One of the things a student experiences, whether s/he’s already having a master’s degree or still a fifth grader, is the struggle in overcoming laziness in studying. It is the time when you have tons of school works to do yet you don’t feel like doing it. Laziness keeps us from doing important tasks and it could hinder our studies. If it continues, it will become a habit that could have a negative implication to your grades or worst to your future endeavors. Sounds horrible right? But then, just like any other things, you can get rid of it. Here are some tips that could help you overcome laziness in studying:
1. Be in a comfortable place.
One thing that could help fight laziness is finding a good location. Being in a comfortable place whether it’s in your favorite coffee shop, or just in your own bedroom that is free from distractions could help you to relax your mind and focus on studying.
2. Make a study plan.
Having a study plan will help you organize and track down your tasks easier. Make a timetable wherein you set a time schedule for a certain subject and other tasks to do. List down your assignments that are due and arrange them like a calendar. In this way, it could help you prioritize and get it done on time.
3. Take one step at a time.
Taking actions one step at a time will help you beat laziness. Breaking down bigger tasks into smaller tasks will help you avoid being stressed. This will make your tasks a lot more manageable. Completing a sub task will serve as a motivation for you to continue other sub tasks thus, helping you finish your overall task in a more convenient way.
4. Make a to-do list.
There are times that because of so much things to do, just like preparing for major exams, you lost track of other things that need to be done. You could make a to-do list with just a piece of sticky note since it’s handy and you could place it anywhere. Placing a to-do list where you could see it every time, will help you remind what to do next. Also, making a to-do list will help you focus on doing your tasks especially that distractions are just around the corner.
5. Remove all distractions.
Being distracted while studying will make you lazier. It is better to get rid of all distractions such as turning off your TV or internet connection or just by simply switching your phone to silent mode or you could even ask your roommate or family member to give you privacy. Keep in mind that avoiding these disturbances will aid you to concentrate and study effectively.
6. Find motivation.
One of the top reasons why many students are lazy to study is due to lack of motivation. Finding motivation will help you to concentrate and think about the benefits after studying, just like passing an exam and getting high grades or recognition from your teacher or you will be noticed by the cutie you have a crush on when you got the perfect score. Visualize yourself after studying and think of its positive outcome. In this way you could study effectively since you already have that will to achieve something.
7. Think about its consequences.
Thinking about the positive outcome of studying could be a motivation for a person to start studying. If you have this kind of motivation in your mind, yet you still do not have that willpower to start it and laziness still dominates you, how about trying the other way around? Instead of thinking the benefits of studying, think about the consequences if you don’t study. You could possibly have a failing grade and will be forced to take up the same subject again. It sounds terrible. So have this as a motivation to get up, flip the pages of your notebooks, start reading and learning.
8. Do easier tasks.
One thing that could be a problem in studying, is actually how to start it. You tend to be overwhelmed with bigger tasks and how to start it and finish it on time. Take it easy. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself as it could add up to your laziness. That feeling when you want to give up even though you are not yet beginning. Overcome it by starting with easier tasks. For example, start to study topics on a certain subject that is easier for you. Once you successfully completed studying that topic, you will have the confidence to move on to more difficult ones.
9. Discipline yourself.
This is the most important thing. The key to beat your laziness is to discipline yourself. In order to achieve something successfully, you must need to stop certain habits or behaviors. As with studying, you must need to stop certain things that could distract you and lose your focus and start doing things that could contribute to accomplish good results. If you easily get distracted with gadgets, put them away while you are studying. Make this a habit so that the next time you have to study, you will get used to it. Keep in mind that these little sacrifices will have great results in the future.
10. Reward yourself.
Overcoming laziness is really a struggle, so every time you manage to do it, have yourself a reward. Like if you study for 20 minutes or finish an assignment without any interruptions, give yourself a treat, whether it is your favorite bar of chocolate or favorite ice cream. This will help you build a mindset that making efforts results into positive outcomes.
Being lazy with studying is a normal thing. Everyone experiences it, especially if there are a lot to study on and you don’t know where and how to start. However, whether it is for a major exam or a small quiz, you have to take it seriously. Commit yourself to break the habit of laziness. Work harder! Keep in mind that the harder you try, the greater the result is.
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