Few things are more frustrating than not being able to properly motivate yourself to go to school. Attending school can feel like a chore, even though it's a great place to spend time with friends, learn new and exciting things or get involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, art or drama. Consider trying multiple motivational tactics to get yourself properly motivated and inspired to go to school.
Discover the exact reasons why you’re not motivated to go to school. Are you depressed, being bullied at school or simply not feeling challenged enough by your courses? By determining what’s dampening your motivation to attend school, you'll be able to successfully regain your motivation to learn. Talk with a trusted friend, family member or school counselor to gain insight into your lack of motivation.
Change the negative mind-set you have about school. Write out on a piece of notebook paper a complete list of the advantages or benefits of going to school. To get the list started, think about the things you hope to achieve by going to school or the special things you like about attending school. Make multiple copies of the finished list and place them in diverse places around your home to help motivate you to get ready for school.
Set daily or weekly goals to attend school, and reward yourself with a fun activity once you've met your goals. According to the University of North Carolina, goals are considered statements of purpose and are very important to the individual looking to gain self-motivation. Write down your daily or weekly goals and the rewards you’ll grant yourself upon reaching them on a separate sheet of notebook paper. This keeps the goals fresh in your mind and helps you remember them at a later date.
Surround yourself with people or friends who support your academic pursuits and are motivated themselves to attend school. The LSU Center for Academic Success recommends dropping any negative, self-centered friends you might have because they’ll only hinder or deplete your motivation to go to school.
Things You Will Need
- Friend/family member/school counselor
- Notebook paper
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