Q&A: How do I Stick to My Daily Study Plan?

From Jaya: i need tips om how to stick to my daily study plan. plz avoid the usual tips, tell me something new and motivating.

 

Thanks for the question Jaya. It’s no secret that committing to a daily study plan can be a bit blah. When you think about it, you dread doing it, but you know you have to or nothing will get done.

However, there are things that you can do to keep yourself motivated. I’m not sure what the “usual” tips are for you, but here are a few things that help me get through my “To Do” list.

1. Think Positive

If you go into your work thinking things like, “I’m never gonna get this done”, “I so don’t want to do this” or “This sucks”, then getting things done will be a lot harder.

Now I’m not saying you have to do back flips going in, but you need to have the right mindset. Saying things like, “I’m gonna get x, y and z done today or “Once I get this done I can take a break”, will help you get through it a lot faster.

Having a bad attitude going in isn’t going to do anything but make you even more frustrated. If you always go in with a good attitude, sticking to your daily plan will be a piece of cake.

2. Set Realistic Goals

If you have twenty different tasks that you need to do and you know that it’s not possible to get them all done that day, you may need to do some adjusting to your plan.

Once I tried getting ten things done on my list and because they were all time consuming I knew I wouldn’t even make it halfway. I took one look at my list and I ended up doing nothing. Yup… nothing.

Add things to your list that you know you can accomplish that day. If you do that, then you have the piece of mind knowing that everything on your list will be taken care of.

3. Have Some Self Discipline

At some point you’re gonna have to take responsibility and have some self discipline. It’s so easy for your cell phone to ring and you answer it and so easy for you to pull up Candy Crush when the notification says that you now have five lives (guilty as charged).

But you have to nip it in the bud. If you plan on getting anything done then you need to find a way to get rid of those distractions. As hard as it may be; turn off that cell phone or turn it on silent.

Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door to let people know that you’re in stealth mode. Whatever is going on in the outside world can wait until you’re done with your tasks. Once you’ve accomplished your goals you’ll feel so much better.

4. Reward Yourself

I saved the best for last because not only does it come last, it’s a good feeling to be able to give yourself a little sumthin’ sumthin’ after you’ve accomplished your goals.

Rewarding yourself is important because you know you’ve arrived at the point where all of your daily tasks are done and you’ve achieved your goals for that day.

So whatever you want to indulge in… knock yourself out. Go and play that Candy Crush game that’s been calling your name, call your friends, get a snack… whatever your heart desires do it because you know what… YOU DESERVE IT!

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