How to get Motivated (Study + Work) | Free helpful apps & sites

Ever feel like you lack that energy to not want to do anything?

All you ever wanted to do is lie down in your bed, with your phone next to you, your laptop on your stomach and a bag of chips?
I want to share some of the motivation tips (you might have heard of them before) that have actually worked on me.

So after finishing this list, get up and do some work!

*Disclosure: Some links are affiliate. So I earn a compensation if you purchase the items. I share what I like and use from my personal experience.*

How to get Motivated

Go on Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram & We Heart It

These sites/apps have many beautiful images to get you feeling inspired.

Go and look up motivational quotes.

If needed, print some out and stick them in front of your desk or around your room. Pretty much somewhere you can see it clearly, every day.

You can also try looking up dream jobs or goals.

Which brings it to my next list.
Search suggestions: office, desk, study, motivational quotes, life quotes, goals, dreams, vintage, bright.

Make a Vision board

What is that? It’s a group of images, affirmation, photographs & pictures related to your goals, dreams & things that make you feel cheerful & joy.

This is one of the top things that make me feel motivated to study.

Every day I wake up, I look up at my vision board and feel encouraged to do something to achieve my goals.

Because of the colours, clatters & things that make me happy, I am so glad I used up my time to create this vision board.

If you need inspiration & ideas, search ‘vision board’ on Pinterest, Google Images or Tumblr.

Watch videos

To me, once you see someone’s success, you feel the need to want to do something.

Try watching videos by Be Inspired or Ted Talks if you need something to make your mindset feel successful. These channels help when you need something to bring up your spirits high and bring down the lazy low.

Another way is watching something that inspires you like Casey Neistat or your dream jobs vlogs (filmmaker, scientist, teacher etc) and imagines you trying to be in their spot.

I like to watch teacher vlogs since they are so informational and colourful. Plus I love how they teach. Something that fits your personal style.

Go for a quick walk/do some exercise

Who says that you have to stay inside and try to get yourself to do work?

Exercising is important for your mind and body.

Go for a 15-minute walk or do some yoga.

Get your muscles moving! It will surely wake you up.

Plus, who wouldn’t want a fit body?

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Read a book

If your mind is dead (sarcasm), wake it up by reading your favourite book.

Try to get your mind into activation. It will help you expand your knowledge & creativity.

An app I use to read free books creative by anyone is Wattpad.


Being messy is a no-no when you want to actually sit at a desk and work or study.

Try to declutter your space once or twice a week using your spare time. It will totally make you feel like you really want to do something productive.

And hey! At less, you don’t how to waste your time looking for something you really need under those piles of paper and books.

Lit up candles

I suggest getting your favourite scented one.

The smell will make you feel relax and stress-free.

Plus doesn’t it look so cool flaming gently? Hey look, I currently have apple + vanilla scented candles on atm (the time I’m trying this).

It smells greeeatttt.

Play some music

If you feel that silence can cause you to sleep, have no worries!

There are different sites and apps like YouTube and Spotify to keep you awake.

When I like to study or blog, I listen to this live radio to keep me motivated. And I get the job done!

Here is what I usually listen to Lofi Hip Hop 24/7 🎧 Chill Study Beats Radio.

It might not be your style, so I’ll give you some search suggestions for your personal taste!

Search Suggestions: chill, study, café, jazz, bossa nova, relaxing, piano, BGM, jazz, instrumental, lo-fi hip-hop

Make a planner/timetable

You know how a successful person becomes successful?

Of course, it’s planning.

By doing this, you get to see what is on scheduled, what is due and what you need to finish in order to achieve it by the due date.

You can create a habit out of it, consistently being productive and planning early.

It is also helpful for you bloggers out there trying to post on a specific date for your audience.

The app I use for my timetable is Power Planner.

This is a great app to keep track of what I need to do and when my school work is due, what day I need to post a blog or YouTube video.

Check out the Erin Condren planner or Emily Ley stationary if you want to have something pretty to look at when you wake up! 

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Set a To Do List

Setting a To Do List is great so you can see what you need to do today.

I use apps like Trello & Wunderlist to organize a To Do List.

I use Trello pretty much for ideas for blog, digital drawing, YouTube videos & school week tasks.

For Wunderlist, I keep a weekly scheduled To Do List and a grocery list.

Two of the apps can allow you to add other people if you’re doing the same projects or pretty much anything!

Drink Coffee or Tea

I love drinking my two favourite beverages in the whole entire world.

Especially in the morning, when the sun is out and you’re sitting in front of your desktop.

Have a snack along with it if you feel the need to crunch something along with your favourite drinks.

Don’t crash yourself on coffee!

Sleep more or take a nap

Feeling tired?

Try taking a 15-30 nap and have an 8hr sleeping schedule.

The time you wake up, your brain will feel refreshed and ready to do some work!

I use the app SleepyTime so see whenever what time I should sleep and when I should wake up.

Plus, once you pick that time, it sets an hour right into your alarm!

Think about your goals

Try visualizing your goals.

Ask yourself why you want to achieve that goal.

You need to be aware of what you’re doing is going to affect what you do in the future ahead.

So don’t give up!

Be that person out of all the unproductive people to be successful.

Reward yourself at the end

Don’t try so hard on yourself.

Give yourself a little reward in the end after you finished the day of work.

Examples are watching your favourite movie, eating fruits or chocolate, relax in bed, draw a picture.

Anything that you feel hopeful and excited for.

Take breaks

Remember, don’t overwork!

Try to take breaks from time to time.

Then go back to work feeling refreshed.

Be Disciplined

Try and always discipline yourself.

Put away things that distract you and stop procrastinating.

If you want to get out of the habit of procrastinating and achieving, be responsible and take action in your own life. Think to yourself “I need to finish this. If I don’t, I won’t get to where I want to be”.

“Just Do It”

Yes, sometimes you make excuses “oh I’ll do it tomorrow or later” which means you won’t.

The moment you do it now, then you wouldn’t have to worry about being collapsed in a bunch of work.

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Author: zyrakuma

Hi! I’m Ellen and I’m a student who blogs about lifestyle, self-wellbeing, productivity & relationship advice to make your life as simple and stress-free. I love art and playing video games. I have a pet duck (yes, I did do a post on that) and I’m currently studying Graphic Design since I have an interest in designs.

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