4 Study and Motivation Tips

by - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hey everyone, this summer I have some mammoth tasks on my plate. I've got to do my dissertation in order to finish my masters, get a job and I've set myself the task of losing weight as well.

How on Earth will I do this? I hear you ask. Well, I am trying to balance lots of things at once without losing my mind, so I decided to share some of my top tips with you and hopefully then you can share some of yours! 


Tip 1: PRIORITISE

I have started something recently where I make a massive to-do list, and realise how unachievable it is and so I have to prioritise! My tip is on your list pick out your top THREE things you want to acheive that day. Just three. If the list seems a lot more manageable you are more likely to tackle it. Mine for today is to vote, watch an East German Film and to begin secondary source analysis. As long as I have done those things I can be pleased with myself! I understand some days you might have more stuff to do, but the key thing with this method is to make sure the amount of things you have to do isn't weighing you down.

Tip 2: BLANK CANVAS

Below is a photo of my desktop - it has ONE THING on it. It's taken me a while, and lots of practice but I finally have everything on my computer organised in folders. I find that this really helps me to work, because then I don't get stressed about where things are going and where to find them. I would really recommend getting a system sorted as soon as you can and then when you are really pushed for time you know it's done! I have folders for my blog, for my masters, for jobs (and then my CV on my desktop just in case I am in dire need of it!). 


Tip 3: CATEGORISE

I am a big fan of bullet journal style lists, where you write everything you need to do in the same place, but I find that it works best for me when I categorise things on the list, so for example at the moment, I will have headings like "Career" and "Dissertation" which help me to know what I am working towards when I am completing the lists. It also helps when I block out my time, as I might want spend mornings doing things for my dissertation, but not know where to start - having your to do lists in categories can help you break down tasks. 

Tip 4: ACTION

This is definitely the most important tip. I learnt about this one at a training course about project management at my last full-time job, and it's had a really lasting effect on how I write my to-do lists. Always write your to do lists as an action. If you put "sort out room", what do you mean? Do you mean "pick up all socks on the floor"? Don't put "sort out dissertation sources" put "organise key sources" and "create a list of sources". Make sure you write everything as an action so you can get stuck into the doing (rather than the planning) straight away. By breaking large tasks down into actions, you can ensure that it doesn't seem overwhelming (one of the biggest causes of procrastination) and you can get it done as soon as possible. 

Hope this was helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any more tips.. Claudia 

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4 comments

  1. I absolutely must have a blank canvas! I even hate having multiple tabs open haha. And writing lists is another big one that I do all the time, thanks for sharing xx

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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  2. Prioritization is key!! I too struggle with having only starting with 3 priorities a day, but it is better to do only 3 things than to get overwhelmed with the length of your list and not get anything done!

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  3. These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.
    Lea, xx

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  4. Great tips! I love having everything organized in my computer. I can't stand when I see other people computers full of files and stuff hahaha.

    Xx, Melissa
    elephantontheroad.com

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