Let's face it. College requires a lot of studying. You'll find yourself facing the monsters of tiredness, headaches, busywork and deadlines, to name a few. While these things should be avoided, sometimes they are inevitable. Here's how I deal with them.
1. Imagine yourself studying.
This may sound silly, but it can build a desire for study. Imagine yourself turning the pages, typing the words or flipping through your flashcards. Focus on the process, not your emotion. This should only take a minute or two and can remind you of how simple studying can be.
2. Put yourself in a position to study.
Take 5 minutes and set up your study space. Find somewhere you can stay comfortably for an hour or so. Consider moving to the library, where other people are studying, an academic building or a coffee shop. Perhaps this looks like spreading out on your dining room table or desk and making a cup of tea.
3. Take the path of least resistance.
Start somewhere easy and small. Ask yourself what's closest to your finger tips or easiest to access? This may not be a first priority task, and that's okay.
4. Set a timer.
Set a timer, for no more than 15 minutes, and no less than 5 minutes. Work for this amount of time on whatever you decide to focus on. If you find yourself distracted during this timed study session, acknowledge your distraction and refocus your attention.
5. Reward yourself.
Make a plan, something that goes like this, "After I finish ___ in _____ amount of time, I will do ____. Make the reward worth it, but small. You don't want to derail your productivity.
Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do. That's life. As a college student, it's important to have a way to deal with these feelings, so as to not fall behind. Hopefully this list inspires you to keep moving, even if you don't feel like it.