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alright, well before i hit puberty i used to be motovated a lot and stuff but since i started highschool i've found it really hard to stay motivated i can never be bothered to do my homework, i want to but it just never happens! i go through little bursts of motivation but then i get my books out and it disappears. this makes it REALLY hard to study for exams and get assignements done.
has anyone else had this happen to them? what did you do?
how do you ussual get moivated?
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I'd say mostly it's hormonal changes.. since you're growing, you use up a lot more energy, and need to change your sleeping and eating patterns to suit.

First thing might be to go to your doctor to have your iron levels checked.. I lacked a lot of motivation when I was 13/14, and it was due to being aememic.. once they put me on iron supplements, I began to feel better..

Try exercising as well, get your heart rate up, and keep it going..

It's quite normal to go through a period of being unmotivated.. but it's really just a stage, nothing to be too worried about


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I hate to say it, but in the absence of spontaneous motivation, discipline works wonders.

I once sat in on a masterclass with the great concert violinist Isaac Stern, and someone asked him how he stayed motivated when he practiced violin. He replied that every day, he would choose one small thing, and he would simply work until it was perfect.

It's a good basic technique. Choosing discrete tasks -- like say, reading 10 pages of your Chemistry assignment and doing the problem set -- and chopping your work up into manageable bites can make it seem much less taxing than having a huge big pile that you have to somehow get through. Pick one thing that you are going to do, then do it. Then give yourself a little break. Then pick another thing and do that.

Often, I find that the motivation comes once you start doing something -- it interests you and the next thing you know, you really don't mind so much.

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