Staying motivated on your own is hard, and what makes it easier is to find someone with similar goals to partner with you. You can also partner with your sibling, spouse or best friend on whatever goals they are trying to achieve; you do not have to seek the same goals as long as you both are encouraging each other to succeed.
Being alone makes it hard to accomplish something, whether it is writing a thesis, running a marathon or quitting smoking, you need to find your support network even with an online group.
If you have committed yourself to someone or group of people, stay accountable to that person or persons and report back to them on a regular basis. That accountability will help you do well, as you do not want to report your failure.
Chart your own progress through creating a simple spreadsheet or marking an X on your calendar; it is really rewarding to see how far you have come, and it will help you keep going. You may have bad marks on your chart, but that is OK, strive to get good marks next time instead of letting a few bad marks discourage you.
Reward yourself and celebrate your success for every little step along the way. You can write down the appropriate rewards, so that you have something to look forward; by appropriate we mean it does not ruin your goal and it is appropriate to the size of the goal, otherwise it is self- defeating.
Sometimes, we find it easier to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”; this procrastination can be due to having such an impossible standard for yourself that you cannot attain it, and therefore you avoid trying. Set your goal to be “I’ll do my best” instead of “get all A’s”, which may get you so intimidated that you never start working.