Struggling to clutch onto your mid-week motivation? Feel it slipping away? We feel you. But there are some secrets to being more efficient at work that you need to know about. The experts have you covered.
Whether you are at uni or working, take a look at the top five things that you can do now. Look forward to a super productive afternoon.
1. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals
Behavior scientist BJ Fogg, director of the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, has developed a theory that developing “tiny” new habits is the route to success. Fogg says that trying to make big changes to how you approach work is the wrong approach. If you get unrealistic goals you won’t be able to achieve them and you will just be left feeling demoralised and unmotivated. Instead make little changes and gradually build them up. Reading or researching a little bit more each day would be a good start.
2. Turn studying into a game
Imagine if you could make studying as fun as playing a game of Candy Crush or Call of Duty. Well no you can. Yes, really! Gamification is a “process of making systems, services and activities more enjoyable and motivating”. Habit RPG have found a way to turn learning into fun with an app. If you don’t believe us you need to check it out.
3. Let technology give you a push
Motivating yourself is really tough, so get your tech to do it for you instead. Site Beeminder creates daily goals for yourself, such as doing an hour of studying, and you get a penalty if you don’t achieve what you have set yourself. This will give you an extra push to achieve what you want to each day.
4. Do some brain interval training
Taking breaks is vital to give you some time to chill out in between study sessions. The Pomodoro Technique divides your schedule up into short bursts of work time interspersed with relaxation time. Set a timer so you know exactly when you have earned your break. The technique is meant to improve mental performance because you push yourself during your work time to achieve as much as possible, but also allow your brain some down time to process everything. Give it a whirl.
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5. Come back to tough problems later
According to Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, we need to give up solving hard problems and come back to them later. This is called “percolation”. If you quit mid-problem then it gives your subconscious time to mull it over. When you come back to it later your brain may have a solution that you didn’t think of before.