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I am writing to you all as I take a break from the studying and presentation prep I need to do before the semester ends next week. This is the first time in my life that I am starting to lose motivation to do anything regarding school. I somehow stayed motivated the second semester of my senior year in high school but college is rough. An A- is not an A which is really a let down if I am being honest.
So as I struggle to stay motivated these last couple weeks of school. I thought I would share some of the things that I am doing to keep me motivated and on task so I can get all my work done and not stress out at the last minute.
First, I make a list of things I need to do in order of importance. I usually type it as an email and then email a list to myself so I have a copy on hand. I have come to realize that having a mental checklist cannot always work. Sometimes you forget some things and remember others or it makes it even easier to get distracted or fit unimportant things into the schedule. Having it written down has what you need to do right in your pocket.
Writing things down on a piece of paper helps as well. Sometimes it makes me feel better because I get to cross out assignments when they’re done which makes me feel a little bit more at ease than just mentally checking it off.
Another tip to stay motivated is to take breaks. Whether it be a snack break, water/coffee break, or even a TV break, sometimes you just need to take your mind off the work you need to do something completely different. It’ll help you feel more motivated to keep working. But don’t take too many breaks or make the breaks really long otherwise the completely defeats the purpose of taking a break and it is just putting you even farther behind. Believe me, the key is to find to the right balance. And remember, if you are becoming distracted by electronics or even books that they will still be there when you finish whatever it is you need to do. Something like that is not worth jeopardizing your hard work.
But last but not least, be sure to stay hydrated, eat right and be sure to get enough sleep. You won’t get anything done if you are tired the whole day. And if you are preparing for a test, sometimes going to bed and getting more sleep is more valuable than any extra studying.
That’s all for this week! The next post might be delayed next week due to finals but we’ll see!