How to Get Motivated When You Don't Feel Like It
Develop a Routine. Create a series of events that you always perform before doing a specific task.
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Try planning when and what you want to cover in a lesson in advance.
Go back over the basics to practice older material.
Keep track of your progress to stay motivated.
Trying skills from new angles and failing a lot helps you break out of your comfort zone.