After a fun and relaxing winter break, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. You go from sleeping in, to having to get up to go to class. Hanging out with family and friends, to locking yourself in your room to study. From having delicious homemade meals that your mom made, to having to cook yourself. The responsibilities of being a student all seem to come back the moment you return to campus, and it is a shock to the system. So how do you motivate yourself to do well and accomplish all the tasks in your busy day? I have some strategies that can help.
1. Look at the bigger picture
• Sure, at the time it always seems like a better idea to watch a movie instead of getting a head start on your next essay. But think about how you’ll feel the night before it is due. By doing a little bit every night, you won’t have to pull an all-nighter which university students are so famous for.
2. Reward yourself
• When you do complete your work for the evening, save enough time to watch that movie that’s been on your mind, and relax before gearing up for the next day.
3. Plan Ahead
• Plan to get together with friends on the weekend so that you have something to look forward to. This makes getting through the school week easier. It also makes it harder to procrastinate because you know that you won’t have an entire weekend to get all of your homework done.
4. Make Your Life Easier
• I like to make my school week as easy and painless as possible for myself. I’ll do things like prepare lunch and dinner foods so that I can just grab them and go when I’m rushing out the door in the morning. I’ll also make sure my room is neat, and laundry is done by Sunday evening so I’m not scrambling to find clean clothes when I’ve overslept before class.
5. Remember Why You are Here
• We’re all at university for different reasons…what’s yours? Keep it in mind when the weight of the world (aka your textbooks) is getting you down.