped and from tomorrow on I will try all of those tactics and I really hope that everything will work out! Thank youu πŸ™‚

    btw… do you maybe happen to have any good advice about exams or tests and how you should study each one of the subjects. Because frankly I am quite bad in studying for a few of them and keeping important facts. Even as hard as I try, I dont seem to make much progress in any of them. Which is bringing me kinda down and makes me want to stop trying :/ Would be amazing, if you could help in any way. Thaankkss again! <3

  50. Mr. Singh January 29, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I’m having one of those days where you just can’t seem to focus. Reading this kind of makes want to study. Thank you.

  51. ein riviera February 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    thanks for the tips! i’ve been studying 3 hours per week for 5 years , but this year , stress has added up and i just can’t seem to motivate myself to study , but after reading this , it really got me going , thanks for the tips! πŸ˜€

  52. Anna February 28, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Thank you for your advice on five ways to motivate myself. I am currently working on my master’s in psychology degree. At the moment I have 4.0 GPA from previous classes with one year left to graduation. I am halfway through my 10 week Applied Statistics class with a grade so far of 65 F. I am good at everything except BORING math. Every time I open my statistics book I either daydream or hyperventilate. All other subjects are super easy for me but I have to have Applied Statistics course in order to graduate. Also at my online college any grade under a β€œB” requires student probation which adds to my stress instead of motivating me. Do you have any more advice for people like me?

    • Jane February 28, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Hi Anna

      Statistics can be challenging! Reading about MANOVAs, t-test, regression, repeated measures ANOVAs, cronbachs alpha, etc can be overwhelming (you’re not alone, I’ve been brushing up on my stats recently for my PhD research).

      My only advice would be what I have written in this blog post – http://learningfundamentals.com.au/blog/10-ways-to-boost-your-motivation-and-mood-to-help-you-get-started-on-projects/

      Worrying about your grades is a waste of your precious time, energy and attention. Trust that if you put in the work, you will be OK!

      Start small and keep going when things get uncomfortable! That discomfort will eventually subside πŸ™‚

      All the best,


  53. ankur March 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    thank you for motivating me !

  54. Times have changed. April 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    Jane – I find myself lacking motivation in this day and age because the cut off averages and overall expectations are ridiculous. I also find myself competing on students taking Adderral and Ritalin. How do I compete against a person who pops a pill and can focus on a subject for 9 hours straight with no distraction? The human brain is not meant to do that. Us fair people who try to keep a balanced lifestyle simply stand no chance against these idiots taking drugs during finals and starting cultural clubs with exclusive exam banks (I’m looking at you Chinese Student Association, refer to most recent cheating scandal at University of Toronto). The system is broken, this world is hopeless, and we have all the wrong people (read: mindless drones) for the most important jobs. How do I motivate myself now? Knowing that they will spit on my 83% average after all my hard work anyway?

  55. diya April 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I am faciing a lot of problems regardding studies. It never used to happen with me. I think i have lost that inspiration in me because whatever i do iam never able to concentrate. All this is affecting my grades and i fell really depressed.:(

  56. Sammy Kea April 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    The five ways to motivate yourself to study really helped me. I lost my interest in studying and was on my way to withdraw from studies but thanks the Author of this document.
    I now know what to do.

  57. Ashley April 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    hey! thanks a lot! i particularly find the point of visualizing your actions pretty effective!that kinda really makes u do it! and da thing about doing sumthing even if its very small and not worrying about da project is also very true!!i do that!anyway thanks and hope there’s more advice!!!!

  58. Daniel G May 5, 2012 at 5:37 am #

    I believe fear of grades make me study. lol

  59. bhanu May 7, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    I used to be a bright student, but I lost my focus during my graduation period. I’m going through a high time when I should be studying hard to make my future bright. And this article has helped me a lot. Its all about positive thinking, every action has an equal reaction. So if you study hard, that is your action, the results will surely be fruitful, the reaction. So don’t lose hope, keep working hard thinking about the consequences of your hard work. Eliminate all the worries and elements of doubt from your mind. See yourself rejoicing at the position you want to be at and the result will be magical. πŸ™‚

  60. Sarah May 8, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    ‘fear disappears in the face of action’

    This is my new favourite quote. Thanks for the fantastic article!

  61. razz June 27, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    really well said.I love the advice.I think I can do it and I do feel inspired.thanks for all the good advices.you’ve been very helpful.I am going to have my final examinations this semester and I was lost.I really don’t know what to do or how to start.until I read this very good written article of yours.once again thank you for your inspiration.=)

  62. Shaanu September 4, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    I am a b.Tech final yr student, and i was good scholar in my past days. Before two month ago i met a girl which makes my life so beautiful and full of diffrent colours of feelings. I never faced such amazing and heavenly movments in my life before that girl. Her memories does’nt leave me for a moment. And now i m very nervous for my studies. Many times i tried with my books, notes and pen but i stuck and daydreaming about her.What to do for my study?
    Please help me…

    • Jane January 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      This is a difficult situation! I recommend you work in short sprints of 20 – 30 minutes and then have a break where you allow yourself to think about your girlfriend. If whilst you’re working a thought pops into your mind about your girlfriend, just notice it and let it go when you’re ready.

      Unfortunately, you can’t try to stop thinking about your girlfriend as trying to stop thinking about anything means the thought will just come back stronger (this is known as the rebound effect in Psychology).

      It’s not easy, but with practice and a bit of self discipline you will be OK.
      The honeymoon period will soon pass too πŸ™‚

      I hope this helps!

      Jane Genovese

  63. nat September 24, 2012 at 3:25 am #

    I like this article, I am so frustration for doing my assignment,I felt lack of motivation.

  64. Daz November 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Lol, im gone, dont feel that motivation anymore.. with half of my friends finishing their exams already… studying is so intense and sleepy and boringly lonelyyy. last exam tomorrow within the 4 weeks (completed 6/7) T_T

  65. Larissa November 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    This post totally helps me to regain a bit of my motivation. These past few days I totally lacked any motivation to even start doing any of my assignments. And I have four pending assignments! Thank you so much~ =)

  66. jiny agrawal November 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I know these 5 tips can change me fully ……i will do it…

  67. Luca December 12, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Thanks man :)! I am going to play some online fps before I get back to hw but just by reading this, it put my mind into a completely different mindset. Incredible how the mind works.

    Just think ahead people! It’s fucking worth it ;)!
    More money, more happiness, more years to live, less stress and best of all you can enjoy all those things and more without feeling that guilt. We all know it’s the worse, when you’re out with friends when you know you should be doing hw. Well I better get back to my schedule.

  68. Ghazala December 16, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Thank you for your tips Jane,

    Its sometimes difficult to study when you know it will be difficult especially if you dont understand the topic.

    I realised that rather than under estimate myself its better to just do it…. one tiny step at a time. I soon realised by doing this I not only managed to get through my portfolio but learned many things along the way.

    It is therefore important to conclude that its not just about getting it done but learning along the way…… Ghazalax

    • Jane December 16, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Wise words Ghazala. I totally agree with you. It’s so important to enjoy the learning process along the way. If you just get it done for the sake of ticking it off your list of things to do, it’s going to be extremelly unfulfilling.

  69. Elle January 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    This is very great advice, thank you! Off to do my Macbeth essays! πŸ™‚

  70. Ryuuki January 27, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    All your tips are really good, but I have another problem. I get motivated initially and then later on when i start studying I tend to get dull and demotivated. The topics are interesting, but I just seem to have lost the enthusiasm with which I study. Can you please help me?

    • Jane January 27, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment Ryuuki. This is a common problem, so I’m glad you have mentioned it.
      I will write about how to stay motivated and keep momentum going with study and projects in a future blog post.

      Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚



      • nadia June 16, 2013 at 12:58 am #

        i love ur quotes … they are so motivating.. i a working on my LLM thesis .. almost all of friends are done with it but i am still struck with it… after going through this blog i am gonna start writing at least one page a day …

        • Jane July 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

          Great! All of those pages will add up! Keep at it πŸ™‚


          Jane G

  71. Johannes February 1, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    Thank you so much. I was on the verge of giving up by sleeping when I read this and eventually started again.

  72. Keak.Thebe February 20, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    im really motivated,thanks for reminding that “this wont go on forever”…it makes me fight like for the last time.

  73. Linh February 25, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Thank you very much for your words! I feel very pumped to study for the exam I have tomorrow! The last piece of advice really stood out to me. It states “this won’t go on forever” , which makes me realize, “yes, you’re absolutely right, it won’t!”
    This is a very helpful article! And I hope you did awesome on your honour thesis! Thanks, again!

  74. alex March 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    i guess the most important thing is to have determination and to stay positive πŸ™‚

  75. Cheyenne May 21, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks for the amazing advice Jane. These are really helpful tips! I especially like the quote you included by Jesse Jackson, I’ve committed it to memory now πŸ™‚

  76. pratiksha June 29, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    it was indeed a very helpful article. Take studies as a challenge and set small goals and work to achieve them ….those small goals should ultimately lead to your bigger goal (y)

  77. Zara July 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks for this amazing information. the thing is I’m good at studies and do really well if try hard and stick to it. But alot of times I just cant get myself to study. I feel like this is the most boring thing in the world!! I want to cry thinking that I have to do this to be a professional(which i want to be) so I have to really work hard to motivate myself. I hope these tios would work. Thanks!!

  78. kessaria July 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Gosh.. im trying to deffer stress by avoiding studying and we have an exam like 3 days from now sooooo.. thanks for the advice!!

  79. Caroline Anderson May 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

    I am on my second term for my MBA and I am so demotivated, it is beginning to worry me. Your article might just do the trick I need to read the first two chapters of a boring subject. Thank you so much.

  80. nikhil May 9, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    nice its quite useful for working professionals

  81. william June 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Actually the only way to do those five things is to know you will be leading your self into some fun.

    No matter what the cognative dissonance (barriers based in stress) is based on a childhood theme of this is boring I’m not gonna do it and then gets disguised.

    Still, if someone or something is coercing you into doing you’re work, you need to know about that background stuff to focus on the why. Cause otherwise you’ll know you are doing it for a self defeating purpose.

    But once you got that, I think those are some pretty swell steps.

  82. ate June 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I have another tip:
    I blocked some social media sites and some funny garbage sites. I still have the ability to unblock them, but it’s an extra barrier.
    Maybe it’s just a symptom, but I am frequently distracted by those sites.

  83. Paris October 11, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    Hey Jane,
    This is really fantastic advice! I’m always striving to find more ways to motivate myself and work more effectively, so thank you.
    I also find that rewarding myself is a great way to keep motivated – the incentive of being able to go out with friends or for dinner at the end of a long day is my secret to powering through large workloads!
    If you’re interested, you could check out my blog http://ruleof8.wordpress.com/ as it’s filled with tips and tricks on how to make the most out of student life and studying effectively.
    – Paris

  84. tanjina October 24, 2014 at 4:17 am #

    Love this! Now I know where my maths teacher gets all this advice from! it’s exactly what’s written in this!

  85. Charlotte December 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Really needed this πŸ™‚ thanks!!

  86. bugs March 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    Visualising myself studying is the one thing i never did and i guess i already feel the urge to open the books and solve those irritating problems… thnks for the nicely written article.


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