Finally, the end of the year has come and it’s time for winter break, one of the longest breaks from school we take each year. During this time, some people choose to spend time with loved ones and travel. This is a particularly expensive time of year for those who buy gifts for family members, friends, coworkers, and significant others. By the end, you’re winded from the chaos the season brings, but also sad it went by so quickly.
Now, a month or so later, the second semester is creeping back up on you. You’re already dreading your classes and can’t wait for summer. You feel lazy and don’t know how to get back on track with school. Here are some tips to help.
Get (and Use) a Calendar
Calendars are fantastic when it comes to getting organized. I highly recommend a physical calendar versus using your phone. Sometimes phones can glitch and you may not get a reminder you set, or you will forget and not pay attention. Plus, physically writing something down will help you remember better. Putting a calendar somewhere you look often, such as next to a mirror, the door to your dorm or bathroom, your bed, or closet, will help keep it in eye’s view. Write important dates down in bright colors so you can see it regularly.
Go to Bed Early
It’s very tempting to stay up past midnight, but getting enough sleep is crucial to your overall physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep will have you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day.
Same as sleep, exercise helps you mentally. It’s a great way to clear your mind and relax. You don’t have to run ten miles or lift heavy weights. Find something you enjoy, whether it’s yoga, kickboxing, swimming, or dance. If you find something you enjoy, you are more likely to stick with it. As you become more active, you will notice a positive change in your energy.
What goals are you working towards? Why are you in college? How close are you to graduating? Reminding yourself of your goals is a great way to keep you on track.
Group up With Friends
Your friends are most likely feeling the exact same way you are. Talk to them about it and hold each other accountable for getting focused on school again.
Have New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions might be cliché, and you may even laugh at people who have them. A lot of people make a list of resolutions and only complete a couple or none at all. That’s okay. Just the act of writing a list of hopes for the new year will help motivate you and get you focused on doing and being better.
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