This applies to anything you do in life whether it’s studying or going on a diet. Staying focused is hard especially if the goals are long-term.
I find that the best way to stay focused is to line up a series of short-term goals. In my perspective I view them as such: Let’s say you have an extensive tear in your clothes, it’s fixable but your choices are sewing them with a long piece of thread for the entire hole or smaller ones that add up to the same length. Odds are more likely you will end up tangling the longer thread and causing more trouble for yourself than using the smaller threads which do not pose this complication thus helping you stay motivated to finish the task.
Here is another example. If you are studying for a huge Final that is compiled of all the lessons you learned throughout the semester it seems rather overwhelming to re-learn everything. So in order to keep your motivation strong, just focus your studies on the concepts you struggled with the most and skim through the rest. Saves you stress and time.
Remember to keep your eyes on the prize and eventually you’ll get there. I had a professor once tell me in her Russian accent, “You can touch your ear but holding your hand to it but sometimes you have to take the longer route and go around your head and touch the same ear”. As long as you maintain your focus in the right areas you should be able to keep yourself motivated enough to finish any task.
Take my NOVA career for example. I never thought I’d see the end of Nursing School, these 2 years have been the longest years in my life compared to the 8 years I spent in private school. But I kept myself going with accomplishing the smaller tasks like getting an assignment done on time, preparing for 1 test at a time and keeping my eyes on the prize which was graduation. Long-Term Goal accomplished? I think yes!
If I can do it, you can do it. Stay Motivated my NOVA people!