Simple Ideas to Boost Motivation for Postgraduate Study


Let's face it, despite our best efforts, lack of motivation can keep us from working towards our goals and achieving the greatness we are capable of.

If you're feeling like you've been heading down a slippery slope, take a deep breath, and check out some of our easy to implement and super simple ideas to boost motivation for your postgraduate study .


Laughing is one of the easiest energy boosters around. A little silliness can go along way! Not only does laughter lower stress levels, it also triggers the release of mood enhancing endorphins, promoting an overall sense of wellbeing .

Exercise If you want to boost motivation and be more productive, it might be time to hit the gym, go for a run, take a yoga class or even get your jig on in the living room! Studies have shown that physical activity of all kinds can help enhance creativity, decrease stress levels and sharpen mental clarity.

Eat Healthy Food Food is your fuel so make sure you give your body the brain power it needs. Forget about snacking on junk food high in sugar and fat, and opt for fresh fruit and vegetables instead. Food can greatly affect your mood and energy levels, which is why healthy eating is a great investment for not just your physical but your mental wellbeing too.

Visualization Visualizing a positive outcome may be just what you need to get yourself going again. If you are unable to envision the end goal, or what you are seeing is terrible, try picturing the finished product as a great success. It may sound silly, but visualization has been proven to produce incredible results .

Positive Environment A clean work space can help clear the mind. When surrounded with clutter and mess, it can be hard to focus on the task at hand due to all the unnecessary distractions. If you carry out most of your postgraduate study at home, don't use this as an excuse to laze around in your PJs all day. Dressing smart can help you feel better about yourself and increase confidence, resulting in a boost of motivation.

The Right Frame of Mind Negative self talk will only drag you down and get in the way of you achieving success. Everyone has off days where they feel tired or demotivated, but it's important not to dwell on these discouraging feelings that can drag you into a deeper state of negativity. Cut yourself some slack and have a rest day if that is what you're body is calling out for.

Easy and Achievable Goals Making a short and easy list of goals that are realistically achievable will help you become much more efficient. By setting goals that you can actually accomplish each day, rather than pushing yourself to get more done then ending up feeling unproductive, you will build momentum for your motivation.

Inspirational Quotes We all need a little inspiration now and then, which is why a healthy does of inspirational quotes are always beneficial...

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it" - Lou Holtz

"And you will succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed." - Dr Suess

"Opportunities don't happen, you create them." - Chris Grosser

"Some people dream of great accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them." - Danielle Luedtke

"Fall down seven times, get up eight times." - Japanese Proverb Related Articles Making The Perfect Postgrad Student Study Space


Lwazi Bhengu June 22, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Thank you so much! That helps a great deal!

Charlotte King June 25, 2019, 8:18 a.m.

That's great to hear!

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