My motivation is crashing

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    Mar 09, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    I just can't be motivated anymore, fellas. I am in grad school right now getting my Master of Accountancy and I will be done with it in May. I literally have 2 months left of school, but I CANNOT find the motivation to study or do my work. I have two exams tomorrow and have hardly studied for one and have studied nothing for the other. I think the fact that I have taken 15 hours these past two semesters in order to knock out grad school in a year is just getting to me. I had a paper due Monday, an exam today, and two more exams tomorrow. Have been doing everything the night before. And to make it better, the exams tomorrow are in Issues in Individual Tax and Seminar in Accounting Theory and Policy, my two hardest classes! Ugh!

    How do you guys get motivated when you feel this way?
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    I remember my first year in college was do or die... Now that I am going back to finish a BA (not entirely sure of my major yet), it is no different from going to work everyday. You gotta do it for yourself because for the rest of your life each day is worth something to the rest of us. Just try ways to make the day seem easier like bacon and eggs in the morning and an iPod throughout the day with an incredible dinner in the crock pot when you get home. Base your life around rewards, it works that way when you achieve bigger goals.
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    Mar 09, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    I feel ya. Last semester I dropped all of my 8am classes and this semester I'm dropping my Wednesday classes. (I only have classes on Mon, Tues and Wed)
    I become increasingly frustrated by things if I get shitty luck, which has happened a LOT this semester.

    Oh and I don't usually get motivated, I just give up. Sorry I can't be more helpful. icon_sad.gif
  • disasterpiece

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    Mar 09, 2011 8:20 AM GMT
    Man, I feel you so damn well. Same here, I'm doing a masters in Public History, I'm done in less than 2 months, and I don't know how I'll manage to move my ass.

    I motivate myself by thinking of Hawaii, where I should be in august if everything's fine. icon_cool.gif

    But it doesn't really work, I keep procrastinating like it's not even funny. By the way, it's past 3am, and I still have 60 pages to read and an 8 page essay to write. Back to work, motherfuckas !
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:00 AM GMT
    Never forget your goal, especially your short term one. If you slack off and hurt your GPA, you'll always regret it. Stay strong.
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    Mar 09, 2011 1:08 PM GMT
    It happens all the time that I have a deadline coming up on some task I'm not motivated to do. So I self-bribe by planning a trip or special dinner out to follow as soon as the task is done. It helps.
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    Mar 09, 2011 1:11 PM GMT
    KSUOWL saidHow do you guys get motivated when you feel this way?
    Think about the money you'll be making once you graduate.
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    Mar 09, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    It can indeed be challenging, especially when you have distractions or other things you'd much prefer doing in the near term. My guess is, you have something that you've been thinking a lot about and your exams just seem like one more thing you must prepare for.....

    I remember law school, especially my 2nd semester. I think, as has been mentioned above, you must think about how it all fits in your life and that you
    are about to reach your ultimate goal and reap the reward of all your efforts!
    Set aside some of what you've been distracted by and try to get over the hump one final time.
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    Mar 09, 2011 2:48 PM GMT
    I'm thinking of spring break to get me through and all the drinking I'm going to be doing on Bourbon St to compensate for all this studying. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 2:53 PM GMT
    Think about your future , and how it will be so much better after obtaining this degree .....
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! I am trying very hard! I might just be shit outta luck on one of these exams today, but I am going to try to start doing things ahead of time. I just need my second wind (well its probably my 50th wind by now) to just push me through these last few months.
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    KSUOWL saidHow do you guys get motivated when you feel this way?
    Think about the money you'll be making once you graduate.


    and think of the money you'll have wasted if you don't work hard and get the degree.
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    Mar 09, 2011 4:58 PM GMT
    I did the same thing my senior year, last semester. I just didn't give a shit anymore. So, now, instead of having two degrees in Psychology and Political Science, I just have my degree in Psychology. The only class I've ever failed, not because it was hard (it wasn't), but because I just didn't care anymore. And, I have absolutely no desire to go back and re-take that class, even though it's 8 years after the fact.

    I think other posters are right on. In order to make it these last few months, you need to give yourself bribes. Whatever makes you tick.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    i have the same problem right now as im rushing to finsh my program by this May, taking 6 courses (18 credits) this last semester. Have you ever had homework nightmares? I have.

    When there are too many things getting due soon, what I do is breaking down ALL of the homework into tiny tasks and put them in a TODO list. I have to write them all out. When I finish each tiny task, I cross it off. This gives me a boost to get on the next task and finish the whole list. (Writing your goal down DOES make a difference.)

    For example: A Test on Chapter 4, 5, and 6 in Celtic History can be broken like this:
    - Read Summaries at the end of each chapter.
    - Read chapter 4
    - Read chapter 5
    - Read chapter 6
    - Read the notes for all 3 chapters
    - Write down Names and Places (this enhances my memory, name and places usually linked to events so this is a good technique of mine)
    - Finish studying!



    Once I cross out the last task, I REWARD myself before going to another study lol

    That's my way and its been working since last year. I always get everything done, on time. Hope it help.
  • needleninja

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    Mar 09, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    idk why but this semester ive been getting good grades, campared to the last 3 semesters and such. and i have been motivated to do hw because of workin out and doing group activities.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Honestly, I just push myself through the week...I say, it'll suck for these few days but once I'm done and it's the weekend, it's gonna week amazing!

    You're SO close, keep going buddy!
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:11 PM GMT
    Go talk to an academic counsellor or seek help from the the office of Educational Services.

    You need to rebalance your work/life ratio. Take a weekend break away from campus. Find friends to study with. Work out a study plan and allocate realistic amounts of time for study, class, exercise and rec. Book a vacation for *after* the end of semester so you have something to look forward to.

    Write down every reason you got yourself onto this program. Were they good reasons? What do you *really* want to do and how will this help you do it? Where geographically do you *really* want to live?

    Motivation is about walking through a deep forest and remembering what the sun and sky really look like.
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    I can relate.

    I'm desperately close to finishing my master's degree, but I've become so irritated with the amount of time I've spent on my thesis that I actually hate what I'm writing. I get a very negative, visceral reaction when I see or hear anything that might be related to my topic. I automatically go into freak out mode and obsess over whether there's yet another paper I should read and integrate into my lit review. Barf.

    This is also the first time in my academic career where I've not only missed deadlines, but I just don't care that I've missed them. I don't even bother to communicate with my adviser when the time comes.

    That said, I am going to cross the finish line this semester. I think the advice you're getting above is solid. Remember how proud of yourself you'll be when you've got the degree and the rewards you'll get once you're done.

    Personally, I force myself to start writing a few hours before KU plays a basketball game. I go all out until tip-off time, and then I set aside what I'm working on and focus only on the game. This way I get stuff done, but I still get to enjoy the important things (KU basketball) without guilt. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 09, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    What I do is I buy a Monster drink, and kept chugging. At this point, thinking of what motivates you is just wasting time...just sit down and deal with it.

    This is what got me through the last two weeks of my 1st semester in law school.

    (And on a more helpful note, I wanted my parents to know that the ridiculous amount of money they spend on me was not put to waste- that I'm doing my end of the bargain.)
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    Mar 09, 2011 8:30 PM GMT
    I know exactly what you're going through. I lost motivation by challenging myself, taking 18 credits' worth of classes that I'm not totally interested in, and getting caught up in various degrees of drama. I haven't gained it yet, so I'm sorry, but I can't really contribute to this thread, seeing that I sometimes don't even want to go back to my university next year.
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    Mar 09, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    Just remember that Failure is not an option! There is no quitting....

    Got me through Ranger school
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    rileydp saidJust remember that Failure is not an option! There is no quitting....

    Got me through Ranger school


    This has always been my motivation for pretty much anything, losing or gaining weight, getting through school, difficult projects, anything, failure is NOT an option.
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    My high school football coach used to say "GUT IT OUT! You're acting like a rookie!".

    On a more moderate note, take 15 minutes to prioritize. What are you going to do and in what order will you do those tasks? Prioritize and schedule. Then take 30 minutes to do NOTHING. Turn off the lights and TV and computer, sit in a comfy chair or on the couch, close your eyes, and refocus your mind. Obviously, you have all the tools you need to be where you are. Everything's just scattered around you now. Again ... reset and refocus.

    It might be daunting, but you'll make it.

    I want my taxes done for free in 2012 if this works.
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    Mar 09, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    ...I'm in my 7th Winter Semester working towards my Undergrad Degree in Accounting. At least you've gotten that far!!!
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    Mar 09, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    I feel you on this... For the last six semesters, I've had between 10 and 12 classes at a time for my major. It's extremely overwhelming at times, especially since there's no room for error in my major. If I do poorly in even one class I get kicked out of the program. icon_neutral.gif

    I always start things with the end in mind- I remind myself that I will get through it and that it will be OK.

    When I still need some motivation, I remind myself why I am doing this. For me, it's music. I have a play-list of pieces that inspired me to pursue a life in music, and I frequently just sit and listen. It lets me think and escape for a while.

    As busy as I get, I allow myself time to be me.