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Old 09-09-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Let me set the stage for you.

I am in a counseling program and my classmates and I are meeting, for the first time. and it's the middle of the term. My motivation to study is waning. I don't want to study but need to. I hope I can get by with the minimum but I am cheating myself and those I will assist in the future.

How or what can you say to help me get over this hump. and get over to the other side?

I have to travel about 1100 miles to the site and I need to get things done. but I can't get the feeling of I'm not good enough out of my head.
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Hey, nice stage and thank you for sharing. My study habits are not the best. I am currently enrolled in a creative writing course. This course is difficult for me because I am more of a performing artist. This is a free to join class and the class requires reading and writing. We are encouraged to do our writing in the AM hours of the day, but I am more productive writing in PM and reading in AM. To be fair to the instructors and classmates, I am going to make my best effort to do it their way. But so far, my way works better for me. I am half way through the week and have finished my homework and study. <y

Is there a suggested number of hours of preperation the program requires? Like, for instance, if you were a runner or hurdle jumper, would you attempt to hurdle without practice? You might fall on your face if you did, but if you want to get to the other side, I suggest you practice in a way that works for you.

Can you exchange contact info with a classmate to have someone to check-in with?
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My credits are 5.0. which is about 10-15 hours a week. and I work 32+ hours a week. It's hard to get it all in especially with med changes. which I am having to do another med change back down because the dose isn't' right.

I'm going to try and get some good friends out of the time at the site. But friends are hard to make sometimes. I feel different and not as outgoing as I need to be.

Truth be told, I have gotten in about 8 hours a week. I need more time but don't have the energy or motivation.
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I really appreciated what you posted in my thread about struggling with graduate school, so I'll try to reciprocate.

Motivation is hard for me right now as well, but what I've found that helps is setting a timer for a certain amount and just sitting down and doing what you can do in that period of time. For example, I usually set a timer for 45 minutes then take a 15 minute break. During the break I'm allowed to do whatever the heck I want, even if it involves sitting and doing nothing or ruminating or whatever. I don't need any rules on the break except the obivous rules like don't break the law, etc.

If you are feeling stressed because you don't have the time, make the periods of time shorter. You can still accomplish something in a 25-minute chunk of time. Just make sure you sit down (I don't know what the nature of your schoolwork is) and only focus on the schoolwork for that period.

Also, in my experience, we cannot wait for inspiration or motivation to strike us. We have to have discipline. Then, motivation comes after that. It runs counter to the traditional, pop-culture view of motivation in which we have to wait for inspiration or motivation to strike us, then we go write the next great American novel or whatever.

Motivation comes as a consequence of action.

I am definitely not trying to minimize the fact that you're working a lot of hours at your job. That is a ton to balance. Is there any way you could cut down on hours at work? Or delegate some of the tasks to others? (Once again, I don't know what the nature of your job is).

I have had some med changes too recently and it cost me in terms of schoolwork. Luckily I was able to put off two final assignments until the end of the year because the people at the school were understanding.
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