Sunday, 7 May 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 18

I've spent the majority of this week revising and with just under three weeks to go until I'm finally done for the year this week's prompt couldn't have been more appropriate: "List the things that motivate you." 

What I can only wish my studying set up looked like... (source)

One of the things I hate most about exams and the revision period is that it feels like it will never be over and all you can see in front of you is days on end spent nowhere but the library. But, of course, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I've got an amazing summer planned so remembering that and these things is what keeps me going when I'm fed up of writing out essay plans about the philosophy of language for what feels like the one hundredth hour...


  • Thinking about how great it will feel when something is done - It's all about picturing that feeling of sheer relief and freedom when it's all over or you've achieved something you've been working on for a long time. 
  • Myself - In general I'm a really motivated person and fairly good at putting my head down and getting whatever needs to be done done on time so, unless I'm in a really bad headspace, I'm lucky that most of the time if needs be I can give myself a little pep talk that will set me straight if I'm struggling to find motivation.
  • The idea of making progress -  I'm someone who's definitely results-oriented and the biggest demotivator I can think of is when I feel like no matter what I do, I'm not going to make any improvement or progress. So, if when I don't want to do something I know that getting it done will help me to make progress somehow, that can make all the difference for me.
  • My Mum - My Mum is one of my biggest motivators. She's always pushed me, believed in me when I haven't known what I could achieve and is the best at bringing me up when I'm feeling down and lacking any incentive. 
  • The people around me - I'm very lucky to know people who have incredibly hard work ethics who inspire me to do my best too. Knowing that they're working hard helps me to do the same.
  • People I aspire to be like - In a similar vein, there are so many incredible people doing amazing things right now and following their careers encourages me to smash the next stepping stone so that one day I can hopefully be just an inch as successful as them. If you're looking for some kickass people to follow here are a few of my favourites: Emma Gannon, Jess Phillips, Nimco Ali, Caitlin Moran, Hank Green, Leena Norms, Hannah Witton, Bryony Gordon. These are just to name a few of the people who inspire me daily, I could literally go on and on and on...
  • Being in the defining decade - This is a bit of a silly one in a sense but the idea that right now, now that I'm officially in my twenties, is when I'll probably have the most opportunities open to me really motivates me to do my best and to try to take as many of those opportunities as I can. Of course I think that, to an extent (and I'm aware that I say this from a place of huge privilege), opportunities and life are what you make of them and that has no age limit on it. But I will never be this young, with as few responsibilities, as I am right now and that knowledge motivates me to do things like pack my summer full of travel and fun experiences, write that job/internship application I think I'll never get and spend time doing research on things that will help with the final year of my degree so remembering that when I'm lacking motivation can help to give me a real boost. 
  • The belief that hard work pays off - I've had it drilled into me from a very young age that if you put in the work for something, and really give it your all, that will always pay off. That may not necessarily be in the way that you think; you could put your all into something and have it fail, but, in nearly all those cases, the knowledge that I've put in my all and couldn't have done anything else reassures me and I've generally learnt the most important lessons from those occasions. So if I'm flagging on something I remember that hard work is almost always worth it in the end and try and get on with it!

Ok so I wrote a lot more than I expected. It turns out that spending time writing something to motivate you to revise is a great way to procrastinate revision... And on that note I'm going to take my own advice here and try and get back to it. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend!

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