Friday, 21 April 2017

Procrastination And Low Motivation


I am the queen of procrastination, anything that means not doing work...well I'll probably be doing it.

In fact, I should be analysing some photos and doing my photography sketchbook right now but instead I'm writing this post, how ironic. When it comes to school/college work, I've never been great at giving it my full attention. There always seems to be something else thats more interesting, blogging for example. I don't find revision fun in any way, and it doesn't stick in my head. I'm pleased I didn't pick very academic subjects for my A Levels or else I'd probably be having a break down right about now.

I don't know why, but I just have such low motivation for college work. I want to do well so bad, but I can't seem to put the required effort in. I think I'm quite a 'perfectionist' as it were, and I hate doing something if I know it can't be completed properly, so I have to wait until I have all my resources and everything I need to get the task done properly. I can't use this excuse for revision though, only for my photography sketchbooks haha. Revision I guess, is one of those things that needs to be done but nobody wants to actually do it. You could compare it to an injection, like, who ever wants one of those hahah?! Anyway, I digress, I just find it hard to put effort into something I'm not 100% committed to. 

Although I realise, this is life. Unless you're super lucky, you're never going to 100% love your job, or life for that matter. Bad tasks will come your way, and well, you just have to do them. So maybe I should take my own advice here and just suck it up, and get on with it. I dunno, I'm rambling on now. I just always find something better to do, and end up doing more relaxing and less work. I need a huge motivation kick basically haha.

Do you have any tips for staying motivated?

- Lucy
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  1. I have really low motivation at the minute as well, my only tip is try and appreciate what you have. But having said that, I am rubbish at doing that as well!

    If you find the answer, please let me know! xx

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    1. Its a tough one isn't it - I try my best at doing that, if I ever find an answer I'll let you know!

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  2. The main way I try to stay motivated when it comes to work and that kind of thing would have to be by basically breaking it down and then bribing myself haha. So basically, break what you have to do into individual tasks so they are like little bitesize chunks (like 'complete 1 page of photography sketchbook' or for me 'write brief for designer') and then treat yourself to something you want to do when you complete it (like spend 15 minutes reading blog posts/watching youtube videos, or have a snack). Then repeat that over and over again and tick things off as you go - it's really satisfying!
    Love the photo at the top of this post.
    Sophie xxx
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    1. Thats such a good idea, why haven't I thought of that before? That definitely makes it much more manageable! Thank you so much lovely!

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  3. Having regular breaks definitely helps to stay motivated, having fresh eyes when working on something definitely helps! Also have a to do list, that always works for me x

    Good luck with your A levels - you'll smash them I'm sure x

    Abi | abistreetx

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    1. I'm so rubbish at making to do lists, something I must start doing - thanks for the tips girl!

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  4. I constantly have the problem of sitting down to the work and my brain going off on a tangent, thanks to the wonders of ADHD :)

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    1. I honestly feel the exact same - it can be tough!

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  5. I find giving yourself breaks and lots of tea is helpful when staying motivated! xx

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  6. My motivation is low at the moment! I take time out for a few days and I feel much better! It's so annoying when you have so much to do!!

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    1. Sometimes its just overwhelming when theres loads to do, but taking time out is definitely a good idea!

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  7. I'm such a bad procrastinator lately, there are so many jobs I need to do at home yet I just decide to sit on Bloglovin' and YouTube all day instead then moan the jobs haven't been done haha. I need to ban myself from my Macbook and social media before I get jobs done I think!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

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    1. That is literally all I've been doing, its so bad as I've got a lot of work to get done! That could be the way forward for me haha!

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  8. One of my tips is focus on what needs to be done first- example a big assignment start working on it piece by piece. I have been procrastinating lately and find my motivation of taking breaks every once in awhile :) It helps

    Jordyn } junerobin.blogspot.com

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    1. I think writing things down in a list is something that might help me, thats a great idea though - thank you!

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  9. You can definitely apply perfectionism to revision. I'd produce and rewrite notes thousands of times because they needed to look perfect - I guess it helped in the end haha! Can't help with the procrastination because I am definitely a procrastinator (PINTEREST) but I used to set myself an hour timer then have ten minutes break. I guess setting out set lunch times and chill times really helped me out! Honestly you're revising more than you think you are and you'll find that when you finish your A Levels because you realise how much free time you have! Good luck, if theres anything I can do to help drop me a message. What subjects are you doing?
    Kate || www.katerattley.com

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    1. I definitely need to set myself times where I do my work, and relax because otherwise I just sort of don't get stuff done! I'm excited to finish my A Levels due to the free time to be honest but thats not too far away! I'm taking photography and media, I also did business studies but finished that!

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  10. I've been feeling like this recently but with my blog, I think a break is the best thing to do. After a two month break I think I'm ready to start publishing some posts again! Best of luck with you're A-levels!

    www.jessicablu.com

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    1. I've missed your posts Jess, would be lovely to see you back again - thank you!

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  11. This was literally me in A Levels and I was more eager to do my photography and update my blog than revise for my English literature exam haha

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  12. Me and you both girl! It's only got worse since I'm at university now haha - more ways to procrastinate! (like writing this comment as we speak)
    Jen, Velvet Spring. xo

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  13. I can relate to this post so much. I'm a massive procrastinator and was awful for putting of work when I was at school and college. I mean, I even do it now when I'm meant to be tidying or sorting out paper work. EVERYTHING else seems so much more interesting! Sometimes though, we do just have to get on with it and usually, it's not that bad after all 😊​

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  14. I need a massive motivational kick as well - I struggle to motivate myself to do anything, even if it's something I enjoy and it's so bad. I constantly feel like I have no energy and I'm always only wanting to put effort in if I know that it's going to be benefit me or someone else - which is also really bad!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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