Today’s post is a collab with the lovely Gold Wrappings. I’m so happy to be collaborating with her as she has such a lovely blog and always posts such positive and wonderful things! Today we’re sharing tips on how to get motivated; her’s will be regarding life in general, whereas mine focus more on studying!
It’s super difficult to start revising – everyone knows the struggle. You get out all of your books, colourful pens and textbooks; you write a to do list and set yourself a timer, and soon you’re staring at the page of an Elizabethan history textbook wanting to literally die of boredom and so you don’t revise! Totally not a story based on my personal experience…
Anyway, today I’m sharing five of my favourite tips which really help you to revise, get motivated for revision and stick at it. It’s something we all need to do from time to time, or maybe all the time, and so if you’re motivated to do it you tend to enjoy it more, remember more info and it isn’t such a huge chore to do. If you fancy reading any other posts about motivation and organisation, you can check out this one I wrote in October 2017 too as it’s filled with some helpful tips!
1. USE COLOURFUL PENS AND PRETTY STATIONERY
Not only will this motivate you to revise, because you’ll be getting to use all that gorgeous stationery that you keep buying but have nothing to use it for, but you’ll actually remember more things! Using colour in your revision is proven to make you remember facts and key bits of information much better, so drag out your highlighters and colourful fine liners and get revising!
2. SET YOURSELF A TIME LIMIT
If you hate revising as much as I do, you’ll know the daunting feeling of having a six hour study day ahead of you: not appealing. I never let myself revise for longer than an hour at a time, because after that much time my brain turns into total fluff and won’t remember anything else. I take half hour breaks between my study sessions too, and while I try do at least two hours every evening, if I’m not feeling it then I won’t do it. I find that having a time limit makes it way more achievable to revise, and there are so many ways you can split your time, for example trying the pomodoro method; it’s a bit too disjointed for me but if it’s something you enjoy then there are loads of apps you can use to structure your revision around it.
3. HAVE A TIMETABLE
If you know what subjects you need to be revising and when, starting revision is a lot easier because you don’t spend years deliberating over what subject you should do or sorting out all your notes. You know what you need to do and you can just do it. I have a timetable with two hours of revision a day scheduled into it and it fits around my life nicely. There are so many ways you can create one, mine is very simplistic but there are loads on youtube that can be really helpful. Don’t feel super obliged to stick to it, but it’s there for some structure as and when you need it.
4. REWARD YOURSELF
After you’ve done loads of revision and you’re left feeling super productive, reward yourself! Not only will you feel the satisfaction of getting loads of work done, but you can now enjoy yourself doing virtually anything you want without feeling that oh-no-I-should-be-working guilt! Go binge watch Friends on Netflix (this is my current favourite reward, the episodes are great for study breaks too because they’re just twenty minutes long!) or read a book, treat yourself to a pamper evening or anything else which will make you happy!
5. DON’T OVERFACE YOURSELF
It’s all well and good getting loads of work done in one day and feeling super productive, but you aren’t a robot and everybody needs a break. If you don’t feel like revising or doing loads of work then leave it, maybe just do a little. It’s important to not leave yourself drowning in work that you don’t want to do because it won’t be enjoyable and it’ll become a chore.
I hope you enjoyed those five tips and you’ll find them useful; remember, it’s not only revision that you can use them for, they can be applied to almost any situation where you need to get motivated and get something done! Remember to go check out Jana’s post on her blog here, and leave some love over there! Also, I’m very close to 800 followers which is honestly insane to me! I’d just like to say thanks to anyone who does follow my blog, and hello to any of my newer followers!