I’m so over University it’s not even a joke. Even though I can see the finish line, finding the will to keep going is so difficult.
“Just keep going until the 6th September. Just keep going. You can do it. You can do it.”
That’s the mantra I repeat again and again in my head, trying to persuade myself to complete my final project. In three weeks, it will be over and I won’t even remember the obstacles, I will be bathing in the relief, fulfilment and joy of completing my degree, of finishing my academic career.
But right here, right now, I am struggling. It’s the summer and everywhere I look my friends are getting on with life. They’re home, or they’ve started their jobs, or they’re on holiday. While me, I’m stuck, stuck in the same place I’ve been for the last 4 years – in university. I want to be at home, or working, or on holiday.
It’s the final project, the end is in sight. And although I’m armed with this knowledge, it is doing nothing for my morale. I am still procrastinating, still staring at a blank page and constantly delaying the inevitable. My mind is so preoccupied with the future I’m not thinking about the present. I want to know what life after Uni looks like, what will working me be like, I’m even planning holidays from a salary I haven’t even secured yet!
But then I read this quote:
“your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow”
~ Robert Kiyosaki
I can only get to this future me, by accomplishing what I need to accomplish today. Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of tomorrow that we forget to do what we need to do to get there. We start to take shortcuts, or simply fail to start and then wonder why it’s taking longer than expected to reach our goals. I’m learning to stay focused. It’s not about what my friends are doing, it’s about what I’m doing. What am I doing to achieve the goals I set? I can do all the things I want to, if I get this done first. And that’s when I got up, reread the brief and started to type. I don’t see a blank page anymore and it feels great. And I am finally comforted by the knowledge that crossing the finish line will feel even better.
How do you stay motivated?
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow”
~ Robert Tew