Any advice for someone who struggles intensely with motivation when it comes to schoolwork?
Asking on behalf of a friend who is experiencing mental health challenges <3
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Instead, the next time you don't feel like studying, try to sit down, even if it's just for 10 minutes. Set a timer and see what you can accomplish in that time. Chances are, that 10 minutes may go by faster than you think and you'll realize you really can be motivated and not too overwhelmed. If you really can't focus after 10 minutes, focus on doing a light task that you need to do anyway to take care of yourself like showering, eating, exercising, etc. Then, you can try again after the task is done. If you focus on your goals in small chunks, you will slowly progress towards the finish line!
Another thing to know is that some people suffering from depression have a very difficult time with motivation. If none of the above tips work, encourage your friend to talk with a school counselor, school social worker, or to go to the college counseling center. There is professional help available at almost every school, or at least someone who can help your friend get linked with a counselor.
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But most importantly put yourself first! Your mental health will ALWAYS be more important than any homework assignment. Be sure to take breaks and time away from school just to focus on you and do things that make you happy and bring you joy.
Bonus points for also using apps to block your access to distractingly social media sites, or working on assignments that do not require internet use (like writing a paper when you have already completed your research) in a WiFi dead zone or with your WiFi off.
I think this is also applicable to those who are working as well and the only thing you might be able to do is to keep moving forward, do something else beside your studies, something you are really passionate about. We are all different human beings and we are all motivated differently. That is why it is good to find something that you like, something rewarding for yourself that after doing your studies, you will be able to do it.
I used to be in a band, and I am motivated to study because, if I do great on my studies I will be able to play my music at the end of the day.
Keep pushing forward and do not be too hard on yourself.
I wasn't a great student I struggled staying focused or being motivated by school work, even in college. This lack of motivation did not carry over to my career! I have been motivated by working for great companies and with great people. So while school is necessary you have many many more talents that will make you successful. Good luck and keep working hard! School is one small piece of the puzzle, keep that in mind.
More importantly: if your friend already knows that they are struggling with their mental health, no amount of forcing themselves to be motivated will help. A lack of motivation is often a symptom, not the problem. I would encourage your friend to look for extra help and resources. Most colleges offer on-campus therapy or access to a psychiatrist at free or heavily discounted rates. If your school doesn't offer therapy, they could search for therapists in their area - most therapists offer sliding scale payments, which means they'd be able to find a therapist that they can afford. If your friend already knows that they have a specific learning disability related to focus / motivation (for example, add/adhd, executive function issues, etc) your school will likely be able to provide learning accommodations. Here's a great example: I had friends in college with ADD who really struggled to complete tests in a crowded lecture hall, in less than an hour. They were able to get accommodations to take their tests in a quiet room and have a bit longer to complete their work.
It's really hard to force yourself to be motivated and focus! Sometimes we just have to be kind to ourselves and try to solve the bigger problem first. I hope your friend is able to get the support they need.