It’s pretty much a fact that the closer to the end of the term you get, the more your motivation for schoolwork quickly dwindles. It also doesn’t help that the weather is quickly warming up, so getting lost in daydreams about summer vacation is basically a given. So, how can you possibly pull through the rest of the semester with as much motivation as you started with? It’s tough, but we’ve got some tips that’ll help you out.
Don’t make summer break your end goal.
Here’s what will instantly kill your motivation: Having the mindset that you still have to get through the rest of the term before you can finally relax and enjoy summer. Using summer break as your end goal when it’s still a ways off can end up backfiring on you. Who says you can’t have some fun and relaxation now? Sure you’ve still got work to do, but don’t forget about the weekends, or even between classes. Start planning some fun-in-the-sun activities you can enjoy on your free time now, so that it doesn’t feel like a waiting game until summer.
Incorporate the nice weather into your day.
Now, we definitely don’t think you should only enjoy the nice weather over the weekends. Think about it…How often are you tempted to skip class or put off studying because you’d much rather head outdoors than stay cooped up in the library studying? That’s why we think it’s worth finding ways to enjoy the weather while you’re knocking important responsibilities out of the way — like finding a nice shaded tree you can study under.
Form a study group.
We mentioned before that the temptation to put off studying is ridiculously high this time of year. That’s why it helps having a group of friends you regularly study with — an end-of-semester support group, if you will. When you’re committing to an entire group rather than just yourself, you’re less likely to start making excuses and slacking off.
Keep a “to-do” list.
There’s definitely a sense of accomplishment that comes with crossing things off of a list. If you were never the type to use to-do lists before, now is a great time to give them a shot. Not only will it keep you on track with all of your responsibilities, but that feeling of satisfaction you get after knocking another task off your list will motivate you to keep going.
Take advantage of your most productive time of day.
Some people thrive best when they get their responsibilities out of the way first thing in the morning so they can relax the rest of the day. Others enjoy the peace and quiet of late-night study sessions when most of the world is sleeping. When you’re feeling unmotivated, it’s important that you hone in on the time of day you typically feel most productive.
How are you staying motivated? Share your advice in the comments below!