It is quite easy to view pictures and watch videos on your social media account. It’s also enjoyable when you watch your favourite television show after you return from work but it is difficult to pick up a book to study after work, especially when you are preparing for an examination or just reading to increase your knowledge. Some times, it could just be that you are very busy at work and don’t have time and obviously you lack the needed motivation.
There is usually this panic whenever you remember that you have to read but not motivated to do so. Truthfully, it is not by being unrestful that would solve the situation. The best approach is to look for a way to get yourself to study. You can call it motivation.
The following 6 points are different effective ways to get motivated to read when you are either too busy at work or feeling not motivated to read. The other six points would be published in the next article tomorrow so watch out for this space.
1. Find out the things taking your time at work and deal with them.
You are busy at work and also preparing for an examination. This is when you engage the best time management approach. Try as much as possible to finish the task at work on time. This means you should avoid distractions such as long conversation with colleagues. Extra time during lunch break, social media distractions etc. If you are able to finish your work in the office then, there would not be any need to carry it over to the house. It will avail you the opportunity to spend some extra time to either stay back a little longer at work to read or read at home.
2. Work on your mind-set
A positive mind-set can go a long way in motivating you to read. Reports show that being optimistic leads to getting more things done and having better overall mental and physical well-being. Get going! Believe you can achieve your goals.
3. Visualize Success
When you have worked on your mindset, it is also good to start seeing your success in pictures. Picture what you want to see. ’’Visualise the As or Bs’’ you want to have as grades then begin to experience the feeling of having that success. For example, if you know you want to get an A in an exam, break down the steps to learning the material to ensure success.
4. Break Your Goals into a number of chunks
To crush your goals, you need to break them into a certain number of chunks. Most times you get discouraged when you see so many tasks lined up. There are books to read, assignment to submit and work is also waiting by the corner. However, when those tasks are broken down, then things become easier. For instance, you can choose to read at least one topic in a day depending on the number of pages. Breaking your goals into attainable steps will help to avoid procrastination.
Rick Onelas a life coach expert said, ‘’A chunk might be reading two pages of your textbook, completing five multiple-choice questions, or finding four reference articles on the Internet for your paper.’’
5. Make learning active, not passive
If you want to learn a new topic and assimilate easily, use active learning. This means, don’t try to just absorb information and knowledge only but add what you are learning newly into what you already know.
Author Daniel Wong gave the following examples as active learning:
- Finding applications of the new topic in your own life
- Doing case studies where the new ideas or theories are put into a specific context
- Doing group projects
- Reviewing and commenting on the work of your friends
- Thinking of ways to apply concepts to problems you come across.
6. Check your progress level
Always measure your success as you begin to accomplish your goal. It will help you to read more. You are motivated to do more especially when it is obvious that you are gradually breaking grounds. Pearson’s Law says when performance is measured, it improves; when performance is measured and reported, it improves exponentially.
If you do not check, measure and report your progress, then you’re probably not making much progress at all.