We know you love to study and Iove to learn, but let’s face it, assignments can be a bit of a drag. Yes, you may enjoy the intellectual challenge, but the stress of getting the task done on time and demonstrating your knowledge can sometimes get the best of you.
So, is all this pressure and stress worth it in the end?
Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded by a great career… But while the knowledge and experience you gain from putting tasks together are great motivators in themselves, you also need to reward yourself further with unrelated gifts to keep you energised throughout the course.
There is actually theory behind the benefits of using rewards to motivate yourself. According to neuroscientist, Schultz, rewards are ‘objects or events that make individuals come back for more and promote behavioural choices that maximize them’. What this means is that rewards reinforce behaviours or decisions. For example, you are more likely to work hard to achieve your goal because you want the reward you know is available upon completion of the task or work. Using a reward system as a motivational strategy also helps you beat procrastination tendencies and helps you maintain energy levels.
Rewarding yourself doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend money, your reward just needs to be something positive that you know will motivate you to do the hard work you need to. When selecting your reward, think of something that is of value to you.
Maybe do something you don’t have much time for when studying, such as catching up on your favourite TV shows, going for a walk with your dog or simply reading a book.
And if you’re really struggling to get your assignment done and that reward upon finishing seems like it will never come, reward yourself along the way. Break everything you have to do for your assignment up into segments or smaller tasks and plan smaller rewards for completing each of those. It could be a delicious coffee once you’ve got the basic outline of your assignment planned or a walk in your garden to stretch your legs after doing the necessary background reading.
Again, it’s important to choose rewards that will motivate you. With these smaller rewards, aim to make them less time consuming – your ultimate goal is, of course, to get the assignment finished (and get that big reward).