10 Tips To Beat Laziness And Start Studying
Let’s face it – not many people actually like studying. It takes time out of the fun bits of your day, and can really put the brakes on an awesome weekend.
Unfortunately, study is essential if you want to get ahead in life; when duty calls you need to be prepared. If you’re feeling too lazy to study, then try these 10 awesome tips to get your motivation back on track, and your study firing on all cylinders!
Now, let’s get on with the list:
1. Create a study plan –
One of the best ways to increase study motivation is to create a simple plan that outlines exactly what you should be working on at any time. Although some people like to claim that the man who does not know his final destination always travels further, when it comes to studying you are far better served to have a defined plan.
If you’ve got a smart phone then you can use an app such as iStudyPlan, or even something as simple as a piece of paper with timeframes and subjects will help you out.
2. Break up study into manageable chunks –
So you’ve got a study plan ready to go… and first on your list is five hours’ straight of Roman Republican poetry. Good luck, you’re gonna need it.
By breaking up your study into very manageable chunks – between 20-30 minutes – you’ll make it infinitely easier to manage your workload. It also appears much less daunting to sit down and study for 20 minutes than it does to study for two hours.
There are loads of apps out there to help you do this using your smartphone or table; just do a search in the Apple app store or Google equivalent.
3. “Micro study” –
This technique of overcoming study procrastination is straight from the pages of the pros (in fact, it’s so powerful that I might even have to create some proper training on it). “Micro studying” involves using short periods of daily downtime to cram in additional bits of study.
For example, that 10 minute bus ride to work on a Friday morning is a great opportunity to drill yourself on key World War II history dates. When you go to the bathroom each day, instead of taking a magazine in there, why not use a flash card app on your iPhone to boost your confidence on a subject that you’re struggling with.
One of my favorite applications of micro-studying has been doing quick revisions of key concepts during ad breaks on TV, or between rounds of online games.
4. Find alternative methods of studying.
I’ll touch on this now, and again towards the end of this blog post, because I’m so enthusiastic about the importance of this point. If you’re finding it hard to get motivated to study, then try using an alternative method to study. For example, if you have been assigned a book to read, then try finding its audiobook and listening to that instead. If you’re studying a famous historical event, then there is a probably a documentary about it that you can watch somewhere.
5. Eat brain food –
It goes without saying that if your diet is crap. If you aren’t eating the right types of foods, then you will really struggle when it comes to focusing on a task and being motivated (as I have blogged about here, here, and here).
Make sure you are fueling your mind to be in a good study zone. Cut down on processed carbohydrates and fuel up with low-GI foods instead. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids by consuming more oily fish; this is a renowned brain food that can really supercharge your mind!
6. Ensure adequate hydration –
Hydration, alongside diet, is crucial for getting you in the right mental state to study. Make sure your body is ready and willing to study by avoiding dehydration (it’s a real risk, especially if you exercise frequently or, like most students, enjoy getting on the drink a bit too much).
7. Reward yourself for studying –
This one is dead simple. By rewarding yourself periodically – such as whenever you complete a successful block of study – you will be more inclined to get off your butt and get things done. Rewards don’t need to be complex; something as simple as allowing yourself ten minutes of Facebook for 30 minutes study can work as a fantastic motivational tool.
8. Block distractions –
Many people fall into the trap of confusing perpetual distraction, especially by sites like Facebook and Twitter, with feeling too lazy to do any study. If you find yourself creeping onto social networking sites or online shopping stores when you are supposed to be studying, then you are probably just suffering from a bit of “digital distraction”. Religiously checking your cell phone is another common distraction that can easily be mistaken for Facebook.
Try blocking these distractions and then see how dramatically your study focus improves. You can use software like I AM STUDYING on your computer to prevent you from accessing certain sites for a period of time. When it comes to your cell phone, I suggest switching it off and leaving it in another place during the duration of your study. The world isn’t going to end if you miss a Snapchat!
9. Keep a study diary –
Keeping a simple notebook diary of how your study is progressing is one of the most effective things you’ll ever do. Write the subject/material you studied and how long for, and then give yourself a star rating (1-5 stars) of how well you felt you performed during that study session. If you suddenly feel like Albert Einstein after a focused study session, then give yourself a good rating. However, if you don’t think you achieved anything and spent more time lounging about than you did reading, then be harsh on yourself.
The benefit of this journal system for studying is that it helps keep you focused and on track. You could do something fancy with Excel and go so far as to chart your study performance over time. However, I think a pen and paper works best in this instance.
10. Try to have fun –
One of the most powerful things you’ll ever do to enhance your study and actually find the motivation to get it done is to try and have a bit of fun. Things you enjoy are naturally easy to avoid procrastinating.
But how do you bring fun in to study?
Firstly, by rewarding yourself (as was mentioned in point seven) you’ll automatically make things more enjoyable.
Another winning tactic is to study using a method you actually find engaging. For example, not everybody likes reading books to study. If you prefer watching videos, then find documentaries or tutorials on YouTube about your subject. Maybe you like video games? More often than not there will be interactive quizzes to help make study more engaging for you.
By following the above tips and tricks you’ll never again be too lazy to get your study on! If these tricks and tips are helpful for you, then I’d really appreciate if you share them using the buttons at the top of the page.