As a student you’ll spend hundreds and hundreds of hours doing homework throughout your life. In some ways it is inevitable, but you also have a choice about how to do it. Learning to work efficiently and effectively will get you through your assignments more quickly and will get you better grades on them. But sometimes it’s a huge struggle just to get started working on homework. Whether you’d rather be out with friends or family, or you’d rather just lay around and be lazy, some days school work is the last thing you want to do. But, it’s important to get it done, and its important to learn how to motivate yourself to do something you don’t want to, because you’ll be doing things you don’t want to practically your whole life.
Chances are you have a dream in life or something you want to do in your future. Whether it’s college, grad school, a career, or just being the most intelligent person you can, believe it or not, your homework will help you get there. Sometimes this can be all the motivation you need: just think about what you hope to accomplish in the future, and remind yourself that it is why you’re suffering through algebra. Try to keep that perspective in mind.
If you’ve got a big stack of assignments in front of you, start with the ones you enjoy most, whether its English or Physics. This will get you started on a high note.
A change of scenery can make a big difference when you’re having a hard time getting motivated. For some people this means going to the park so they can be outside, for others it means going to the library or a coffee shop. Learn what kind of settings you concentrate well in, and what kind of settings inspire you. Then try to find places that combine both of these.
Having someone else there to keep you accountable and on track can make a big difference. Plan a study date with a friend, and sit next to each other, not across the table from each other, and call each other out when you get distracted on the internet or social media.