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11 Helpful Motivation Tips For When You Just Can't

Get outta that slump. And finish your degree online with Open Universities Australia.

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1. Make the first item on your to-do list super easy.


Ticking something off a to-do list feels bloody good. So make the first item something that's really easy (or something you've already done – we won't tell) so you can tick it off and start your day with a sense of accomplishment. GO YOU!

3. Create a vision board to remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing.

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When you're feeling stressed or bogged down, it can be easy to lose sight of what's important. Write down your ambitions and put them on display to keep you focussed and excited about what you're aiming to achieve.

6. Set lots of smaller, incremental goals, instead of just one big one.

While it's important to keep your end goal in mind, it can be a bit daunting to think about. Setting a bunch of smaller goals can help you feel like you're making more progress.

8. Get some fresh air.

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Get up from your books/computer/notes, go outside, and fill those lungs up with a good dose of fresh air. Try to clear your mind and don't let yourself think about what you should be doing until you sit back down.

9. Declutter your working space.

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FACT: It's harder to concentrate when you're surrounded by crap. So ~cleanse~ your working environment by getting rid of clutter and junk that could be distracting (no sage needed).

10. Just start doing SOMETHING.


Staring at a blank page can be a real motivation killer. Just start writing or drawing whatever comes into your head without worrying if it's right or wrong. Then you'll at least have a starting point you can go back and fix later.

11. Know when to call it a day.

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Let's face it: There are some days you're just not going to be as productive as you'd like. And you know what? That's OK. You're human! Sitting there trying to force yourself when you're not achieving anything probably won't help. So if what you're doing isn't urgent, pack up for the day and prepare to start again fresh tomorrow.

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