5 Ways to Stay Motivated Until Winter Break

It’s been a long semester. You’ve tackled countless assignments, studied endlessly for exams, and showed up to class day after day. And now, you’ve finally made it to the home stretch! Here’s how to stay motivated until winter break finally arrives.

1. Stick to a schedule.

When you’re not feeling very motivated, it’s easy brushing off your responsibilities until they come back and haunt you at the very last minute. Stay on track by keeping yourself on a schedule. Aside from your daily classes, pencil in time each day to tackle your work. When you treat it like it’s part of your routine, you’ll be less likely to ignore it.


2. Create daily goals.

You know what they say — Take things one step at a time. Try creating a small goal each day rather than only aiming to make it past finals week. For example, make a goal to finish up a paper one day, study three chapters the next, and so on. It’s easier staying motivated and focused when you take things day-by-day.



3. Reward your hard work.

Speaking of taking things day-by-day, you don’t have to wait all the way until winter break to reward your hard work! That’s still a ways off, so you’d probably just end up feeling more impatient than motivated. Try creating smaller, more frequent rewards as your motivation until then. For example, how about treating yourself to a movie night once you’ve finished studying for your next exam?


4. Keep your environment productive. 

When you’re sitting in your dorm room, are you more likely to finish your term paper or flip your TV to 25 Days of Christmas on Freeform? We’d go for the latter. That’s why switching up your environment is so important when it’s time to get down to business. Even if you haven’t been there all semester, start making frequent trips to the library. When your surroundings are all about working hard, you’ll naturally feel more motivated.


5. Start a study group.

Study groups are the best when you’re having trouble staying motivated. It’s like a support system that’ll keep you on track until break! Plus, putting your heads together often gives you more clarity on your study material than if you simply review it alone.

How are you staying motivated? Share your strategies in the comments below.


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