5 Things to do When You’re Losing Motivation

5 Things to do When You’re Losing Motivation


Motivation can be hard to find and harder to keep. We’ve all at some point felt like we’d rather do anything else than go to the library or open our notes. You may even hype yourself up and get ready to work, but when it comes to it, it’s just not going to happen. Here are a few things to try to get back on track!


Think about the end goal (and the benefits you’ll get along the way)

There’s a reason you’re doing all this studying! Yes, to pass exams, but also to make you a knowledgeable and competent doctor. We all know how much hard work it takes, but think about how GREAT you’re going to feel when you reach your end goal. It will be worth it!


Set yourself targets

Writing down goals or to-do lists every day or week can help. Not only can this make tasks more manageable and allow you to visualise what you need to get done, but it can be hugely motivating to be able to tick things off and see your progress.


Give yourself rewards!

Positive reinforcement is so effective! Use rewards that you know will motivate you. Whether it’s that smoothie you’ve been eyeing up in the library café or an episode of your favourite TV show, having something to look forward to can really get you through a rough patch.  


Surround yourself with inspirational people

The attitudes of people around you can rub off on you- if you’re only talking to people with a negative mindset, you won’t feel inspired. Find the friends that encourage and inspire you and spend some time with them when you’re feeling low on motivation. You’re not alone, and we’re all here to support each other!


Challenge yourself

Maybe you’re lacking motivation because you’re just….bored? Trying different ways of doing something can break your repetitive cycle and spark motivation. Bored of hours staring at an anatomy textbook? Try an app like Essential Anatomy, which is 3D and much more interactive. Youtube videos can help too. Changing your scenery and working somewhere else is another way to go.

Once you’ve got your motivation back, put it to good use and maintain it. As Jim Ryun said, “motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

About the Author

Hi, I’m Sumona and I’m a UCL medical student. I’m passionate about medical education and I hope that my posts are interesting and inspiring for you. Check out my personal blog for posts on travel, food and my experiences being a student in London!


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