Stop Saying, “I Don’t Feel Like It.”

How often do you face the prospect of finishing an assignment or studying for a test, only to give up and say,

“Eh, I just don’t feel like it right now.”

This feeling of de-motivation is common to all students and anyone who does creative or brain-intensive work for a living.

Heck, I’d venture to say that everyone falls into this mindset at least once in a while. Here’s the thing, though:

“Not feeling like it” doesn’t actually change your options.

Even if you don’t feel like doing something, you can still do it. It simply takes grit – mental toughness – to get yourself through those de-motivating feelings.

In this video, I’ll share a simple strategy that writers, weightlifters, and all sorts of other badasses use to get difficult work done consistently.

If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.

Now That You’re Motivated…

10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades - Thomas FrankBuilding good study habits and getting over “I don’t feel like it” are both incredibly important steps to earning great grades.

If you want tips beyond that, though, I’ve got you covered. I just finished writing a book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) and I’d like to share it with you for free.

The book covers topics like:

  • Defeating procrastination
  • Getting more out of your classes
  • Taking great notes
  • Reading your textbooks more efficiently

…and several more. It also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.

If you’d like a free copy of the book, let me know where I should send it:

I’ll also keep you updated about new posts and videos that come out on this blog (they’ll be just as good as this one or better) 🙂

Video Notes

If you don't feel like studying, here's how to get back in a productive mindset.

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What do you do to get work done when you just don’t feel like it? Let me know in the comments.

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Hi. I work with unmotivated k-8 students and mentors in online schooling. I would love to share this video but the language used in one section is inappropriate. I love the message and I will definitely share with my own college/high school students.


Hey Thomas,
Your blog is awesome , by using this blog I found all my problems gon away from me !
And I kindly request u to help me in preparation for exams such as GRE, SAT and TOEFL exams

Jack frizz

Hey Thomas,
Your blog is awesome , by using this blog I found all my problems got away from me !
And I kindly request u to help me in preparation for exams such as GRE, SAT and TOEFL exams


I absolutely love this website, your book, and everything you are doing. It is truly a huge inspiration and I will refer to this site A LOT as I continue my college career. Thank you for creating this site, you are doing a tremendous job, and awesome favor to me and every other college student out there that wants to succeed, which I hope is everyone. Thank you Thomas

Pepper Dasnee

helpful! thank you 🙂


That helped me a lot. Thanks a lot Tom.


looking for motivational videos that will inspire my middle and high school boys. Thanks for the great tips, however, do you have to use curse words? I’m afraid to watch and promote your other videos due to language. I work so hard on teaching my young men that clean and pure thoughts, language, and actions can be attained in today’s world by men. Thanks for listening!

Kim Alvarez

This is awesome. I fall prey to this more often than I care to admit. The quote on the differences between amateurs and professionals really hit home. I shall work to become a better me! Thank you for this video 😀


Great video! I can totally relate to the writers writing bad first drafts just to have something down on paper. I would put off writing all my college admissions essays because I didn’t know where to start but once I just started writing, even if it wasn’t in the order it should be or it sounded like a third grader wrote it, I at least had something to work off of and edit. Now I just have to apply your tips to my class work haha


What about the challenges that those with ADHD have? Motivation is much harder for those with ADHD than those that don’t have it. Dr. Brown: “Many individuals with ADHD syndrome chronically delay starting tasks until they are face-to-face with the immediate pressure of an imminent deadline. They have chronic problems with cognitive activation”

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