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This is a discussion on An INTP in college | motivation problems | need help within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Think of motivation as the myth it is.... yeah there may be days where you feel like getting shit done, ...

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    Think of motivation as the myth it is.... yeah there may be days where you feel like getting shit done, but they are very rare exceptions. You just never will feel like doing it, so you might as well stop sabotaging yourself and grind through things.
    Checklists can give you some positive reinforcement as you get things done
    There are also gamifying apps like Habitica. I didn't last long in them but they might work for you.
    Find ways to make your work fun, or to implement some form of positive reinforcement. In my case I try to insert things that make me laugh into my work, but I have an awesome line of work that lets me do this.
    Remove distractors some way or another. Make them hard to reach. If motivation is lacking, then sometimes this is all you can do.

    Discipline is basically the grit to do shit when you don't feel like it, and it's something you build, like a habit. Disciplined people aren't motivated, they just are accustomed to pushing themselves through shit they don't want to do on a regular basis.

    That being said, if you don't enjoy your job, will you be okay doing it for the rest of your life after school is done? 8 hours a day is a long time to pour on something you don't enjoy.
    Last edited by Necrofantasia; 09-16-2018 at 10:40 PM.
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  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemonD View Post
    Just remember you're not there to learn, you're there for the paper that you can wave in employers face so they give you money!
    I'll keep this in mind, thank you <#

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandlight View Post
    Get a timer and a calendar, or some kind of computer-based tracker. Commit to doing a certain amount of studying or project work each day, and mark/track it.

    Break up the time. Let's say you want to work for 2 hours a day. Experiment with what kind of time period works for you before your mind wanders, or before you get distracted by penguins, or before you find excuses for taking a break. For me, this was 30 minutes. For others it can be 15 minutes, 60 minutes, or longer.

    Be realistic; if you break up the time, 2 hours of work might take up 4 hours of your evening (depending on how long your breaks are). But at least you won't be spending all night "working" and not really accomplishing anything.

    Have a goal. Do you want to achieve high grades, or do you just want to pass? Each time you receive grades from an assignment or test, compare this to your goal. If you're not doing well in one course, devote more time to that course to make up for the discrepancy.

    Try joining the online discussion groups (if they exist) for your classes. Discussing problems and helping others might help motivate you. But again, put a time limit on these and decide what your goal(s) are. For example, you might limit yourself to half an hour a day on discussion groups, and aim to answer one person's question and/or ask one question of your own. You can do this during one of your breaks from actual studying.

    Decide whether you do better sticking with one assignment/project/test until it's done, or whether you'd rather jump around, e.g., spend half an hour on an assignment and then another half an hour studying for a test, and then back to the assignment for another half hour. When I had multiple projects in my job, I enjoyed leapfrogging two projects. (But no more than two, because then I'd forget some of the details.) And I didn't need to take so many breaks because I was doing something different. So maybe if you have three things you need to accomplish this week, try working on two of them until one is done, then continue on #2 and #3 for the rest of the week.

    Play energetic music for the tedious/repetitious/mindless tasks, and try to have quiet for the work that requires concentration. I know this will vary from person to person, but this is what worked for me.

    If you have build projects, think of ways to make them more colorful or funky in some way. Just don't spend too much time fooling around!

    That's all I can think of at the moment. Good luck.

    I'll see what I can do, even thought the problem is not that i don't know work methods, it's just that I can't stick to one, I get bored, or maybe I just can't be organazed.
    Anyway, thank you so much for the advice, i really appreciate it <#

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    Try to become a part of a study group. It's far easier to work on things together with other people, as long as they don't get distracted easily either.
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  5. #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pifanjr View Post
    Try to become a part of a study group. It's far easier to work on things together with other people, as long as they don't get distracted easily either.
    i'll try it sometimes, thaaanks

  6. #16
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    I have struggled with motivation in the past. I dream big, sound like Trump, it's going to be "fantastic" and "YUUGE", then my follow through isn't always what I would like.
    For me personally the first year of college was the worst. After I got over adjustment period and could focus my studies more on what I was passionate about then I enjoyed the experience. Not usually the way we INTPs think but networking and job opportunities that colleges can provide are also a big help for getting started in your career.
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  7. #17

    Quote Originally Posted by Erdos View Post
    i'll try it sometimes, thaaanks
    Don't procrastinate on it too long. It's far easier to form groups at the beginning of the school year.
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  8. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pifanjr View Post
    Try to become a part of a study group. It's far easier to work on things together with other people, as long as they don't get distracted easily either.
    actually, i prefer to work alone, i'm OK with helping others from time to time, but i can't stand studying in a groupe.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isa View Post
    I dream big,
    this is me.
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  10. #20

    Quote Originally Posted by Erdos View Post
    actually, i prefer to work alone, i'm OK with helping others from time to time, but i can't stand studying in a groupe.
    Maybe a study partner then. You don't even have to study in the same room, you could just discuss study related context online.
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