I know what I should do.
- I should study more.
- I should read the text BEFORE the class.
- I should begin working on that research paper long BEFORE it’s due.
But how do I make myself do it?
Fear not; there’s a super simple way to give yourself instant willpower.
If you could just make yourself study… If you could just make yourself read the textbook… If you could just quit wasting so much time on FaceBook… If you could just make yourself get up in the morning…
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Motivation done right lets you motor through your to-do list like magic. Try this simple trick from London-based writer, Sidin Vadukut. Pair each chore on your daily to-do list with a short, sweet reward.
You are using a to-do list and a calendar to make short work of your academic tasks, aren’t you? Paper works great, but I’ve recently been playing with Wunderlist 2 and have been pleasantly surprised.
Here’s how it works…
- On your to do list add a fun to-do after each and every task.
- Assign your tasks (the fun ones and the less fun ones) a time to complete. That will keep you from letting things drag out or from over-scheduling yourself.
- Keep your fun to work ratio at about 1:10. For example, if I spend forty-five minutes studying my Econ homework, I might then allow myself five minutes of Smarter Every Day.
- Bask in the glory of a fully checked off to-do list.
Let us know your favorite rewards in the comments!
Read Sidin’s full article on fighting procrastination here.
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Crack that whip, people.
From a 2004 study by Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth done with American 8th graders…
Self-discipline … accounted for more than twice as much variance as IQ in final grades, high school selection, school attendance, hours spent doing homework, hours spent watching television (inversely), and the time of day students began their homework. The effect of self-discipline on final grades held even when controlling for first-marking-period grades, achievement-test scores, and measured IQ. These findings suggest a major reason for students falling short of their intellectual potential: their failure to exercise self-discipline.