Ever had one of those days when you can’t get anything done? Maybe you started out the day with the best intentions, and are now finding yourself scrolling through Facebook, raiding the refrigerator, and avoiding any eye contact with that pile of textbooks on your desk.
I’ve had my fair share of those days. But…I firmly believe that even a day like that can be salvaged. In fact, forget salvaging–why not turn that day into a win? Here are my 3 favorite study hacks that help me turn my day around when I’m just not feeling it.
- Reward yourself
I like to set up a series of bribes rewards to get myself motivated. They can be as small or gigantic as you like–just keep them attainable. Tell yourself that if you complete a specific task (study for the next half hour without checking social media, get that paper completely written by dinner…) you can treat yourself to ______ (a piece of chocolate, a solo dance party, etc.).
The key is to keep it strict. Sorry, but you don’t get chocolate for writing your paper if you only wrote half your paper. However, if you did get it done…honor your self-agreement! Enjoy that chocolate. Because you know you earned it.