When returning to study after an extended break, it can certainly take some time to get back into the swing of things. Activities such as exercise and study are often compromised as we may find ourselves less motivated, making it difficult to achieve the results we were once working towards. If you feel that you need a bit of help getting back into the study mindset, there are a number of tips that can steer you back on track. For our top four, see below.
1. Revisit your goals
When lacking motivation, it can be beneficial to reflect upon why you began the journey in the first place. When you first enrolled in the MBA, you would have discussed your goals with a Course Advisor, mapping out where you would like the degree to take you. Keeping your goals top-of-mind increases motivation to study, as well as persistence when times are tough. They are a great reminder of the overall picture you are working towards and can be just what you need to get back into the study mindset.
2. De-clutter your workspace
If your study area is unorganised and cluttered, it will come as no surprise if you find it difficult to get back into a study routine. A clean, well-organised and equipped workspace is necessary for a productive study session. Your study location should also be somewhere that is free from disruption and distractions, as this will help you to study more efficiently. As you get back into your routine, ensure you give your workspace a ‘spring clean’, removing any unnecessary items. This will make for a stress-free environment moving forward and put you in great standing for valuable study time.
3. Ensure you’re organised
When you commenced the MBA programme, you would have sat down to understand key dates and deadlines for each subject. You also would have invested in all study materials necessary, and prepared yourself for the work ahead. If you feel that you’ve drifted from this study mindset, take yourself back to where you started. Set aside some time to plan ahead and make sure you understand the requirements for this subject. Procrastination occurs when we’re unsure where to start, so if you complete the groundwork now, starting your assessments should be a comfortable process.
4. Plan out the completion of your degree
When you can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how far it may be, you will find you are more motivated to work towards it. When undertaking a programme like the Fast-Track MBA
at the Australian Institute of Business, you control the time in which you can complete your degree. If you need a month or two off, this is a possibility thanks to the unique learning model. Regardless of whether you have two or 12 months left, focus on how you plan to get to the end and motivate yourself to completion.
What do you think?
Do you have any other tips to add to this list? It can be difficult to get back into the study mindset after some time off, but when you focus on the bigger picture. you should find you are motivated to achieve your original goals. Comment below to share your tips for other students and join the AIB conversation. This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.