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The cold months in winter can be quite miserable, as cold days and early nights certainly take their toll. Although it might not be fun under regular circumstances, when you’re trying to study from the comfort (or discomfort, in this case) of your own home, finding the motivation to study well can be quite difficult. Although your studies may have taken a hit, there’s still time to get up to speed with a few great tips to get you back into the swing of things – in this article, we take a look at a few ways you can more easily get motivated during the winter months.

The first steps to working better

Whether you’re studying a diploma in construction management or are looking at doing a bachelor of arts at university, it’s easy to apply the same basic concepts to ensure your workspace results in better productivity. The best place to start is by creating a good working space, as how you structure this space will determine how focused you are on the study at hand. For winter it may mean that you have a few blankets and a heater close by if it gets too chilly for you to concentrate, but it’s also important that you have a comfortable office chair and no clutter on the desk – it should contain all of the bits you need for work, and that’s it. This leads us to our next point: minimising distractions. Although a distraction here or there might seem harmless, they will quickly add up to the point where you’re wasting hours of study time each week. And more study time means less fun time, after all. To prevent distraction, put your phone somewhere where you cant easily reach it and get any water or snacks organised beforehand so you don’t start wandering around the house aimlessly.

Applying discipline to study

A desire to study will help motivate you, and a good step in helping achieve this is through the development of a schedule. By splitting up your study load into approachable chunks, you’ll have a far easier time when it comes to tackling the work itself. For example, if you find it easier to work in the evening, you might consider doing your daily routine things earlier on so you’re properly prepared for proper study time later on. This idea play a lot into time management, as by dividing your work into smaller sections, larger projects will seem a lot friendlier on the whole. You can also set yourself scheduled breaks, and make yourself work a little bit harder knowing that you’ll soon have a fifteen minute respite, for example. Finally, if you find that you’re still having a little bit of trouble, it might be worth your while connecting with other people in your course who are similarly stuffing from home. By knowing that other people are in the same boat and finding support and getting tips from them, its bound to make your study time a whole lot simpler.

Don’t work too hard!

Although it’s certainly important to study hard and do well in your subjects, this shouldn’t mean you don’t take a little bit of time to yourself. Breaks every now and then and some time to yourself can ensure that your mental health isn’t too negatively affected by a big workload. Thinking in this way, taking breaks can actually make you work harder!

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