We’ve been through it all and we know just how hard school is emotionally, physically and mentally. And it’s just so darn easy to give up and lose motivation to do well, especially through the two-year sprint of the Leaving Cert. But Team Missy has the gift of hindsight and one thing that we wish we had been better at when we were in school was to be more self-motivated.
With that in mind, here are some simple ways to stay motivated in school so you don’t make the same mistakes as us!
Think About How Good It Feels When You Succeed At Something
This can be hard initially, but really focus on how you think you would feel if you started to do better in a subject. Imagine your teacher’s reaction. Or when someone asks how you did and being able to smile back and say that you did well, thanks for asking . Imagine being able to tell the parental unit that you truly did your best. Feels good doesn’t it? Doing well really is super addictive. So, keep that feeling in mind when you feel like you’re losing motivation.
There’s no point in working hard if you’re not going to reward yourself. This can be various things; a weekend off, a new eyeshadow palette, a cupcake, a takeaway… anything that makes you motivated in school. But the thing is, you have to deliver fully on your promise to yourself to earn the reward. No, “Ah I’ve done half the work, I totally deserve a treat now”. Be focused and wait. You’ll appreciate it even more and it will motivate you to do it again. If you’re super entrepreneurial make a deal with your parents that your allowance gets upped.
Get Some Self Control
Having self-control and self-discipline are key ingredients to staying motivated in school. You need to be able to learn to filter out the things that you want to do versus the things that you need to do. That means putting the phone down and getting your homework and studying done. And if you need to sacrifice a night out every now and again to get something done, just go with it. Knowing that you put the work in and had self-control to make your goals a reality is a great feeling.
Get In A Routine
A good, consistent routine is the key to staying motivated and achieving success. Once you come home from school have a quick snack and then hit the homework. We know it’s hard after a long day, but try to get it over with ASAP and then you can relax for the rest of the evening. If possible try keep one day a week study-free. Saturday can be a lovely day to have off. Get up on Sunday and do a few hours and then take the rest of the day off. Stick to this routine for a few weeks and once you get used to it and the results start to show, it will become so much easier. If you’re looking for some ways to be better a studying, we have you covered!
Set Small Goals For Yourself
Be realistic in the goals that you set for yourself. If you’re hoping to be the best at German grammar in a week, you’ll be really let down when that doesn’t happen. Start with setting up a routine and see what results they yield first and then keep building on that bit by bit.
Write down what you need to do daily, weekly and monthly and prioritise what you need to do. Bullet Journaling is a great way to make your own organisational system. We made a whole Pinterest Board dedicated to the process! Tick things off as you complete them to feel some instant gratification for your hard work.
Take A Break
It’s so easy to become burnt out quickly by the demands of school, so like we said above make sure that you take time off to recharge. Work hard for the next few weeks and then take the Mid-Term Break to yourself. That can be one of the rewards that you work towards.
Roll With The Punches
It can be so disheartening to put in the work and to not see the results that you were hoping for, but the key is to not let it deter you from your goals. Except that it was a hard exam, or that you might still have to work a little bit harder. Learn from it, improve and go again. You got this!
Have you any tips for staying motivated in school? Let us know in the comments below.