5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Do Homework – No Matter How Tired You Feel

Posted Friday, Apr 4, 2008 by admin

You just got off work – finished some chores around the house – and now you’re supposed to do your homework?

Yeah, right.

Here are 5 practical tips on how to motivate yourself to do homework – no matter how tired you feel:

1. Divide assignments into small chunks.
If you have a large homework assignment or paper to write, divide the workload into small bits. Creating smaller assignments for yourself makes everything feel much more manageable. For example, instead of getting freaked out about a 10-page essay assignment – think of it as several small, manageable assignments that you can accomplish on various days.

2. The 5-Minute Mind Hack
Here’s a trick to get you studying a subject that you’d rather not be doing. The trick is to tell yourself that you will only study for 5-minutes – and if you’re still not motivated to keep going – you can stop. Most people who commit themselves to a mere 5-minute study session will keep going. It’s just a matter of forcing yourself to start. So get to it.

3. Set some goals for yourself during each study session.
Every time you sit down to start studying you should make a habit to write down your study session goals. Your study goals could be as simple as:

  • Read book
  • Take notes
  • Write flashcards
  • Write outline for paper

By writing mini-goals it will help you focus on the areas you need to finish. And you’ll feel good as you complete each goal and cross them off your list.

4. Give yourself a reward after studying
Plan on giving yourself a reward after you study. The reward doesn’t have to be something that costs money either – it could be time spent playing games or networking on MySpace. Just make sure the reward is something worth studying for.

5. Ask your friends/family to bug you about studying.
Yeah, nobody likes to be “bugged” about school, but sometimes it can really help. You see, friends and family are usually the ones that distract us from homework. So if you get them to support you in school, they will be far less likely to invite you places that will keep you away from the books.

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