Its already some time that around me I am noticing many people that are struggling to get their college degrees because of many factors like, laziness, low motivation, distractions and other projects so I thought about writing an article specifically about this topic. I feel sad for all the people out there that are sacrificing some of the best years of their lives just to study.
Guys, really you can’t stay all day long in the house for 3, 4, or 5 years doing nothing but studying. You need to live a balanced life with friends, intimate relationships, fun and all the things that college will provide. I mean, studying is important like working but it is not everything and, as an advocate of being successful while also living a cool and fun life, I feel that I need to share this and help you get things done while also letting you experience college life for what it truly is: an incredible cool journey!
If you are a reader that already had his college experience or you are completely efficient in college, I would suggest you to continue reading because the principles that I am below exposing may be useful to you also to be a master in the other areas of your life. Before starting, a little bit about my story.
Four years ago I enrolled bachelor’s degree. During the first months of studying, I realized that I did not like the subject and my choice to study had been mostly influenced by society. Again I fell into the trap. But nevertheless all of that, I have been able to complete my program in perfect time.
How did I manage then to graduate in time studying something that I did not like?
I experimented a lot and finally came up with a solution during my second year. To better let you understand how my productivity changed between the years look at this:
- The first year I was 2 exams behind and had to study during summer to recover them (wrong thing studying something you don’t like during summer). Exams done: 5/7.
- The second year l recovered all of them clearing a total of 10 exams (the average was around 6-7 per year, all the program had 21 exams + the Final Dissertation). Exams done: 15/15.
- The third and last year, thanks to the principles that I used before to accomplish my goals I managed to clear all the remaining 6 exams and before that l had already written my final dissertation. Exams done 21/21 + Dissertation.
So how can you as well do what I did and get your degree in the shortest time possible?
The solution that l found to all of that is the following:
The main (not only) thought in the back of your mind should be to graduate. Usually, we think about partying, traveling and other things all day and dedicate small amounts of our mental energies to studying. Of course partying is freaking good, traveling is exciting, knowing new people is fun but the truth is that if you will focus yourself on those things and dedicate small amounts of your mental energy to studying you won’t be successful in getting this degree (unless you have created a strategy that makes you clear all the exams even if you party 95% of your time and study 5% of it).
Again beware! What I am saying here is not that you have to think only to graduate but it should be your predominant thought. What you want to do to facilitate that is to detoxify from all the things that might prevent you from focusing on your target that could be video games, TV, and even reading too much of blogs like this all day long without accomplishing anything for yourself. Follow the 80/20 rule. Put 80% of your mental energy into your degree and let the other 20% be anything else.
What I am stressing here is not the fact that you’ll need to study all day!
This is not what I am trying to let you understand. You might study all the day but still, have your mind busy with other stuff going around in the back of it. What you want instead is to clear all the garbage first so that once you study you will be able to focus better, study less and learn more efficiently. It is the predominant thought in your mind that will make things happen in your life.
Now having understood that, let’s go through the 3 steps that you actually have to take in order to succeed.
First Step: DESIRING
Basically all the things start from the desire. The desire either to avoid something bad or to reach something good or both. For me, it was both the desire to get rid of the university that pushed me beyond my normal limits and the desire to finally start my own projects. I wanted to clear this path as quickly as possible so that I could finally concentrate upon the things that really mattered to me. You may be motivated, for example (I don’t know, you know better than me), by the thought that once you will finish your degree the doors for the job of your dream will finally open, or to see yourself and your family happy for your accomplishments, or maybe because of my reasons as well.
So your first step would be to remember yourself why you are doing that. Try to find as many motivators as possible both ones that have their base on something that you want to reach and something that you want to avoid. In any case, don’t think too much about the negative scenario. Just let your mind be aware of what would be this scenario in the case where you failed your attempt (no job, lower self-esteem, wasted time and money, disappointment of your family). Of course think also about the positive stuff that will motivate you and visualize very vividly your desired scenario. Do this for 45 days consecutively at least.
Remember that when you want something so bad as you want to breathe you will get it.
Second Step: DEFINING
Once you have got the motivation it’s time to set up one long term objective and many short term ones.
I used to write on some papers my goals like: “objective: free summer” or “objective: graduate by July”. Then I attached those in front of the desk where I was sitting when working. These are long term reminders that will everyday trigger in you the desire and remember you what you are doing every time you look at them. Trust me, they are of absolute importance!
Then you should set many short-term tasks. I would advise doing this daily because it will be more effective than doing it weekly because you can keep track of your progress on a daily basis. For this purpose write down some notes in your phone or paper notes and stick them in front of your computer. If you use your phone you can use productivity tracking apps like Wunderlist or Checkmark.
Third Step: ACTING
And here we arrived at the most crucial aspect of the entire process.
You should now act without thinking about the reasons behind it. You already know why you are doing that (point 1) and now it is useless to think about other things again and again. You are in the present, now, and now you can accomplish your goal. Think that if you start right now you are already a step closer to graduate. This time, there is no room for distractions like going out and bullshits of every kind. If you fall victim of others invitations and appealing offers you are just procrastinating and so delaying your degree accomplishment. Is it that what you want? Then all do it as long you are fine with that. For me, it was no fine at all to delay my degree because I wanted to finish as soon as possible and reap all the benefits of freedom later on like I am doing now, and I can tell you that it’s worth it.
Before concluding this post I want to repeat myself one more time because this is the fundamental part. There has to be only that thing in your mind and it is graduating, stop. Stop occupying your mind with useless trash that will just make you drift away and start to be focused like a ninja, seriously man. You can go out with your girlfriend, go to party, golf, gym, traveling, skating and cinema but remember that you chose to graduate and this is your ultimate goal. To get your degree be present, be focused, be determined, and go to your goal like the wake goes into the sand. Slowly, constantly and with a determination that nothing can stop it.