by Harjot Sangha
It’s that time of year again when the weather is beginning to become warmer and the only thing on our mind is summer. With just five weeks left, many people find it hard to focus and often mentally zone out. Regardless of how much we’d rather be focusing on anything but school, it is important that we finish the semester strong. After a semester of hard work and countless hours of lost sleep, we cannot give up just because the sun is brighter, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blossoming (am I making it worse?). It is vital we make every lost hour worth it. Here are some easy ways that will hopefully help you end the year off on a good note.
Make a to do list
By making a to-do list, a person can clearly see what they have to do. In addition, it can also help prioritize assignments. To-do lists give a sense of self accomplishment to a person as they cross out completed tasks (seriously, frustratingly scratching off assignments is so gratifying).
Cut out distractions
This one is very applicable to me; I find it very hard to study when I stare out the window and see people outside. I always feel like that it is a calling that I should be outside. I find it helpful to find a quiet place where you know you can efficiently study and where none of your friends can find you. I don’t mean that you need to sit in a depressing basement and shut yourself out from the rest of the world; just organize your hardcore studying time and your chilling time.
Motivate and reward yourself
Keep realistic goals in mind and upon completing them, reward yourself. Whether a reward be a walk outside or a cupcake, little things often do help motivate one to do their work.
Even though I suggested cutting out distractions, that does not mean you should not enjoy the weather at all. One way that will help you both enjoy the weather and stay focused is by working out. Do not coop yourself in; it’ll only make you more anxious and less likely to focus.
Always remind yourself of the bigger picture. Why are you even in school? You are here to score your dream job. On the other hand, you may be trying to get into the graduate school of your choice. Always reminding yourself of what your future goals are and what you need to do to get there will help you stay focused. So do not lose sight!
As the clock winds down, please don’t stop the hard work. Utilize your time wisely and don’t allow yourself to become lazy!