How do you motivate yourself to finish school work?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by skyisburning, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. skyisburning

    skyisburning Well-Known Member

    I'm down to the wire now, with only 4 days of classes left this semester and then a final or two...but I have SO MUCH work to still do. I'll admit that it is partly my fault for pushing a lot of it to the side throughout the entire semester, saying I'd do it later or the next week or etc... And now I have to go back and do those things AND I have either huge final projects due in every class or a huge final performance (I'm a theatre major).

    I honestly just want to lock myself in my apartment and let my phone die, and just hole up for the next two weeks until it's all gone... I honestly don't think I can do it. What really sucks is that, not to sound cocky, but I'm smart enough to be really good at school (and I was! once upon a time...a few semesters ago...), but I am just so, so, SO depressed and burnt out that I am beyond some level of apathy...

    I'm planning on taking next semester off, and that will be a much needed, much welcomed, and longtime overdue break...but until then, I'm struggling to finish now. This happened last semester, but I got all of my work done because I decided to quit sleeping (huge mistake...not going down that road again...), and now I'm worried I might fail one of my classes. How did this happen?! I had a 3.4 GPA, and this semester is going to blow it all to hell....

    I could really use some advice or words of encouragement or a miracle or something right now... thanks...
  2. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I don't know there's any help to be had, you don't have enough time... You should get on antidepressants as quickly as possible so you don't have this issue again, they really help with getting things done.
  3. skyisburning

    skyisburning Well-Known Member

    I'm on antidepressants...have been since last October (2009)....I quit seeing my therapist 3 months ago, though, and things just shot downhill fast....

  4. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry to hear that :\ Unfortunately that's all the advice I had.
  5. Illusion

    Illusion Well-Known Member

    I probably wont be much help cause I'm going through the same problem right now. Even as a Sophomore in High School. But anyways.. What motivates me to finish my school work is the thought that says "You've came this far, don't throw it all away now". It really does help me, more than anything. Even though I wanna lock myself in my room for ages lately cause of my 2 months long depression, that thought helps. I hope everything goes okay :l. Good luck.
  6. A1231988

    A1231988 Well-Known Member

    I have to focus very hard and force myself. Sometimes I'll go somewhere I won't be distracted.
  7. Madam Mim

    Madam Mim Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat; I have four big assignments to do by Christmas but no motivation. Even though I want to do well (I'm in line for a 1st at the moment) and want to get it all done asap so I can relax and enjoy Christmas as much as possible, I'm just not working (I'm skiving a lecture to write an essay right now, but am procrastinating).

    So unfortunately I don't have any advice, except to organise your time and try to remember why you're doing it. But at least you're not alone with this. Sorry if that's no help at all.

  8. oval

    oval Well-Known Member

    i used to make sure it was completly quiet around me and id put head phones in (with no music on but my speakers make a sound when theyre turned on)
    id also get everything off the table to make sure my eyes wont glance anywhere
  9. TWF

    TWF Well-Known Member

    Same problem here...

    Hard work is more important than smartness. Good grades won't fly at your feet. Get good sleep, eat food so you're energized and study away from distractions, e.g game console or laptops. A library is good for a start. And most importantly, try enjoying it! When I study, I use artificial interest, really get into your work and enjoy it. It works if you have a decent subject.

    You know you have to try... what do you expect if you don't?
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