Everyone can get motivated and pumped up about the GED, but staying motivated is hard.
One day you’re all like, I can do this. Look at me, I’m whizzing through practice tests.
The GED ain’t got nothing on me.
Then the very next day, you’re all like, ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓
I don’t know about this. This GED stuff is hard. I don’t like it.
That’s it, I’m out. Who needs a GED anyway?!
Staying motivated while studying for the GED can be difficult even under ideal situations– even when you have all the time in your hands, all the possible resources, and a quiet place to study. How difficult can it get when you’re working crazy hours, your car is in the shop for repairs, and your life is in general chaos?
Here are some tips to help you stay motivated for the GED, whether you are hoping to go to college or just get a better job. These tips can help you go far inside and outside of the classroom.
Five tips on how to stay motivated studying for the GED.
1. Set SMART goals and write them down.
The author, entrepreneur and business consultant, Michael Hyatt, suggests that people set SMART Goals.
What makes these goals SMART is that they are: Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-bound. Michael also suggests that people write down their goals. There are a certain power and intention in writing your goals down. Writing your goals down is the first step in bringing your goals from the imaginary world into the physical world.
Get more goal setting tips from Michael Hyatt here
2. Make a list of reasons you want to accomplish your goal (GET YOUR GED)
Life is crazy and busy, and if you are anything like me you get distracted easily…very easily. It’s easy to lose track of your goals, get blown off course and spend your nights watching an entire season of Orange is the New Black instead of studying.
This is the reason you need to write down all the reasons you want to get your GED, to remind yourself of how important it is. Maybe you want to get a better job and do something you take pride in, or you dropped out of school when you had kids and you want to show to your children the importance of education, or you want to be the first in your family to go to college. Whatever reasons you have, they are important. Write them down in a list by hand and read it often, maybe even make it a daily routine.
3. Find Support and Get Help
Even if you think you can get your GED alone, it will be much easier with the support and help of others. Reach out to family and friends. Find a library, adult learning center or community college near you with classes. Try to find a study buddy.
Sometimes, people around you will talk you down. When this happens, the best course of action is to simply ignore them. They are not in control of your life.
If you want to get support, tell the people in your life you know will support you. Tell them why you’re taking the GED. And things get a tough turn to them for support.
If you are looking for some extra support join our Facebook Group HERE.
4. Track and Recognize Your Progress
Break down whatever you are studying into smaller parts and stages. To make tracking easier, split huge topics into smaller tasks and mark milestones.
Although tracking your progress is important to stay motivated, you also need to recognize your progress. Tracking and recognizing your progress are different. Tracking is simply taking a note of how far you have come. Recognizing your progress means taking a step back, realizing where you are in your studying, and how much more you have left. Recognizing your progress makes you feel good and want to continue studying. It helps you to keep the ball rolling and gain momentum in your studying.
5. Reward Yourself
This is a tip that I’m sure all of you can get behind. Rewarding yourself is by far one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay motivated. Once in a while, it’s okay to bribe yourself.
Not feeling much like studying.
Then after studying, allow yourself to enjoy the rewards by doing something that you like or buying yourself a small treat.
I hope that these tips will help you stay motivated through your studying.
Start on tip #2 right now and go HERE and tell us your reasons for getting a GED.