Top 10 tips to keep yourself motivated

It’s that time of the month when your motivation starts to slip. January has passed and your new years' resolutions are starting to slip out the window. Time to get yourself back on track and gain back the motivation you once had.

In life, it’s only natural to struggle to find motivation. Even if you are the most optimistic person alive, there might be one day out of 365 you are not motivated enough to get a task done.

We thought we might help out with this and have come up with our top 10 tips to help you stay focused and motivated!

Identify why you’re doing it

First of all, it’s important to properly identify why you are doing what you are doing.

So for example, if you are a student of ours studying for a course, why did you pick this particular course?

The worst thing to do, is whilst your doing the particular task, questioning yourself why and what’s the point! That will immediately discourage you.

Remind yourself of your end goal

Once you have established 'why', consider your end goal. This might be the same as why, but you need to keep reminding yourself of the end picture.

Once I have finished this… I will be doing this.

Try and visualise the end result! It will help you get where you want to be.

Look at the bigger picture

It’s so very easy, when doing a big task, to be small-minded and not actually look at the bigger picture.

For example, when studying for a course, yes you might be bogged down with work for the next few months, but once it's completed you will have achieved so much!

Think of where you'll be afterwards. It's always worth it!


It’s very hard to stay motivated when you aren’t organised. Even if you have all the stationery in the world, you're still not going to get stuff done if you're not properly organised.

Whatever you are doing, make sure you've made a plan and try and stick to it. Always know what is coming up and be prepared for everything.


‘Glass half full. Not half-empty.’
‘You have to look through the rain’
‘The grass will be greener on the other side.’

You know the clichés, we won’t bore you with more. But it is important to try and look at everything in a positive light.

If you’re studying for a course for example, instead of thinking
‘I’ve only done 1 assignment, I have 10 more to do’.
Turn it to a positive.
‘1 assignment down, only 9 to go!’

Even on bad days, you need to stay positive. You will get through it and it will get done, no matter how long it’s taking you… you are doing it!

Short bursts

This comes with any large task really. Don’t set yourself up for failure straight away by planning to do a full days work. No matter how good your concentration and focus is… no one can do a task for a full day.

Instead, choose to complete the task in short bursts. In the context of studying, set yourself a mini task instead of choosing to do loads all in one go!

This way it’ll be easier for you, you’ll stay motivated and you’ll also probably be much more productive.

Time limits

Not all of us, but a lot of us work best when pressured. Setting yourself a time limit can often help you stay motivated. Whether its an hour or a month, you're more likely to stick to something with a limit!

Reward Yourself

Everyone loves a treat! No matter how small, you should ensure you are constantly giving yourself rewards. It works with children. It works when we are adults. If there is a reward at the end of the task, we are more likely to do it.

Even if it’s just allowing yourself to have a chocolate bar once you have completed studying a particular topic.

It will help you stay motivated trust us!

Add fun

If you are doing something monotonous, finding motivation can be extremely hard.

No one seriously enjoys deep cleaning the house, so actually going into the cupboard to get the cleaning products out gets put off.

Different environments

Whatever you are doing, if you're doing it in the same place every time, it's going to get dull, boring and you're more likely to lose motivation.

Try out working in different places! Trust us, it can be a game-changer.

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Top 10 tips to keep yourself motivated