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5 Motivation Tips

5 Motivation Tips

I’m in my last semester of the second year and with assignments piled up, it’s easy to get stressed, lose motivation, procrastinate and leave it until the last minute. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t left an assignment until the last minute, as much as I don’t want to admit it, I’ve been victim to it as well. So, I thought I’d share some tips on how I keep myself motivated to do my work and not procrastinate.

Flora – Green Focus

I was introduced to this app by my A-level form tutor, and it has helped me ever since! It’s basically an app to keep you from getting distracted by blocking distracting apps, and if you can’t resist the temptation of using your phone and leaving the app, the tree you were trying to grow will be killed. However, if you succeeded, you’ll unlock different types of trees! As someone who has a sensitive heart, and cares about the environment, the thought of killing a tree (even just on an app) guilts me. So, in a way, it does help. A lot. 


A lot of people, at least some of the people I’ve met, seem to underestimate planning. I don’t think I’ve ever gone on with my life without planning, whether it be studying or going out with friends or family. Planning really helps a lot and it keeps you from going astray from what you’re supposed to do. You can always look up Google for some tips on planning templates! 


Exercising is one of the ways that could help with keeping your focus as it emits negative energies and releases serotonin in your system. Other than physical exercises, brain exercises such as Sudoku or the Word Tiles game (my faves!) can really help refresh your brain from the endless scrolling through social media platforms. 

Take note of important dates! 

Writing down the due dates for my assignments really helped with my motivation as well! I write them down on my sticky notes app and leave them open on my laptop desktop, so whenever I open my laptop, I’m always reminded of them, thus keeping me from procrastinating. 

Choose a convenient place

This is by far one of the most effective tips that worked for me. Choosing a convenient place to do your work – that isn’t your room – could help you from getting distracted. From my personal experience, trying to do work in my room is difficult at times since I know that my bed is only half a metre behind me. (Never underestimate the power of your bed! It can be inviting at times when you don’t want it to be – you know, like when you’re doing work.) 

That’s all for today! I hope this has helped and you took something away from it! 

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