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Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

HOW TO CONQUER THE MORNINGS?

Hello, my fellow morning zombies!

So, you tried the super annoying alarm clock that literally forces you out of bed because it sounds like 9.0 magnitude earthquake! But only to drag yourself out of bed just to grunt like a cave person complaining about the mornings while waiting for your coffee?

Well, it may work well in the military!

If your new habit feels horrible, you are not going to make it very far!

So, wait there is a nicer way?

Yep.

PROBLEM: FULLY CHARGED BEFORE BEDTIME

  • Don’t eat 2 hours before sleeping.
  • No screens in room at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Get to bed on time – 30 day challenge (set alarm).
  • Write ideas, diary, to do list to get rid of thoughts before sleep.
  • Prepare everything upfront (clothes and breakfast).
  • Create a bed ritual that will relax you (meditation-Headspace app, reading fiction-Audible).
PROBLEM: LOSING THE SNOOZING BATTLE

  • Wear warm bedclothes.
  • Countdown from 5 and jump out of bed.
  • Keep the clock away and make 10 high jumps before snoozing.
  • Team up with friends
  • Find your BIG reason why and keep track of progress otherwise “sleep more” will remain to be your main priority.
PROBLEM: BEING A CAVEMAN IN MORNING

  • Find clock alarm that doesn’t turn you into Hulk (relaxing music).
  • Get app that will wake you up at the right time e.g. sleepy time.
  • Wake up gradually e.g. 15 minutes earlier every day.
  • Drink a glass of water.

Just follow those and you WILL conquer the mornings!

Any other ideas? Share below!

3 tips to boost your productivity for a successful semester

Stressed out by tons of assignments coming constantly? Here are 3 tips to help you reorganise your schedule and study more effectively for a successful semester!

Prioritise based on importance and urgency

In his best-seller “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Dr. Stephen R Covey proposed a method of prioritisation that ranks tasks to be done each week based on their levels of importance and urgency. While people normally prioritise both important and urgent tasks first, this problem-minded approach is ineffective in the long term. Instead, we should become more opportunity-minded by focusing on important yet non-urgent tasks, so that our schedule will not be clogged up in the future.

Prioritisation Chart for Effective Time Management

Focus more with the Pomodoro technique

The main principle behind this technique is to break your work time into 25-minute intervals with short breaks of 3 to 10 minutes in between. This technique helps us fully concentrate on the task at hand, especially when we are so often distracted by many things nowadays.

Steps of the Pomodoro Technique

Save time with visual book summaries

Productivity Game is a great collection of short videos which perfectly summarise books with various topics. Whereas these books normally take you weeks to finish, Productivity Game lets you get hold of the books’ most important insights with only around 20 minutes. These videos are also presented in a visually attractive way, making it much easier to follow.

Have you tried any of these methods before? Were they effective? Don’t hesitate to comment your experience below!