What do you do when motivation for study runs low? 

Every student in the course of academic pursuit gets confronted with the problem of depleting motivation in school.
The severity might, however, differs from one student to the other. 

That notwithstanding, it shouldn't pose a severe risk to your aspirations for an eye-popping CGPA, provided you know what steps to take. I'll briefly explore ways by which you can deal with low motivation for studies without coming off worse.

The fact that everyone at some point gets confronted with low motivation should keep you at ease when this happens. You could discover your interest in that course of study or subject begins to wane. You don't want to attend classes. Reading becomes a burden. If at all you are present in class, your mind wanders away— a typical sign of disinterest.

How to tackle low motivation

1. Identify triggers: more often than not, a cursory look at causes of low motivation will point to specific triggers. It could be any of fatigue, Financial strain in the University, family responsibilities, social pressures, failed relationships among others. Whatever be the case, low motivation can always be attributed to any of those. Identifying the cause, therefore, helps you in taking the next step.

2. Tackle those triggers: This isn't as easy as it sounds. But it is achievable. I'll give an example to drive the point I'm trying to make. Suppose the weight of responsibility you have to deal with daily is getting in the way of your academic pursuit in college, and this, in turn, threatens your success by lowering your motivation to read, study, attend to assignments, do group studies, etc. The reasonable thing to do in this case is to seek ways of shedding off those responsibilities, so you have ample time to focus on your studies.
Suppose you are dealing with a failed relationship, snap out of it quickly. It's natural to feel hurt. As humans we have emotions which we readily express as situations demand. Get over it. Your mental strength comes to play here. I don't mean you should shy away from those issues. Instead think them through/tackle them once and for all, and move on. The longer they linger, the higher the risk they pose to your academics. If you let issues remain, you put your productivity and efficiency at risk.

Suppose financial stress is at the root of your reduced motivation, you could explore ways of improving your economic status. Take up jobs to shore up your finances or better still, reorder your priorities. You can do that by drawing up a scale of needs preference.

3. Take a break and bask in nature's ambiance: oh yes. Take a walk in the evenings or early mornings. Go to the beach, the park, sit in your garden, take a walk up the mountain, etc. Notice the little details of your surroundings. Watch the trees respond to the wind. Watch the sunrise, and sunset. Do this, and you will be amazed at the turn of events.

4. Draw strength from family and friends: Man is a social animal. When you are low on motivation, draw motivation from family and friends. Open up to them. Suck in all the encouragement you can get. Allow them to help you with specific responsibilities/task. You never can tell if that's what you need to get back on track.

These action points aren't exhaustive, but adherence will sure get you fired up and ready to go.

Thanks for reading. You should share your ideas about what to do when motivation runs low. How did you get pumped up? I am eager to read. Who's going to be the first?


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