I have had encounters with students lately who have shown less interest in studying, especially with all that has been happening in the country. As a matter of fact, their love for education in the country has dwindled that it will take being intentional to rekindle it again.
Do I blame such students? Not at all! Do I encourage such development? Never! So, what am I driving at? There comes a time when the things you use to love and would ordinarily be interested in would become uninteresting to you. You would seem to have outgrown it and not find it exciting.
Often times, the reality is not that you do not find it interesting but that the atmosphere, situational changes no longer make such activities exciting and interesting to do. And one would wonder if it’s peculiar to only students. Frankly speaking, it’s not. And factors that warrant it differs in individual.
So, what do you do as a student if you find yourself losing interest in your study or things that matters to you? How do you get back on track just in time? Here are a few tips that can help.
Understand how it all started
These things do not just happen, the signs have been there. You didn’t just lose interest but started losing interest long before you eventually stopped caring at all. Environment contributes to it, new interests, more engagements, focus misplacement or even distractions, etc.
Truth is, when we find ourselves in new environment-this is not just location alone, situational changes, our psychology experiences changes and it affects a lot of things. So, trying to find a balance takes it toll on the thing we are devoted to and unconsciously, we lose sight of it without even knowing it.
While environmental change is inevitable, a break can help. Taking a break to cool off, re-strategise and get back on track can go a long way. I can imagine a student asking, “So, you’re suggesting I take a break from studying? How is that even possible?”
Breaks doesn’t necessarily mean long periods. It just means taking your mind off a thing for some time. In this case, it could be a weekend or even a long week. It will not harm because you’ll come back better and stronger.
From my little years of existence, I have seen how a person develops new interests while doing what s/he is passionate about. Basic truth, the more you explore, the more abilities and ideas you discover and develop. So, you’re getting interested in many other things.
Slow down… You’re human and not a machine. While the female gender can multi-task and be involved in so many things of interest, there is also limit to it. It’s not all that interests is what you should give your attention to. Try differentiate between your line of long term focus and temporary distractions.
With new interests come the willingness to explore them. Having skills in several things is not the issue here but managing those skills. It’s not everything that catches your interest that you give your attention to and devote your time to. As much as you want to explore, and diversify, please ensure you focus on things that align with your person and major interests to avoid stories that touches the heart.
Getting too involved in several engagements can become so overwhelming and you end up not meeting up. It can even make you lose interests in the things that matter. So, stay simply committed.
Focus Misplacement or Distractions???
So, here’s the gist, too many engagements births misplaced priority and distractions. Avoid getting involved in too many things. Your number of engagements doesn’t define your achievements. In fact, it is not a means to prove any point.
You see, saying no is not a sign of weakness but of strength. Saying no means you are mature enough to differentiate and stand for what you want. Being able to say no to engagements even when it seems like something of interest reflects courage.
So, rather than commit and give up halfway due to lack of interests, don’t commit at all.