Getting Motivated and Following Through

when all you want to do is curl up in bed...

We’ve all been there. We’ve worked hard all week, finally got to rest on the weekend, and now it’s Monday again and we just can’t seem to be productive. Or maybe it’s the holidays and you’ve picked the perfect New Year’s resolution, but you can’t seem to commit to changing your old ways. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Make a Plan
First and foremost, set your goal. Is it to get in better shape? Get all your work done? Get an A on your next big test? Whatever it is, make sure you’re passionate about it. Your goal needs to be something you want to do, even if it seems daunting. Make a plan, and stick to it. Try breaking the goal down into pieces. For example, if your goal is to finish your essay in three days, write the first half on day one, the second half on day two, and proofread on day three. This way, you achieve small goals on a daily basis. (Trust me, even the smallest achievements feel amazing.)

Get organized and find your space
One of the things that motivates me most is shopping for supplies. So think, what materials do you need to achieve your goal? Pens, pencils, a planner, new sneakers… whatever it may be, stock up. Having the materials you need to get stuff done will make you want to get stuff done. Now, find a space you can work in. If it’s your room, clean it! Or maybe it’s a coffee shop, or a park, or the library. Make sure you’re comfortable in that space and can do what you need to do. Don't forget to account for how you're feeling. If you're tired, don't do homework on your bed. You'll just fall asleep! Opt for your desk instead. 

Ask for support
In all honesty, getting things done is hard sometimes. You lose the motivation you built up, and you don’t achieve what you wanted to. The feeling of losing interest and motivation is pretty much inevitable, but that doesn’t mean you have to give in. Ask a friend to help you out, or get a parent or sibling to be your own personal cheerleader. Having people encouraging you and working alongside you will help you get the job done. Plus, surrounding yourself with good people and good vibes will make your journey a lot more fun.

Stay positive
It’s hard, I know. As I said before, you feel yourself losing interest and motivation, and it sucks. Try to revisit the reasons you wanted to accomplish this goal in the first place. Envision how amazing you’ll feel when you’re finished. Write these reasons down and put them somewhere you’ll see them often.

Treat yo self!
This is probably the most important (and fun) part. Every time you accomplish a part of your goal, treat yo self! Eat some chocolate when you finish the first half of your essay. Take a bubble bath after you go running. Once you’ve completed something you wanted to do, spend time on yourself, because you did it and you’re amazing for it.  

During the school year (especially the times before a break), it can be hard to be motivated. You tend to want to slack off and relax, and your main focus is the week and a half you won’t be in school come late December. But remember, setting and accomplishing a goal feels amazing, and you can do it!

Article by Simone
Art by Charis