Four tips to amp up your motivation

motivation on a piece of paper in front of a person wearing glassesAs the semester moves forward, motivation often wanes; this can lead to procrastination and ultimately result in poor grades. Don’t fall victim to the mid-semester slump – reinvigorate your enthusiasm by following these simple, but effective tips.

Take it One Step at a Time

Don’t start your semester with procrastination. Things seem much more manageable when you have a smaller to-do list. When projects get put off and that to-do list of yours starts getting bigger, it’s easy for panic to set in. Make yourself tackle at least one project or one task each day. Starting with the easier, quicker tasks will get them out of the way while helping to build your confidence. The semester will go much more smoothly if you’re not cramming it all in during finals week.

Reward Yourself

If you’re having trouble getting started on your schoolwork, promise yourself a reward once you’ve completed it. For example, you could reward an hour of studying with 15 minutes of an activity you find enjoyable, like video games, TV, or reading your latest page-turning novel. If you finish a project or paper, take yourself out for a treat before starting your revisions.  Promise yourself some sort of reward each time you complete a step or task, and you’ll be much more relaxed, happy and motivated.

Get Moving

It’s very difficult to keep your mind stimulated when your body has been in one place for an extended period of time. When you’re studying or doing homework and start to feel your thoughts drifting, get up and move! Go grab yourself something to eat or drink, take a walk around the building, join a fitness class or even just go to the restroom. Take 15 minutes and get your heart pumping, and you’ll find that when you get back to your books, it will be much easier to keep your mind focused.

Don’t Do it Alone

It is much easier to get things done if you have someone holding you accountable for your actions. Form a study group or find a study buddy. Schedule time once a week to get together and work on projects or help each other study for exams. This way, you have set dates and times that your schoolwork will definitely get done.

Do you have any tips and tricks that have worked for you in the past? Share them in the comments below and have a successful semester!


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About the Author

Jackie June is the Graphic Design and Digital Media Specialist in CCA’s Communications Department. She has a B.A. in Design Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and has over 5 years of experience working in graphic design, photography, and communications.  


  1. Phil Weston

    January 28, 2014

    Great guidelines for the process of learning, Jackie!

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