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Finding Motivation for the Last Mile…

It’s true that the last mile is always the hardest. Hands down this past two weeks of uni have been very difficult for me in terms of my motivation. I am a very motivated person, but something is happening in these last couple of weeks – and I know for a fact by the memes people are sharing on social media that I’m not the only one! :’)

I’m hoping this post will also be relevant to those of you who are close to completing something that you’ve been working hard on, or that you’re looking forward to finishing. Below are a few of the things that I think about when my motivation is running at an all time low!

  1. Don’t let your effort be for nothing.

You’ve worked so hard for this, so don’t even think about taking your foot off the gas pedal because of the way you’re feeling currently. I’m a big believer in living life with no regrets – so don’t regret your lack of hard work in the lead up to something great. You may feel tired, you may feel drained, but these are all temporary feelings which will soon be over. Don’t wish that you had of worked harder.

2) It will all be over soon.

Within no time this will all be completed, you would have achieved something great, and how you feel now will be a distant memory. Bare this in mind, you’re so close to completing something great, its a matter of short-term pain for long-term gain. I find it also helps to think about how you will feel once it is all over, use this feeling to get you to the finish line!

3) Keep sight of where you want to be.

On a beach living the free life, please 😉 The only thing that is going to get you there is your present self. Work hard now, and your future-self will thank you later. Nothing worth having comes easy, so put in the effort now. Remember why you started in the first place – you’re closer than you’ve ever been to achieving this.

Keep pushing, because now is not the time to stop…

Jazzy B ❤

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To Whoever Needs to Hear it…

For many, it’s exam season which means stress is running high and time is running out.

I not long ago handed in my dissertation, which I am still so happy about, and although I don’t feel it was perfect I am proud of the hard work I put in. I sacrificed a lot of time and sleep and now it’s a waiting game to see what I get. In the meantime, it’s another essay and an exam to revise for!

I’m seeing all over my social media people complaining about how stressed they are, how anxious they are feeling and how hard they are working. This turned my attention to how we feel about ourselves during this stressful time.

The thing I hate most about exams is that I don’t feel they are a true representation of a persons abilities and hard work. Learning just to excel at an exam and learning because you enjoy the subject and want to explore it more are unfortunately two different things. I feel in today’s society the education system (right the way from secondary to university) forces everyone to learn to pass an exam. The sheer volume of stuff you have to cover just in order to pass an exam now (especially A-levels) is ridiculous.

But to whoever needs to hear this, don’t let your exam results define you. You may be chuffed or you may feel disappointed with the outcome, but you should never let your results change the way you think about yourself. After all, they are not a true representation of your abilities or the hard work you have put in. Maybe I’ve been in education for too long, but there is far more to life than letting a grade alter your self-perception and making you feel worthless. It’s just a grade. It will not hold you back from achieving what ever you dream of in the future. Don’t be disheartened.

Keep things in perspective. Admittedly, the deadlines placed upon students make it easy for a healthy perspective to be lost. It forces you to push everything to the side and fixate on that one thing until it’s complete. Although this is a good mentality to get things done, its also very mentally draining. Every year after uni I feel so burnt out and need a week where I do absolutely nothing apart from gym and eat good food! I’m needing a lazy week!

The exam stress will all be a distant memory soon. Work hard but remember to keep things in perspective,

Jazzy B ❤

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Live In the Now.

Recently I’ve been thinking about my motivation towards university, as admittedly it’s been a lot lower than what it usually is. Although this doesn’t worry me, because I know my determination will see me through, it made me question why I feel the way I do.

The other day on my Instagram I read a quote which made a lot of sense to me;

If you are depressed you are living in the past. 
If you are anxious you are living in the future. 
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”


― Lao Tzu

I think there is a lot of truth in this, especially as I have been feeling anxious recently due to deadlines, dissertation uncertainty etc (all things which concern the near future). When relating this back to my own motivation levels, I think it can be said that I’m living in the future, instead of appreciating where I’m currently at. I’m so excited and ready for what the next chapter holds after uni, that sometimes it negatively affects how I’m viewing the present moment.

Living in the future is something I think we all do at times, especially if you’ve been in full-time education for what feels like a lifetime! As much as I have enjoyed my degree, I do believe that our education system encourages anxiety due to the silent pressure and expectation placed upon students to know what they want to do with the rest of their lives upon graduating. I’m very much somebody that when I have a goal in mind, it’s all I think about. Although this can have its benefits, it can also cause anxiety and a lack of appreciation for where I’m at now.

Of course, living in the future doesn’t just relate to education, it’s far broader than this. Every year most of set new years resolutions (goals which we believe will better ourselves or another in the future), we work hard and save for something we want in the future, we do so much to benefit our future selves.

But what about now? 

It’s so important to stop, take time out, and reflect where you’re at now. Having goals and a future incentive to work hard in the present is great for motivation but we have to know when to stop living in the future. A little appreciation for where you’re at now will go a long way! This is exactly what I’m trying to do – I have a clear plan for what I would like to do when I graduate, and I’m so excited to get to work on making this a reality, that I feel it’s becoming a distraction to what I’m currently trying to achieve.

Just live in the now – you never know what will happen tomorrow or next week and that’s the beauty of it. The future might not be all that it cracks up to be, and then you’ve set yourself up for a lot of disappointment, whereas right now we have the power to make each day exactly what we want it to be. Look forward to the future, cherish the past, but most importantly live in the now…

Thank you for reading,

Jazzy B ❤