Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner, yet my professors still expect me to stay focused on assignments? YES. It’s not hard to stay motivated when you know what strategies work best for you. Whether you’re anticipating graduation or summer vacation, these five tips will help you stay motivated during spring semester.
1. Be Proactive
We know, easier said than done. Take the time to develop a list of everything you need to get done in order from most important to least. Lists give you a great visual deadline and allow you to decide where to spend the most time.
2. Learn to Unplug
We promise it’s not as hard as it sounds. During scheduled work time put your phone on “do not disturb,” airplane mode, or in another room. Handheld devices are an easily accessible distraction, and by simply making them unavailable you will increase productivity.
3. Keep a Positive Mindset
If you’re dreading an upcoming project or exam it’s probably going be as miserable as you’re anticipating. Don’t forget about all that you’ve accomplished and remind yourself of what’s to come. Don’t lose your excitement for learning while waiting for summer; make the days you have count!
4. Stay Involved on Campus
Talk to your professors or head to the library with classmates. Surround yourself with people who encourage you and want you to reach your goals. When you’re around other people who are working hard it will prompt you to work hard as well.
5. Don’t Overwork Yourself
Although you should be doing your best, make sure to schedule breaks and take time for yourself. If you’re not getting enough sleep or remembering to reward yourself, you will eventually crash. Having a schedule that allows time for things you enjoy will make the time you put towards homework less stressful.
Stay strong, Huskies! Summer will be here before you know it and all this hard work will pay off. Until then, visit the CEET Tutoring Center or join the CEET Blackboard Community for extra help.