It’s that time of the year again when everything seems to be due at once and it does not feel like there is enough time in the day to do it all. As students we experience a constant flux and flow of motivation so here are 10 of the most inspiring quotes regarding that study grind to motivate you when writing assignments.
1. Writing Assignments Requires Rest
“If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.” – Banky
This quote is particularly relevant at this time of year when writing assignments because we feel fatigue more now than ever before. But it is important to note that taking study breaks is important for not just your physical health, but your emotional health too! So next time an assignment has you feeling worn out, take a break but don’t quit. You’ve got this!
2. Take A Risk When Writing Assignments
“How sweet the risks are.” Paul Valéry
In the midst of a particularly gruelling essay we often fail to see the benefit in risk. When we take a risk we almost always reap the reward. So this assignment season choose a topic that’ll challenge you and help you grow, experiment with new language and have fun with it! The possibility of learning something new will help you find that missing motivation.
3. Have Nerve When Writing Assignments
“It’s not enough to be nice in life. You’ve got to have nerve.” – Georgia O’Keffe
When you are writing assignments this semester remind yourself to have nerve and be brave in your work! We lose motivation when we also lose faith in ourselves and our own capabilities, so invite motivation back into your life by having the tenacity to do something that makes you nervous.
4. You Belong Here!
“I belong wherever I want to be.” – Stephenie Meyer
As students we are no strangers to a mid-assignment existential crisis. We then lose our motivation because we don’t believe we belong where we are, but the truth is that we belong wherever we want to be! So if you are doing what you love, if you are striving for a particular career that you think serves your life’s purpose then you are doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing – which right now, is finishing that assignment. Allow your sense of belonging to motivate you!
5. Take Your Time When Writing Assignments
“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” – Virginia Woolf
Assignment deadlines often have us scrambling to finish our work in time but don’t let a due date rush you to the point that you lose all motivation to finish it at all. The truth is that just by being who you are, you are already capable to do this work. You don’t need to be smarter, richer, shiner or someone else to do what you are doing. So motivate yourself with your own qualities and don’t rush. You will get it done!
6. You’ll Find The Way!
“Hidden in all that tangle, there is a way.” – Adrienne Rich
When writing assignments challenges us the most we often lose our motivation because we can’t see how we can get it done when there is so much standing in our way. But in between what is holding us back there is a way in which to get it done. It doesn’t matter how you get it done, just that you do! So look past what is hindering your progress and find a way to do it.
7. Coffee Helps!
“Coffee in one hand. Confidence in the other.” – Unknown
While we are not all coffee drinkers, this quote reminds us to hold close something that soothes us while we let our confidence carry us. There needs to be balance when writing assignments. So if a cup of coffee helps you when you are studying, demolish those lattes but it’s important you stay in tune to your confidence as well. You have two hands, use them both!
8. Find Something To Be Excited About!
“You ruin your life by tolerating it. At the end of the day you should be excited to be alive. When you settle for anything less than what you innately desire, you destroy the possibility that lives inside of you, and in that way you cheat both yourself and the world of your potential. The next Michelangelo could be sitting behind a Macbook right now writing an invoice for paperclips, because it pays the bills, or because it is comfortable, or because he can tolerate it. Do not let this happen to you. Do not ruin your life this way. Life and work, and life and love, are not irrespective of each other. They are intrinsically linked. We have to strive to do extraordinary work, we have to strive to find extraordinary love. Only then will we tap into an extraordinarily blissful life.” – Bianca Sparacino
Writing assignments can be boring and hard work but we must remind ourselves that these assignments are apart of the bigger picture and we ruin our lives if we are simply tolerating them. Watch your motivation pour back into your life when you have a better sense of why you are doing the work.
9. Don’t Take Your Assignments Too Seriously
“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest.” – Herman Hesse
Motivations escapes us when we take things too seriously and make them harder than they need to be. So while this assignment may be worth a large portion of your marks, your entire career rides on much more than this one assessment piece. So don’t take it too seriously and try to laugh in between.
10. You Are In Control!
“The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
When we realise we are the authors of our own stories we often find our motivation again. The world is our oyster and we are completely in control of the journey we take, so let your power also be your motivation this assignment season!