It’s going to be spring time soon and as it gets warmer, it becomes harder to concentrate on what’s important, like school work. Flowers start to bloom, you’re able to wear shorts again, and the weather is getting better for doing activities outside. The last place you would like to be is inside studying for finals and it gets harder to concentrate on the work you need to do when all you want to do is relax. It can be hard and I definitely struggle with this around this time every year. However, here are a few ways to get through the last part of the term when the weather starts to get nice.
1. Study Outside
First, when you have the time to study, you can always study outside. Being inside can be boring at times, especially when you don’t have to hide from the awful cold weather anymore, so changing your atmosphere is a good way to keep focused. Plus, you won’t be missing the good weather if you choose to study outside. Also, being in the sun may help you feel a little better.
2. Make Fun a Reward
Secondly, if there is something happening like a fair or a concert during the spring, try to make it your reward for doing a certain amount of school work, like a project or a big final paper. You will still be able to get all of the work done, and have the opportunity to do fun activities with your friends without it getting in the way of important priorities.
Realize that just because it’s spring, does not mean that you can stop putting in effort. This is especially true when it comes to people who are graduating. Even if you know that you’ll be leaving school in a couple of weeks, you still want to finish strong and make it feel like all of the effort you put in over the past few years was worth it. Plus if you put in the work now, it may help you down the line so that you’re not in trouble in terms of repeating classes or anything like that.
3. Enjoy Yourself
Try not to over study and make sure to take breaks. Yes, you want to do the best work possible, but taking a 10 minute walk outside or just taking a breather can really help your brain and give you the best possible grades.
4. Be Held Accountable
Have an accountability partner. There are many people in the world who can push themselves on their own and keep up their motivation in order to do their best work. I, however, am not one of those people. I tend to slack off if there isn’t someone there to push me a little bit, so having that person can just make sure that you’re staying on top of it. Also, you could do the same for them and that might help with your motivation too.
5. Get a List Going
Finally, if this helps, make lists. I am the type of person that if I don’t have a list in hand, I can go a bit crazy. Having a list and checking it off is a good way for me to do a “count down” of sorts, so I know how many weeks I have left and how many big projects I may need to spend more time on. That way, I’m not counting down day by day but I also feel time going by. Doing this also helps me plan ahead such as, getting work done ahead of time so I don’t have to do anything over spring break, or just so I don’t fall behind when I’m already feeling pretty unmotivated.
I know with spring coming around, it’s hard to want to really do anything school related. However, if you continue to push yourself and find new ways that will make it a little easier on you, you can get through the term and will feel a ton better once you get to that 3-4 month summer break.