Friday, March 20, 2015
Our minds are probably drifting to summer, the beach, and vacations. Well, lets reel it back in. Are you distracted, drained or losing focus, but you still have projects, presentations and final exams to complete? Those few weeks can seem pretty far away once you think about it. This blog provides tips that can help you stay motivated.
Refocus: Classes are still going. Think of the prize, graduation, and your future. Remembering why you are in school can help push you through the semester and semesters to come. Use the power of positive thinking and believe in yourself. Overcome discouragement.
Set Goals: Create short-term goals that are reasonable. For example, set a time to study and then you can have time to relax and move on to the next task. Learn to say no to options and distractions that deter you from your goal. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Use positive imagery to help you achieve your goals. Imagine yourself as you will be and feel when your goal is achieved. Sometimes to keep yourself motivated, you need to set out time to do things not related to school. Take part of the weekend off and go to a recreation center/gym, hang out with friends, or even go out. The key is being responsible about it. Realize that taking this break is not just to have a good time, but to clear your mind. That way, when you do return to your studies, you'll have less trouble staying motivated knowing that your "break" is coming every weekend.
Practice extreme self-care. Good health is essential to positive thinking and feeling, which will take you a long way toward achieving your goals.
Having an organized study space can be the greatest of motivators. Being motivated at the beginning of the semester is not the difficult part. However sustaining your motivation in the middle of the semester can be difficult for many students. To maintain motivation it is important to grasp that school is an important cornerstone in your life. I believe the best tip for staying motivated is getting a good night's sleep, and taking time to have fun. Low energy will kill your performance and academic success, so aim for good grades and get as much rest as you can at the appropriate times.
Remember: What you put into your success is what you will get out of it and if you work hard all throughout your education you will be very successful in the real world.
Jersey, K. T. (2013, October 12). How to stay motivated mid-semester. Retrieved March 15, 2015, from College Fashion: http://www.collegefashion.net/college-life/how-to-stay-motivated-mid-semester/
Tips for Staying Motivated . (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from bigfuture by The College Board: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/inside-the-classroom/tips-for-staying-motivated