If you’re like me, your motivation seems to always dwindle right around the time midterms come to an end. You’ve worked hard up to this point and you’re counting the days until Winter Break. But wait! Don’t give up! You’re halfway there! Here are 5 awesome ways to keep that motivation sparked even after midterms have passed (and enjoy doing so).
1. Keep a List of ‘Things to Do’
Keeping a to-do list may seem cliché, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure you get everything done and leave nothing out. Lists have been proven to actually help you stay organized and on track. Stop by your local convenience store and pick out a cool notebook with a design that catches your eye, that way you’ll enjoy carrying it around. Use different color pens to keep track of what you have planned for each day, and put a little smiley face (or check) next to each activity as you complete it.
2. Set Goals
Setting goals to keep yourself on the right path never hurts. Start small, like finishing your whole checklist before the weekend, leaving more time to hang out with friends and family. Then you can go for a bigger goal like finishing your homework before you work on that homemade film you’ve been sneaking time for.
3. Reward Yourself
That box of cookies been staring you down each time you open the pantry? Allow yourself a few every night when you’ve checked everything off your list. Or what about that brand new accessory you’ve been dying to buy, but are totally putting off because you know you’ll feel guilty? Every goal you accomplish, treat yourself! Get the new camera, or download that new album you’ve wanted to listen to.
4. Don’t Cram
Stay ahead of the game, don’t let yourself fall into those oh-so easy habits of cramming the night before you have a deadline.This almost ever only leads to too little sleep and too much stress. Make sure you are staying ahead of the game now and it’ll pay off in the long run, (and probably save you a lot of last-minute stress).
5. Take breaks!
You’ve been studying and doing well, staying on top of your stuff for a while now. You deserve a break every now and then too though. Every few hours, take a 30 minute break and grab a bite with a friend, or take a walk through campus to get blood flowing again. You’ll come back more relaxed, and have an easier time concentrating.
If these tips haven’t already got your creative juices flowing and ready to get to work again, enjoy this motivational quote from our very own Matt Kushin, a professor in the Communications Department: “You don’t have to be the smartest person, you just have to be the hardest working person.”