Five top tips on staying motivated in a competitive industry

This post has been highly requested on my Instagram, and I have finally got around to writing it! We all know that law is tough, there is a big workload, and many students have to face a few rejections in their time. Here are my tips for dealing with that, and taking it all in your stride.

  1. Make a to do list

I always find that tasks look a lot more manageable in a to do list. Those who follow my Instagram will know that I break my whole day down into a to do list at work, and it really helps me to stay on top of my workload. I also think that once a few things are ticked off the list, it really gives a sense of achievement. Sometimes for me, I can put tiny little things on my list such as read one article, which may take 10 minutes to read properly, but once it’s ticked off my list I feel as though I’ve achieved something, and this really boosts my productivity.

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  1. Remember why you started and look at your end goal

I think this is so important. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day of law school, applications, extra-curriculars etc, that you lose a sense of purpose. Sometimes it feels like all you want to achieve is to make it to the end of the day/week/semester. However, I find that it really helps to assess where you are in relation to where you want to be. This really helps me to stay motivated as I remember that my dreams are in reach. I also like to think about how far I’ve come.

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  1. Attend networking events

For me, networking events give me so much determination. Hearing about others career journeys gives me the motivation and boost that I need to continue my own journey. I think that sometimes the end goal can seem so far out of reach but to hear from people who have done it, and who are willing to give you advice on how to achieve those dreams really motivates me to keep working just as hard, if not harder.

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  1. Mindset

Mindset is so important. I personally have a mindset of ‘what is meant to be will be’. I spend a lot of time listening to motivational podcasts which also say the same. For me, the mindset of a rejection is not “I’m not good enough”, but “That opportunity wasn’t for me, but there will be something that is”. Don’t get me wrong, I am disappointed by rejection, but the key is picking yourself back up and being in the positive mindset that what is meant for you in life will come your way if you work hard and let the doors open.

 

(I couldn’t resist a cute dog gif, I’m sorry)

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  1. Relax

It is okay to take some time off! I feel like I put this in all of my blog posts at the minute, but it is so important! It is not healthy to work all of the time. If you’re struggling to stay motivated because you’ve done nothing but work, then take some time off. I guarantee that you will be more productive when you come back to your work because of it. Just take half an hour, go for a walk, or have a coffee (away from your work space if you can), or catch up with a friend. Whatever you do in that time, just don’t let it be work related. Then come back to it with a clear head, and I guarantee that you will feel much more motivated and productive!

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