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Best strategies to get motivated?

  1. Dec 29, 2013 #1
    I have serious problems with my motivation, I need help!

    Right now I am preparing for a transfer program(The first year of engineering broken up into 2 years) in a few months I need to work around the clock pretty much.

    Do you have any tips for motivation and discipline? What makes you work hard?

    Also, is it appropriate to get a tutor? does it help move you along quicker?
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  3. Dec 29, 2013 #2
    I don't think that motivation will make you work around the clock, work ethic will. I once heard someone along the lines: Motivation gets the ball rolling, work ethic/discipline keeps the ball rolling. That being said i think best way to develop work ethic is to develop work habits. Since you said that you are starting in few months, i would use those months to start developing habit of working every day for 6 hours. Here is a nice link to PsyBlog about how long it takes to develop a habit: http://www.spring.org.uk/2009/09/how-long-to-form-a-habit.php
  4. Dec 29, 2013 #3


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    1. Take care of yourself. This includes getting the sleep that you need consistently, eating right, exercising regularly, avoiding those stresses that you can avoid, and making good use of down time to relax. I think people often mistake the lethargy that comes with poor nutrition or lack of sleep for a lack of motivation.

    2. Learn how you learn. If you want to develop good study habits you have to figure out what works best for you and this could involved some experimentation. Assess critically what has worked for you in the past and try to predict what kind of changes you will need as the coursework becomes more challenging. It's a lot easier to maintain your motivation if you feel like you're being effective with your study habits.

    3. Identify and limit your vices. You probably already know what these things in your life are. You also very likely have an idea of where that threshold is between necessary down time and procrastination. It takes a lot of willpower to avoid these and willpower is not an unlimited resource. Figure out way to make these activities a little harder to do in your daily routine.

    4. Make the time to follow your personal interests. It's extremely easy to get caught up in the trap of working from assignment to assignment and studying only the material that's covered in your courses. While the majority of this should be intrinsically interesting to you, I've always felt that it's important to read up on the stuff that may not be covered in your classes, but that you really want to know about. Often classes will "touch on" something or even skip topics altogether that you may have an interest in. You are most motivated when you're trying to figure out a problem that you've set for yourself... or at least I am.

    5. Spend time with like-minded, positive people who have similar goals. Avoid spending time with people who have negative attitudes or who are negative influences. You tend to pick up habits from the people you hang around.
  5. Dec 30, 2013 #4
    Wow guys, I couldn't have asked for a better response. You guys are really wise! Thanks so much for the help.
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