Paid PostPosted on Aug 2, 201611 Helpful Motivation Tips For When You Just Can'tGet outta that slump. And finish your degree online with Open Universities Australia.by Open Universities AustraliaBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Make the first item on your to-do list super easy. BuzzFeed 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! 2. Plan out your day. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Friends / NBC / Via gifs-from-the-seaside-ca.tumblr.com Make your own daily timetable and be strict with yourself. Include what tasks you'll focus on when and don't forget to schedule in your breaks, too. 3. Create a vision board to remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing. Colleen Galvin (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: col233 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. 4. Curate some kick-ass playlists. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Bobs Burgers / FOX / Via reactiongifs.com Tailor your music to the task at hand. If you really, really need to concentrate, try some instrumental jams so you don't get distracted by the lyrics. 5. Change your scenery. Aaron Burden / Via unsplash.com If you're feeling a bit braindead, changing your surroundings will help you change your perspective on things. (Literally.) 6. Set lots of smaller, incremental goals, instead of just one big one. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 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. 7. And when you achieve one, reward yourself with stuff you enjoy. Ernesto Andrade (CC BY-ND 2.0) / Via Flickr: dongkwan That could be a delicious snack or an episode of a show. Whatever you please! 8. Get some fresh air. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF BuzzFeed Yellow Video / Via youtu.be 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. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Black Books / Channel 4 / Via vivalasgomez.tumblr.com 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. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Via psmoguel.tumblr.com 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. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Pitch Perfect / Brownstone Productions / Via attack-clifford.tumblr.com 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. You got this! Enrol to finish your degree online with OUA and choose courses from leading Australian universities.