“Haaah! I’m tired and I have this assessment coming up soon. I need to study. What do I do?” If you are in this kind of situation, don’t fret, I have come up with different ways to motivate yourself to study even when everything seems not right – with you or within your environment.
Tiredness could be a result of stress or weather condition. This article seeks to tell you ways you can motivate yourself to study even when you are tired. Let’s dive into it!
14 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Study Even When Tired
1. Set Goals and be Mindful of Them
Setting a goal is one of the ways to motivate you to study. This is very important whenever you want to achieve anything meaningful in life. Before you even begin to read, you must have something at stake or there must be a reason why you need to study in the first place. Now that’s your goal. Tell yourself “I’m on an important journey and I can’t afford to back down at this moment”.
Even though you are tired, when you remember your set goal(s) – say your examination is coming up in a few weeks and you need to pass, or you have a presentation, seminar, workshop, or even a lecture to make on something in a few days, you will surely rise and pick up that book.
2. Want to Motivate Yourself to Study, Try Taking a Shower or Bath
Taking a shower or bathing after a stressful day is one of the ways to motivate yourself to study. This may sound funny to you, but it isn’t to me and anyone who has tried it. Freshening up has a special way of relieving you of the stress you feel. According to research, taking a shower or a hot bath can help us feel better about ourselves.
After a stressful day, take a nice warm shower and try to relax, as it’s known that when we feel better physically, we get more confident in ourselves, the more convinced we are up to the challenges ahead.
Also, I suggest you quickly look at how a hot bath can clean off a day’s stress here.
Whenever you are tired but still need to study, don’t hesitate. Just take a shower!
3. Set a Reward for Yourself
Sounds childish right? Ok fine. Consider this scenario and then we’ll see if you still feel the same:
Fatima – a customer care agent in an establishment, needed to study for an examination which she hasn’t prepared for it well the following day, but she was tired because of work. She needed rest but can’t because of what’s at stake. She recently caught her husband in an act of infidelity which hurt her so much. He has been apologizing for weeks since the incident but never did she forgive him, though deep down, she wants to so peace could reign in the family. To motivate herself, she decided “I will forgive my husband if I pass my examination”. That was all it took. She passed her exams and her family is back to normal!
Everyone wants to be appreciated when they do something good. That was her way of rewarding herself.
Do you still see it as childish? I bet NO!
4. Breakdown the Material
I remember one time during my days in the university; I had a big material on Geomorphology to study – the kind that will scare an average student. So, I kept on worrying and thinking of how to go about studying the material. Behold! I got found the way. It was like a voice came down from the sky and said to me “break down that material into chunks” which I did. Since then, I hardly get scared of studying, no matter how voluminous the material is.
You can also do that. I understand the situation where one is tired but still has to study because of a test, examination, and the likes. Trust me, I have been there. But not to worry, just try and break that material into smaller units so that reading and comprehending the content becomes less tasking, and doesn’t scare you.
You may decide to pick topic by topic or chapter by chapter. Just remember that your choice should be strictly related to your intellectual ability.
5. Study Bit By Bit
One of the ways to motivate yourself to study is by studying the material bit by bit. Because you are already tired, you will most definitely feel lazy to read even though you know you have to study because of the situation at hand, do not go for the entire material at a blow. You should consider reading item by item or paragraph by paragraph – whichever one works for you at the moment.
By so doing, you won’t be bored and at the same time, you are on the course of achieving your goals. As they say, “slow and steady wins the race”.
6. Get an Active Study Friend
Having an active study friend could go a long way in motivating you to study when you are tired. They could be messiahs depending on how keen they are to studying. They are those kinds of people that they not only love to read but have a passion for it. I bet you can’t be relaxed or lazy when you have such friends around you. Attend tutorials together, or have group discussions on the subject matter.
They are those kinds of friends that set your butt on fire to enable you to get to space regardless of how tired you are.
If you don’t have one, get one now!
7. Remind Yourself That It Won’t Last Forever
One of the ways to motivate yourself to study when tired is by telling yourself “this shit ain’t gonna last forever”. Of course, no study lasts forever, there is surely a time when it will come to an end. That’s what you should be looking at, not the stress.
This has helped me a lot, and I strongly believe it will help you too.
8. Setting a Timer or Reminder
Setting a timer as one of the ways to motivate yourself to study, is very important. Here, you don’t need to purchase expensive timers to be able to achieve this, your mobile phone can do. Unlock that phone, set the alarm on a desirable time, then relax on your comfy bed, chair, couch, or maybe sleep.
Since you are tired, I suggest you take a nap, then wake up to the alarm you set. This way, you get to study and study well without much stress.
9. Get Something to Eat or Chew
As funny as it may look or sound, getting something to eat or chew can help you get motivated to study when you are tired or sleepy. I have tried that, times without a number. A university friend of mine is like that; she made it a habit because it always works for her, whether she’s tired or not.
Oftentimes, tiredness has a tendency of making one sleepy, but by eating (popcorn, chin chin, peanuts, etc.) or chewing (chewing gum), you are hindering yourself from sleeping by keeping yourself busy – busy in a sweet way.
This will definitely motivate you to study.
10. Start from the Simple to the Complex
Let’s say, for instance, you have five materials to study for an examination. It will be in your best interest to start with topics or materials that are easy to understand, from there, you can graduate to a more difficult one. Perhaps, the simple topics or materials have a link to the more complex ones. This will give you an added advantage.
By so doing, you won’t feel the stress or tiredness because you know you are starting from easy to complex. Surely, this is one of the ways to motivate yourself to read.
11. Stay Away from Distractions
Do away with anything that can cause any form of distraction to you. You will have to make sure that you are fully focused else, negativity will set in. Make sure the environment is quiet if you want it that way, no televisions playing, no ‘clingy’ wife or husband, video game, etc. Ensure you have a clean environment free from anything capable of distracting you. This is one of the sure ways to motivate yourself to study.
12. Repeating One Thing or a Few Things
One of the fastest ways of retaining or being able to recall something is when you say it over and over again. Not to worry, it won’t be bothersome because you have only a thing or a few things to be repeating.
You could just pick up the material, determine the point where you want to study – like a terminology definition, keep repeating it while still with the material. The moment it sticks to your brain, drop the material and continue memorizing by repeating. By so doing, you are studying and relaxing. Isn’t that great?
13. Want to Be Motivated to Study, Try Sleeping
Sleeping has a way of taking off the stress and tiredness in you. You may not have enough time to do so because you have some studying to do, but believe me, no matter how little the time you set for yourself to sleep, it will be worthwhile.
The moment you wake up, you will have enough energy to deal with the situation at hand – studying.
14. Have Someone Worthy of Competing With
If you are a student, there may be probably someone you fully acknowledge they are better than you academically in your class, or if you are a lecturer, teacher, or an instructor, there is someone whom you know is better than you in whatever it is that you do or whom you are looking up to.
If you have that kind of people around you, healthily compete with them. You may be tired and/or bored or sleepy, but by just reminding yourself ‘I have someone I need to beat’, you surely will get motivated to study.
Do you want to be motivated? Have a worthy competitor!
Studying can be hard most especially when you are tired. I have firsthand experience. Sometimes, they become so necessary that you have to study in that kind of situation. Since that’s the case, you should have some techniques or ways which you should use to motivate you to study.
I have compiled these for you, try and use them in the best possible ways you can and wait to achieve success.
If this article is of help to you, kindly leave a comment for me in the comments section. Do you think I left out some points? Please share with us all. You could also tell us how you overcame your situation. Thank you.
You should also read these ways to Improve Your Self-Confidence with These 6 Proven Tips
Did you know that scores of the world’s top executives wake up very early? It is not because they can’t sleep the whole night and day but they know waking up early has many benefits. They believe that the earlier you wake, the more time you have in the day, which also helps in planning yourself for that day effectively.
Furthermore, it is also advantageous to wake up early because you will feel less stressed and feel this burst of glee that you are in control over your life and everything is in order.
Though most people find it difficult to wake up early because their body is already used to waking up late irrespective of what time they sleep. But mind you, waking up early doesn’t have to be a one-day transformation, it requires a gradual process.
A typical example of that is like a person who is visiting the gym for the first time and wanted to go for a heavyweight for start, maybe probably a 50kg bench press. More so, if the person is able to press one up, he won’t certainly be lucky to go for the second. Why? because his body is new to the new development and needs a gradual familiarization to be able to adapt to it. Maybe you start with 5, then to 10, and later 15, etc, till you reach 50kg. The same method was applied to waking up early. You just introduce the new development to your body.
Maybe you are a type that wakes up at 7: 30 Am every morning, you can adjust more effectively if you ease into it, and tackle it in bite-sized chunks. I recommend you start by trying 10min interval, I.e you try and adjust to 7: 20, then if your body is getting used to waking up at that time, then you keep adjusting till u finally succeed in making it down to 5: 00 Am.
How Does Waking Up Early Change Your Life?
Early risers are onto something. From lowering stress levels to helping one to be in control of the day. Waking at the crack of the dawn has many advantages which can change one’s life.
1. It Boosts Your Productivity
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.Benjamin Franklin
Your productivity is greatly influenced by your daily routine, and the latter is determined effectively by what time you wake up, and thus one of the benefits of waking up early.
This reminds me of when I got a freelancing job on a particular blog site, whereby a topic was always assigned to me in the middle of the night and to be submitted same time the following day. Good and fine. It was going on well since I have nothing else to do for the day than to wake, say few prayers, take my bath, scarf down some food and be ready to tackle the assignment given by the blog site. But the story changed when a brother of mine who owns fashion apparel called on to me to join him in the business because of the workload and agreed to pay me well if I can actually help.
Well, who doesn’t want to earn more money in addition to the one he is making? I took the job and always resume at exactly 9:00 am and close at 5: 00 pm in the evening as regarding our agreement.
With the coming of this new job, I had to strike a balance so as not to be a barrier for the other. In view of this, I woke early at 5 am in the morning to finish up with the freelancing job before setting out to the fashion house. The two jobs were actually a burst of glee to my bank account at the end of the month.
2. Waking Up Early Changes Your Life Medically
It has been medically proven that waking up early enables you to reap the benefits of good health which prompt an energetic and healthy you.
It will also give you the time to perform a bit of physical exercise and to meditate which will eventually help in getting you a sense of order in life, making you feel happier.
3. You Get Quality Sleep
This gives room to have that better sleep quality. With this, your body tends to be relaxed before the crack of dawn. And mind you, when you retire to your bed early for instance 9: 00 pm, and wake up around 5:00 am, the quality of the sleep you will have can never be compared with when you sleep at around 12: 00 and wake up around 5 am.
While you will be having 8 hours sleep in the former, you will be having 6 hours in the latter.
4. One of The Benefits of Waking Up Early Is You Get Higher Academic Scores
When the University of Texas in the United States of America conducted research on the categories of students who scored better grades, it was concluded that those who rise early fall in that category.
The brain tends to assimilate so well early in the morning when reading than any other time both in the day and at night. The reason is that the brain is not under any form of pressure, it has already been relaxed. So, therefore, it will be easy to understand and assimilate whatever you read at that time which will definitely reflect in your scores.
5. Rising Early Has An Effect on Your Hormones
Waking up early as can affect two of your body’s natural hormones which are cortisol and melatonin.
Also known as hydrocortisone, this is produced by the adrenal cortex upon that mediates various metabolic processes (such as gluconeogenesis), has anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties, and whose levels in the blood may become elevated in response to physical or psychological stress.
This is a vertebrate hormone that is derived from serotonin, is secreted by the pineal gland especially in response to darkness and has been linked to the regulation of circadian rhythms
6. Waking Up Early Enables You to Pray
As Muslims will say “prayer is the sword of Muslims”, the same goes with the Christian. One of the benefits of waking up early very early in the morning makes it possible to sit comfortably and ask God whatever you want and complain to him about the problem/s you are encountering begging him to grant you your wish.
Compare to when you wake up late and still have other things to do, you will hardly say a prayer before you leave your house. Waking up early to pray to your lord will actually go a long way in changing your life from that you don’t want to that which you want.
Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.Jeff Bezos
Habit is a behavioural pattern that is regularly repetitive. A habit might initially be triggered by a goal but, after some time the goal becomes less necessary and the habit becomes automatic. Making a habit of something takes commitment and diligence. Successful people have quite a number of habits that make them who they are. Those habits are what enhances their ability to succeed.
You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.John C Maxwell
10 Daily Habits of Successful People You Should Imbibe
1.Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Sleeping and waking early breeds a healthy body. A productive adult should get 7-9hours of sleep.
This is one of the daily habits of successful people and it gives room for efficiency and good performance of other daily habits of successful people below.
2. Starting the Day With Calm Music
Music is precious, it has a soothing way of putting one into a productive mood for the day.
Do you have a playlist of calm songs that gets you in a good groove? Play it!
3. Have a Workout Routine
Successful people have a daily habit of breaking sweat early in the morning- most accompany it with calm music. Waking up the muscles of the body and activating the parts of the brain that makes it productive in the morning involves going through stretches or cardio, or even both.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple works out first thing in the morning. He uses Apple Watch to track his time and he describes himself as a “fitness nut”.
4. Don’t Forget to Take Breakfast
The good news is that this is the best time to take large calories as you’ll need them to stay energized for the day. So, do not skip it. Remember, it is the vital meal of the day. Queen Elizabeth remembers knows this. She takes a cup of milk accompanied with fresh or dried fruit the next thing after she started her day with calm music.
5. Succesful People Take Care of Their Personal Hygiene
Successful people are high on personal care. This reminds me of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, who made use of a concise word when asked what daily habit of his has had the largest positive impact. He went on to say “showering”, for some, that’s all it takes and for others, there are routines for body and skincare routine.
Book that face mask and the body massage appointment.
6. Meditation is Important Too
As a detox, meditation is a practice of channelling the mind to the present and away from the noise and complexity of life. It is calming the mind and places focus on things that are peaceful, present or happy.
It prepares one to tackle the day with ease and calmness. This is one of the daily habits of successful people that sets them ready for the day. Consuming motivational podcasts enhances meditation also.
7. Create a to-do-list
Setting up goals for oneself and creating a to-do list grows one into a successful person. Creating a list for the day or a time builds focus and thereby makes it easy to start the day with clarity.
8. Keep an Organized and Clean space
Asides from cleanliness being next to godliness, there is an ambience that comes with having an organized and clean space to work at. It refreshes the mind and body and one is more likely to have a productive day with all clutters cleared out.
9. Network and Network
There is a huge value in networking and exchanging ideas with people. Recent research says that successful people spend at least 2hours a day networking.
Nurture your relationships, never take them for granted.Tony Elumelu
In the same way, when you start your career, build your circle, seek to learn, don’t be afraid to understudy the experts and reach out to potential helpers and mentors and learn from them”
10. Create Time for Spontaneity
There are times things don’t go the way we want them to, it’s okay, they don’t always do. But what do you do when that happens to your plans?
Jeff Bezos recognizes the essentiality of having spontaneous time, he sees the need for unstructured time in his schedule. He understands how it affects every aspect of his life and he built it into his daily habit.
Sometimes, the best way to be productive is to schedule time for absolutely nothing at all.Jeff Bezos
This is in its entirety a great show of emotional intelligence.
You want to imitate Jeff Bezos, know this.
Whatever your daily habits are, remember to create time for spontaneity.
If you are looking for ways to imbibe successful people, this is it. Get ready to experience a successful life as you cultivate these habits. Which other ones do you know? Share them in the comments box.
Do you have trouble sleeping? You hit the bed after a long day, and instead of falling into slumber, you keep tossing and turning. At some point in one’s life, falling asleep might become difficult. The factors causing these may be stress, anxiety, illnesses, etc. From bad skin to puffy eyes to migraines to mood changes, and unproductivity, lack of sleep can be detrimental to health. The effect of lack of sleep in the body, and life, in general, cannot be overemphasized.
One of the best ways to increase your productivity and live a good life is to fix one’s sleep. Nothing is worse than having a long and stressful day and then finding it hard to drift off at night.
Regard the following as a checklist on how to sleep better, a list to mentally tick off for better sleep. These are easy steps you can imbibe in your day-to-day life for a good night’s rest. Take them up one after the other and implement them daily. You don’t have to do everything all at once, pick one at a time until they become part of your night routine.
How to Sleep Better at Night
1. Reduce Caffeine Intake
Drinks containing caffeine like coffee, soda, etc. keep you alert by stimulating your brain and central nervous system.
Reducing their intake, especially late in the afternoon, can help you sleep better since the stimulating effect would have worn out from your body.
2. Eliminate Heavy Food
Eating a large meal or eating very late at night will not only aid weight gain but will also tamper with your bedtime. You might feel uncomfortable or bloated because of the undigested food in your stomach.
It is advisable to eat a full meal early in the evening or eat lightly at night. Avoid midnight snacking.
3. Organize Your Bedroom
A well-arranged room will help promote sleep than a scattered one. Try putting your bedroom in order before bed and make your bed with fresh bedclothes and pillowcases. A smelly and lumpy bed will not induce sleep but a well laid and clean one will.
4. Reduce Screen Time
One or two hours before you go to bed, ditch the phone, laptop, and TV. However, this might not be easy to do, especially the phone, since we live practically on our gadgets.
It will be better if we let them go before going to bed so our eyes can be away from the bright light they produce, which affects our sleep.
5. Create a Sleep Schedule
Come up with a time when you will go to bed every day and stick to it. Sleeping at different times might be hurting your sleep as your body cannot keep up with it.
Once your body adjusts to a sleeping schedule, you will naturally fall asleep during that time. Check out how to create a foolproof sleep schedule here.
6. Improve Ventilation to Help You Sleep Better
Before going to bed, air out your room by turning on a fan, air conditioner or by simply opening up the windows. A hot and stuffy or smelly room will disturb your sleep. It is advisable to get rid of anything that will make your bed space inconvenient.
Tips to Sleep Better During Bedtime
7. Take a Shower or Bath Before Sleep
You should not go to bed with all the sweat and dust from the day. Taking your bath before going to bed will not only clean your body but will also relax and refreshen you.
Make a habit of taking a shower before going, no matter how tired you may be.
8. Wear Comfortable Night Wears
Avoid wearing tight or body-fitted clothes to bed. Endeavour to wear more loose night wears as they will allow easy blood flow and let you sleep better.
9. Try Yoga
Bedtime yoga, along with meditation is one of the best things to do for better sleep as it reduces stress and makes you relaxed enough to sleep. Bedtime yoga poses are easy to do and can be done on the bed.
10. Read a Book
If you are still not feeling relaxed enough to sleep, you can try to read a book. Reading a book can be soothing for some, and for others, it is an instant sleep pill. If you are part of the latter, I recommend putting a book on your bedside table to help you induce sleep.
However, I do not recommend this for avid readers, so you don’t “just one chapter” your way to 3 a.m.
11. Turn Off the Lights (Or Not)
There are different perspectives to this. Some people cannot fall asleep with the lights on, but it is otherwise for some. Whichever way, try to reduce your exposure to harsh or bright light.
You can turn it off altogether or use a lesser intense light like red bulbs. However, you should avoid blue light.
12. Listen to Relaxing Tunes
Determine what is relaxing and soothing to you and play in reduced volume to help you fall asleep.
13. Have Good Thoughts
The type of things you occupy your mind with will determine how well you will sleep. Thinking about sad and bad things can raise your alertness and will keep you up from sleeping. While having good and happy thoughts will lure you to sleep. Save all the worrying for the next day and get to bed.
A good night’s sleep will give you a fresh start to tackle life problems the next day.
Lastly, sleeping pills are not a good option for sleep as they can be addictive and detrimental to health. Avoid these as much as possible unless a doctor prescribes them. If your sleeplessness persists, you should seek medical attention.