What If I Don’t Want To Do Homework: Looking For Motivation

From our experience most students don’t want to do homework. Does this sound familiar? It’s so simple to put off assignments when there is another episode of your favorite show on, or someone online who you really want to chat with, or even spending time online looking up this very article. More often than not the problem behind you not wanting to do your assignments comes from a lack in motivation. It’s as simple as this, and we have just the way to restore your motivation kick-started.

  • Break down your assignment into small pieces.
  • Don’t approach your homework as a whole. For instance, don’t think of completing 15 math problems when you could think of completing 5 math problems 3 separate times. The smaller tasks will make the entire assignment more manageable.

  • Set goals and give yourself some rewards.
  • Set goals such as “complete ten math problems” or “finish one written page” then allow yourself a reward afterwards. Perhaps you reward yourself with a snack, or allow yourself to go outside for a walk. No matter what, use this goal-reward method to keep you moving within each assignment.

  • Work smarter, not harder.
  • An overworked brain will absorb very little information. Try breaking your assignment up into several smaller chunks. Schedule in some breaks – use a timer if you have to – and be sure to get up from your work area. Recharge your brain with a break and you’ll find that your homework will get done faster.

  • Think of the consequences and benefits.
  • What would happen if you didn’t do your homework? Your grade will drop. What would happen if you did complete your homework? Your grade would rise. This may be a bit simplistic but it’s true and merely reminding yourself of the consequences and benefits might be enough for you to make the right choice.

  • Get your workspace cleared and ready to go.
  • Hopefully you won’t be doing this every day. But a great motivator is to get your workspace cleared of all the messy clutter and ready to go. Get your textbooks set up and be sure you have all of your materials in reach so you don’t have to keep getting up to retrieve them.

  • Get your momentum going.
  • It’s usually a good idea to get one or two tasks complete before moving on to the harder stuff. This tricks your brain into thinking that you are on a roll and nothing can stop you. You’ll feel more energetic and ready to face more complicated tasks if you deal with the easy stuff first.



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