How do you get your motivation back?

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    Sep 30, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    I'm on my last semester of uni and I've just lost the drive I used to have. I'm one of those people that has to get the A. I started business school with a 3.8 GPA and am now at 3.66. I don't want it to go down further. I used to be more studious and diligent but I just don't feel like doing anything anymore.

    I just got some news that depressed me. I got a paper back which I would've gotten an 86 on but forgot to submit it to Turnitin and the professor took 10 points off... These are the kinds of careless mistakes I make when I lose motivation and am feeling overwhelmed.

    I just feel like I'm doing things I have no interest in some of which is irrelevant to my career path. And I'm tired of putting in all this effort all to graduate to a bleak job market.

    How do I get my mojo back?

    This must be why people drink. I don't drink so video games are my booze.
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    Sep 30, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    I was like that when I was a senior in college. Senioritis and it costs me a lot of interview opportunities. Certain companies want to recruit someone with a 3.2 GPA or higher. A 3.6 is still excellent. Getting an internship is more important than being at the top of your class.

    Relax and enjoy college. Unless you're planning on going to grad school or post grad, I would not sweat it.

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    Sep 30, 2013 11:56 PM GMT
    You're burnt out, but you have to remind yourself that you have come this far and you keep your eye on the prize.

    Because we all have had to take classes that we felt were irrelevant to our degree or our career. But you never know. Someday down the line, the training you received and some little nugget you learned in that class might make you the perfect candidate with just the right skill set for a job that just might be the career of your dreams.

    Think about that and think about the finish line. Just a little further to go and it's done.

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    Sep 30, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    HellNo saidI was like that when I was a senior in college. Senioritis and it costs me a lot of interview opportunities. Certain companies want to recruit someone with a 3.2 GPA or higher. A 3.6 is still excellent. Getting an internship is more important than being at the top of your class.

    Relax and enjoy college. Unless you're planning on going to grad school or post grad, I would not sweat it.


    I have an internship at the uni's HR department.
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    Oct 01, 2013 1:11 AM GMT
    When you find out let Ryan know lol
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    Oct 01, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    I guess my motivation should be to gtfo of college.
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    Oct 01, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    It is like these guys said, you have burnt out.

    I don't know what your passion is, but you are clearly over exposed to something and some level of apathy is there. Knowing you need to do well is not the same. If you can take a break do it. Next vacation go do something crazy if you can. Hell during a weekend just go all out. Go downtown. Go camping. Go do something you think is a treat.

    Hopefully that will re energize you.
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    Oct 01, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    PGroove saidIt is like these guys said, you have burnt out.

    I don't know what your passion is, but you are clearly over exposed to something and some level of apathy is there. Knowing you need to do well is not the same. If you can take a break do it. Next vacation go do something crazy if you can. Hell during a weekend just go all out. Go downtown. Go camping. Go do something you think is a treat.

    Hopefully that will re energize you.

    I've been thinking of going on a trip, preferably kayaking, to get my mind off of things.
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    Oct 01, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    This may sound really bad, but I personally find reading textbooks helps with motivating oneself to study harder and strive for better performance.

    Professors/instructors rarely talk about real-life applications and examples during lectures, especially for the more technical courses such as accounting, mathematics and finance. Fortunately, decent textbooks usually include interesting case studies and real-life examples that serve as a good reminder of why you need to learn to understand and apply all these seemingly irrelevant theories and formulas.

    I found lectures for economics to be particularly boring, so I took it upon myself to study for the course using the textbook. Every chapter in the textbook had a section where it would describe theories that were covered in the chapter and the real-life events that served as proofs or contradictions to those theories. Those sections helped me connect the technical things I was studying from the course to their use in computing relevant figures.

    This strategy will work particularly well if you enjoy reading in general. If you don't find your textbooks interesting, you can always look up documentaries or articles that are related to the topics you have covered in your courses. My social studies teacher in high school showed a documentary for every chapter covered, and that made the otherwise not-so-interesting course quite engaging (for me, at least).

    I hope this has helped. Good luck!

    P.S. I should also mention that being depressed (as in clinically depressed, not just "sad" depressed) can cause you to lose motivation in things you used to enjoy. If you have been noticing unusual changes other than loss in motivation in past few months or even weeks, you might want to go see the school counsellor/psychiatrist. Some of the more significant changes that you should be attentive of include:

    1) Sleeping habit - are you sleeping more or less than usual?

    2) Diet - do you feel more or less hungry than usual? have you been eating more inconsistently than before?

    3) Interests in other hobbies - are there any other things you used to enjoy that you don't enjoy any more?

    4) Mood - have you been noticing that your mood is changing more drastically than usual? Do you go from neutral to really sad without any significant stimulus?

    5) Ability to focus - do you find yourself becoming more distracted?

    6) Energy - do you sometimes feel so weak that you can hardly get yourself out of bed?

    There are many other symptoms to depression, and one person going through major depression may experience different effects than another. I think #2 and #3 are the biggest warning sign though, based on personal experience anyway. If you think you are going through major depression, the best thing is to seek professional help and do whatever is necessary to recover from it, even if it means temporary withdrawal from school. Major depression is not something you can naturally recover from... if anything, the more you keep telling yourself that you should recover from it without any professional help, the more depressed you will find yourself in your inability to make it go away.
  • outbackdude

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    Oct 01, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    What made you lose motivation?
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    Oct 01, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    stevee90 saidThis may sound really bad, but I personally find reading textbooks helps with motivating oneself to study harder and strive for better performance.

    Professors/instructors rarely talk about real-life applications and examples during lectures, especially for the more technical courses such as accounting, mathematics and finance. Fortunately, decent textbooks usually include interesting case studies and real-life examples that serve as a good reminder of why you need to learn to understand and apply all these seemingly irrelevant theories and formulas.

    I found lectures for economics to be particularly boring, so I took it upon myself to study for the course using the textbook. Every chapter in the textbook had a section where it would describe theories that were covered in the chapter and the real-life events that served as proofs or contradictions to those theories. Those sections helped me connect the technical things I was studying from the course to their use in computing relevant figures.

    This strategy will work particularly well if you enjoy reading in general. If you don't find your textbooks interesting, you can always look up documentaries or articles that are related to the topics you have covered in your courses. My social studies teacher in high school showed a documentary for every chapter covered, and that made the otherwise not-so-interesting course quite engaging (for me, at least).

    I hope this has helped. Good luck!

    P.S. I should also mention that being depressed (as in clinically depressed, not just "sad" depressed) can cause you to lose motivation in things you used to enjoy. If you have been noticing unusual changes other than loss in motivation in past few months or even weeks, you might want to go see the school counsellor/psychiatrist. Some of the more significant changes that you should be attentive of include:

    1) Sleeping habit - are you sleeping more or less than usual?

    2) Diet - do you feel more or less hungry than usual? have you been eating more inconsistently than before?

    3) Interests in other hobbies - are there any other things you used to enjoy that you don't enjoy any more?

    4) Mood - have you been noticing that your mood is changing more drastically than usual? Do you go from neutral to really sad without any significant stimulus?

    5) Ability to focus - do you find yourself becoming more distracted?

    6) Energy - do you sometimes feel so weak that you can hardly get yourself out of bed?

    There are many other symptoms to depression, and one person going through major depression may experience different effects than another. I think #2 and #3 are the biggest warning sign though, based on personal experience anyway. If you think you are going through major depression, the best thing is to seek professional help and do whatever is necessary to recover from it, even if it means temporary withdrawal from school. Major depression is not something you can naturally recover from... if anything, the more you keep telling yourself that you should recover from it without any professional help, the more depressed you will find yourself in your inability to make it go away.

    I have noticed I'm kind of moody and have trouble focusing lately.
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    Oct 01, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    outbackdude saidWhat made you lose motivation?

    Cause I got burned out I guess.
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    Oct 01, 2013 3:36 AM GMT

    Make a definite effort to treat yourself well. Eat well, but moderately. Get sleep. Take recreational breaks to do fun things. Provide yourself with good working conditions. Hang out with others some. It's hard to finish a big project like going to college because what is beyond it is, to some extent, scary. Hang in there and work like hell. You will do well.
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    Oct 02, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    Realize some things here.....college is SUPPOSED to be challenging, even difficult....or EVERYONE would go and graduate. Everyone has to "pay their dues" and put in the time AND effort.
    Also realize that the "piece of paper", tells your potential employers that you can be trained and can stick with and finish something..... Its nice that it may be a degree in a relevant field, but many employers want a dependable person with a good attitude, a willingness to work, learn and finish a job.

    You are running a Marathon...and are now at "the wall" that separates the finishers from the quitters, around mile 20 or so. It is all about discipline of the mind over the body and shutting out all of the pain and fatigue and external things telling you to quit....it is MENTAL TOUGHNESS at this point that carries you....treat yourself well and with the right timing...you can do it!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 02, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    Motivation and burnout are things just about everyone struggles with from time to time. Perseverance and discipline require that we put our feelings aside and just keep going. Easier said than done, but it keeps from living the lie that one is into it. Letting emotions take over when there is a job that needs to be done is almost always a mistake.
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    Oct 03, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    Ravensong said
    outbackdude saidWhat made you lose motivation?

    Cause I got burned out I guess.



    Internships are the new first job so get one that you can get passionate about. Uni- HR sounds about as bad as it gets,
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    I did the opposite. When I was a freshmen I didn't try at all in school. All I cared about was what was going on at the moment and didn't give a shit about the future. College was just a place to socialize for me. Once I started getting more involved with my degree, becoming apart of clubs, and talking with people in the industry I started working harder. Maybe you just need to get more into your job field and get yourself inspired. Start remembering why you chose the major that you chose. Good luck!
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:21 PM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidI did the opposite. When I was a freshmen I didn't try at all in school. All I cared about was what was going on at the moment and didn't give a shit about the future. College was just a place to socialize for me. Once I started getting more involved with my degree, becoming apart of clubs, and talking with people in the industry I started working harder. Maybe you just need to get more into your job field and get yourself inspired. Start remembering why you chose the major that you chose. Good luck!

    I was the same way. Goofed off, then buckled down. Now I'm losing steam but I'm at the end game so I just have to march on for a little bit longer.
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    Well what motivates me personally is exactly what you said, the job market. I can either network and focus on getting good/decent grades (which at a 3.6+ you are good) or I can sit back and cry about the job market. Try to get that job offer BEFORE you graduate, make that your motivation! Don't be one of those guys with a degree who didn't network enough to be employed. Jobs are out there for everyone, especially in business, just make moves.
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    Oct 05, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
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    Oct 05, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
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