College is tough, especially when you’re in the middle of the semester and can see no end to classes, tests, and homework. Put gloomy fall weather into the mix, and chances are any motivation you had at the beginning of the year is pretty much toast. All you want to do is curl up in your bed, binge watch your favorite TV show on Netflix, and eat ice cream straight out of the container.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no bachelor’s degree in Netflix. That means you actually have to stay on track with all your class work and extracurricular activities. Working on applications for a job or study program? The deadline isn’t going to extend just because you took an extra long nap.
I’m not saying you have to be miserable for the rest of the semester! There are actually quite a few ways to survive the semester without sacrificing your sanity or your GPA!
1. Schedule Your Work
I’m sure you’re all tired of me telling you to go out and buy yourself a planner, but I only nag because I care. Planners are literally the best things that were ever invented in the whole world (besides the caramel macchiato, maybe). Anyway, I digress.
You should schedule your work because it’s easy to put things off until the last minute and then get super overwhelmed and end up losing sleep because you’re up working on something that should have been finished days ago. I definitely learned this the hard way in my first semester of college, because I never really had to execute a lot of time management in high school.
With a planner, you can easily figure out what subjects you’re going to focus on and when you’re going to focus on them. That means no more late nights stressing over an assignment!
2. Treat Yourself
You just spent two hours studying for that math test. You’re awesome and deserve that thing you want. Just don’t get too busy spending money, you’re still on a college budget, you know.
A lot of times after a long day of studying, I’ll reward myself with some Starbucks or an extra cookie. I’m not sure if you can tell, but food is a pretty big incentive for me. Find out what your incentive is, and use it to your advantage! If you’re a Netflix-a-holic, watch an extra episode before you hit the books again. If you’re a social butterfly, allow yourself to go out and be with your friends! Just because you’re a good student doesn’t mean you can’t let loose a little!
3. Get Out Of Your Apartment or Dorm Room
I don’t know about you, but my motivation plummets as soon as I enter my room. Why should I be productive when there’s loads of other things I could be doing, like sleeping or watching TV?
My two favorite places to be that aren’t my dorm are the library and any cafe that I can find. The environments make me feel much more motivated and relaxed a the same time. Don’t ask me how that’s possible because I don’t know, but it’s true. I get about three times the amount of work done in a cafe setting than I do sitting at my desk, and I don’t get near as stressed out. Maybe the coffee has a little something to do with it…
Anyway, point is: Your room or apartment is distracting. If you want to be productive, find a new place to do your school work, whether it’s on campus or somewhere in town.
4. Get Enough Sleep
I’m guilty of not doing this. I put off going to sleep at night, and I end up regretting it in the morning. You would think I would eventually learn my lesson, wouldn’t you?
Getting enough sleep is important because you don’t want to be dragging all day or be in a bad mood. That’s not an equation for heightened productivity, in fact it’s quite the opposite. No amount of coffee or other forms of caffeine can offset the lack of natural energy your body generates while you’re sleeping.
Please, be healthy and get AT LEAST 6 hours of sleep at night. 8 hours would be preferable, but we all know that’s fairly unlikely.
5. Find Inspirational Quotes
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Quotes board on Pinterest. Okay, so maybe that’s not 100% accurate, but you get the point. Sometimes all you need to do is stumble upon a quote that really speaks to you (Get it? Speaks? Quotes? *Ba dum tsss*).
All stupid puns aside, inspirational quotes do help! If you want somewhere to start, take a look at my Pinterest board for quotes. You can print them out and hang them up, write some on sticky notes and put them all over your room, or set one as your desktop background. That way, wherever you go, you’ll always have someone cheering you on.
Those are my top 5 ways to survive the mid-semester slump in college! Do you have any more tips or tricks? Share in the comments below!
Oh, and that freakin’ awesome photo used in the title image is by Chaitra, the talented blogger behind PinkPot. Find more awesome photos by her here.
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