Tutors motivate and inspire their students to do their best. Some of us are born with a natural ability to inspire others. So, where do we get our inspiration and how do we stay motivated? Tutors, especially freelance tutors, often work in isolation, and their flexible schedules can be liberating, but at times stressful and de-motivating. Below are 3 simple ways for tutors (and other freelancers) to stay motivated.
1. Get outside and move
“Physical activity is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of creative and dynamic intellectual activity.”
- John F. Kennedy
Make time for physical exercise each and every day – even just 20 minutes will do the trick! Your body and brain will thank you, and you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you are. Take in the beauty of your surroundings; inspiration is all around us. The benefits of exercise are countless; here are 13 of them.
“The more you read the more things you know. The more you know the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
And the more you know the more you’ll be motivated! Reading opens up our worlds’ to new perspectives and inspires us to think differently, empathize and relate to others, and get our own creative juices flowing. So, what should you read? How about inspirational quotes or some of these books recommended by TEDsters?
3. Organize your work space
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what’s an empty desk a sign of?” – Albert Einstein
Tutors’ desks are never empty, but they do get cluttered from time to time. Shuffling through papers, clicking through electronic folders, and working around mess is unproductive, mentally exhausting, and de-motivating! Don’t just take my word for it, learn more about how clutter affects you and what you can do about it on Ooomf. A simple way to end the clutter is to set aside 10 -15 minutes at the end of each day to de-clutter or invest in some tools to keep you organized. I’m a fan of Adrianne Meldrum’s tutor office ideas on Pinterest. If you don’t have an office, organize files on your laptop and create a binder or folder for each student.
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How do you stay motivated? We’d love to hear from you!