STUDENT RESOURCES

Like self-awareness, self-motivation is a critical life skill. Strong self-awareness certainly is a solid driver to improve one’s self-motivation. Being motivated helps drive us forward, achieve our goals, allowing us to feel more fulfilled and improving our overall quality of life.

However, it is not always easy to feel motivated or to find the energy to drive yourself forward, especially when life is busy and there are a lot of “tasks” to be completed.

There are four key steps to help create a clear pathway before you focus on improving your self-motivation.

1. Try and stay positive and keep your negativity in check. Don’t despair or avoid the issue but try keep calm and move forward.

2. Focus on you. You are what matters. Do not compare yourself to others or their situation. It is wasted energy and a distraction from what matters – you.

3. Include motivating moments to every day – always. Include something you love doing and that you can look forward to each day. Meeting a friend, going to gym, or seeing family.

4. Place yourself in a motivating environment. This relates to both people and places. You will naturally feel better and more motivated in a sunny, light location with a great view or buzz. As you will when you are around upbeat motivated people...read more.

As the world of online study evolves in leaps and bounds and the complexity of the COVID-19 world demands more online work, it is imperative for us to master our ability to work independently. Similarly, remote work is a real possibility these days and companies investigate potential employees’ abilities and skills to work effectively remotely – even part-time.

Working independently is the ability to study or work for long periods without supervision and interaction. It requires a strong sense of responsibility and self-reliance to complete assigned tasks.

Studying online is convenient in many ways but it can also be difficult as you face many daily distractions, find yourself lacking motivation some days and procrastinating. Working independently requires you developing a work routine and style that works for you and ensuring you stick to it...read more.

7 tips on how to master studying remotely

1. Set a beginning and end time

Make sure you consider the task and allocate sufficient time to complete it. Set a start time to prevent procrastination. Also make sure you set an end time each day, so you know what you are working towards, and the end is sight. This helps to keep you focused through your study time.

2. Take regular structured breaks.

Schedule work time and break time and only break in your scheduled break times. Remember, taking a break is crucial so set an alarm so you don’t forget. Breaks help you stay focused and energised and work best if you are active. Don’t work more than a couple of hours without a break and ensure you break for at least 15 minutes. Take 30 to 45 minutes minimum for meals.

3. Reward your efforts

A great tool is to conclude every study/work allocated session by rewarding yourself. End on a positive note by rewarding yourself - go to meet up with friends, or for a run, or to watch a series...read more

What is self-awareness?

This critical life skill stems from the ability to tune into your feelings, thoughts, and actions. Too often these just form part of our daily existence without us paying any real attention to them. Simply by actively paying attention to what you are feeling, how you are thinking and your actions you will begin to better understand the reasons behind them. This action will allow you to better recognise your strengths and weaknesses and provide you more opportunity to change certain aspects of your life and create the life you want.

A person with a high level of self-awareness is better able to understand their emotions and feelings and channel their thoughts and actions more effectively. They have more self-control, a higher level of self-esteem, better able to make decisions and are more proactive in their life journey. Good self-awareness also improves your communication skills. With better self-awareness, you have greater clarity on the reasons behind your feeling, thoughts, and actions. This makes it easier for you to communicate more effectively with those around you, which directly leads to improving your relationships.

Equally a person with low self-awareness is often not able to regulate their moods as easily as they are unable to affectively understand their feelings, thoughts, and actions. Often this leads to defensive communication, and interactions with those around them. If you are unclear on what you believe in, your feelings and associated thoughts, it is difficult to make decisions and find realistic solutions. Bottom line – this all leads to procrastination and a poor level of productivity and heightened stress levels.

Being self-aware is without doubt one of the most important psychological traits you can develop and there are some useful daily tools and exercises to help you do just that. Read more...