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well in my 21 yrs and 9 days of life... I still haven't mastered the skill of motivating myself to do my hw/study... so CR how do you motivate yourself to do the deed? does it come natural? do think of something that will make you want to do it?! well share your thoughts.
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The thing is.... I don't
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Homework?
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Come on, Ranwolf. You know we have some young whippersnappers on this board.

I motivated myself to do homework the same way I motivate myself to go to the gym - bribery, and sometimes with food.
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having a few hours left to work on it

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I just used to get it done and out of my way.... That way I could have time to do other stuff.
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well when i was in school. i didnt. i did it in class or other classes so i never had to worry about it away from school.
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Arielgirl375 wrote:

well in my 21 yrs and 9 days of life... I still haven't mastered the skill of motivating myself to do my hw/study... so CR how do you motivate yourself to do the deed? does it come natural? do think of something that will make you want to do it?! well share your thoughts.


I don't think it's something that comes natural for most people. You have to work at it and force yourself to always do it. It's called habits and you can either get bad habits or good habits. I used to be a huge procrastinator but over the years I have forced myself to take care of things right away. Now when something comes up I just do it and get it over with and then I don't have to worry about it. I really wish I could go back in time and force my younger self to do that. If I had actually put forth the effort I could have made good grades and started out in a much better position than I am in now. Now with that said everyone is different. Some people just don't do well in certain subjects either. You could be a math wiz but completely clueless when it comes to English or something. People also have learning disabilities also but those are extreme examples.

For me it all comes down to practice. You just have to keep making yourself do what you know you need to do. It's like my car. I keep it spotless while a relative of mine has to spend a couple of hours every few weeks cleaning it out because they let the junk build up. Same with their houses. It's just easier to do a bit each day than to have to do a big cleanup every so often. Everything in life is easier like that. I also used to have a really hard time waking up early due to insomnia but over the years I've trained myself to get up when I need to. Most of the time I don't even need an alarm clock anymore. I just had to start forcing myself to do it and eventually it just became a habit.

Now I need to take my own advice and apply the same principles to stop smoking lol. Darn you for making me take a hard look at myself. Giving advice is so much easier than doing it yourself.
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well in my 21 yrs and 9 days of life... I still haven't mastered the skill of motivating myself to do my hw/study... so CR how do you motivate yourself to do the deed? does it come natural? do think of something that will make you want to do it?! well share your thoughts.


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I used to not attend the class if homework was due in... I can't do that now so I use a bit of clairvoyance and tell myself that if I do it straight away I'll avoid a lot of unnecessary stress from leaving it to the last day.

Plus, free time after getting things done feels better than free time spent avoiding doing something. So that motivates me.
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I haven't had homework since I finished my Masters in 2000. However, one of the ways I motivated myself to be sure my homework was done when I was in boarding academy and college was reminding myself that if I didn't do the homework my grades would drop and my parents would make me come live at home again and be hovering over me all the time, sticking their noses in my business, and I wouldn't be able to go out or do much of anything without their permission. I was sort of the odd person out at school - everyone else felt like boarding school was super strict and confining like being in prison while for me it was major freedom compared to what happened at home. I knew I didn't want to have to live at home so I kept on top of the homework so that wouldn't happen.

I also did not allow myself to leave campus unless that days homework was finished, once my "responsibility" to complete the work was done, I could go out with my friends off campus to watch movies or go play pool or whatever we were doing that evening. To make this happen easier - I usually scheduled all morning classes, worked a couple of hours just after lunch, and then did my homework in the afternoon so that I'd have my evenings free to go out, party, whatever...

When my ex-husband got accepted to medical school, he had no idea how to do homework. He was one of those incredibly smart guys who always managed to get straight A+ without even trying and usually finished everything in class or during study halls. So when he got into medical school, all of a sudden when compared with the other med school students he was a "C" average student because they just don't accept bad students to med school. Suddenly he was bringing homework home and had no clue how to deal with it. I had to buy a couple of kitchen timers to keep him on track. We'd set the timer for 15-30 minutes and he'd work on the homework. Then we'd set it for 10 minutes and he would take a break, do a few exercises or whatever he needed to wake up and get alert again and then we'd study for another 15-30 minutes. Breaking it up with breaks for physical activity kept him on track because he would fall asleep reading the textbooks for more than 15 mins at a time.
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Arielgirl375 wrote:

well in my 21 yrs and 9 days of life... I still haven't mastered the skill of motivating myself to do my hw/study... so CR how do you motivate yourself to do the deed? does it come natural? do think of something that will make you want to do it?! well share your thoughts.


I don't think it's something that comes natural for most people. You have to work at it and force yourself to always do it. It's called habits and you can either get bad habits or good habits. I used to be a huge procrastinator but over the years I have forced myself to take care of things right away. Now when something comes up I just do it and get it over with and then I don't have to worry about it. I really wish I could go back in time and force my younger self to do that. If I had actually put forth the effort I could have made good grades and started out in a much better position than I am in now. Now with that said everyone is different. Some people just don't do well in certain subjects either. You could be a math wiz but completely clueless when it comes to English or something. People also have learning disabilities also but those are extreme examples.

For me it all comes down to practice. You just have to keep making yourself do what you know you need to do. It's like my car. I keep it spotless while a relative of mine has to spend a couple of hours every few weeks cleaning it out because they let the junk build up. Same with their houses. It's just easier to do a bit each day than to have to do a big cleanup every so often. Everything in life is easier like that. I also used to have a really hard time waking up early due to insomnia but over the years I've trained myself to get up when I need to. Most of the time I don't even need an alarm clock anymore. I just had to start forcing myself to do it and eventually it just became a habit.

Now I need to take my own advice and apply the same principles to stop smoking lol. Darn you for making me take a hard look at myself. Giving advice is so much easier than doing it yourself.


I really like what you had to say. thanks
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thank you everyone for your replies I should of read them sooner... as I lost the motivation to study for my astronomy test.... and instead watched a marathon of erased till 5 in the morning
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I don't have hw anymore, but I guess my motivation was the sooner it was done, the sooner I didn't have to do it or worry about it anymore.

Sometimes it helped to do a little, take a break, do a little, take a break......instead of waiting last minute to do it all. That way it was all done or almost done by the time I had to turn it in.
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The pace of education at my schools were so slow that I completely learned the material without need for studying outside of class. This of course included homework. I could find no logical reason at the time to do my homework as I would still get an A or B in the class without it. I'm probably a prime example to argue for having students separated into classes that match their skill/pace.

Hyper-competitive me which I tend to lean toward now would probably have done it just to pick up all those meaningless awards. How about better incentives? Pay for performance! (I can dream right?)
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