You Can Do It!

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Mikayla Rouse, Staff Writer

Hello once again, Lake City. I recently wrote about how to relieve stress. Well, you’ve managed to tackle stress, and hopefully, now you want to motivate yourself. Let’s talk about it.

 Methods of motivation depend on what you need motivation for. If you’re a procrastinator, then you might need some bribing. If you lack organization, you may need to get a shelf for items without a place in your room. There are multiple other things you may need motivation for, but I am going to talk about the two I mentioned.

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. If you procrastinate, you may tell yourself “I’ll get it done later.” Maybe sometimes that “later” never comes. Things you may delay doing would be the things you don’t like to do. To overcome this, there are a few steps you’ll have to take.

 The first step would be to make a to-do list. Write down everything you need to get done on a piece of paper. Then, take all the cash you have and give it to a family member or a friend, and tell them that if you don’t get everything on your to-do list done, they can keep the money. Typically, people don’t like to give up money, so maybe this is the way to go for you. It’s best if you give them as much money as possible, so you don’t decide the money isn’t worth it.

“I get motivated with the support of others. We’re all in this together.”

— Samantha Miller

 Another way to beat procrastination is to reward yourself. Like the first method I talked about, you need to write a to-do list. if you have ten things on your to-do list, then give yourself a small reward after you complete two of the tasks. If you complete the whole list, treat yourself to your favorite thing. It should be something you don’t get often, that way you’ll be more excited to complete your list.

 If you lose everything and are unorganized, reading further may help. Say you don’t feel like organizing your things. Well, start by cleaning your room/house. Put things where they belong and make a pile of things that don’t have a place. After you’re done cleaning, go through the things that don’t have a proper place. If you can get rid of some of it, do it! The less random junk you have, the more room you have for things that matter. Okay, it’s time to find a home for the rest of the stuff. You can get organizers from stores like WalMart, K-Mart, and Target. From there, put things in your new organizer and ta-da! You’re organized.

 You can even get an organizer before hand. If you have an empty organizer, you may feel more compelled to get it done. It’s bribery motivation, and you will be rewarded, so long as you stay organized.

If you have a place for everything, but you forget where their place is, getting labels can help. Label drawers and shelves so you know where things belong, and then you will remember more often than not. You can also label your binder for your classes.

 I asked Samantha Miller, a sophomore,  how she motivates herself and she responded by saying “I get motivated with the support of others. We’re all in this together.”

Bribery, reward, and support of close friends and family seems to work for some people, but if it doesn’t work for you, then I suppose you need to find some other way to motivate yourself. Thank you for reading. Have a magnificent day!