Senioritis is real. Too real. And the funny thing is that, whether you're a senior or not, you have the #senioritis. The last thing I want to do, is study and write papers. BUT, the end is near. So even when we don’t feel like staying productive, we have to keep going.
I always tell myself, ‘I will feel more satisfied when I finish strong.’ Tell yourself whatever you want/need to get you to the finish-line. Do whatever you have to do to make sure that you end the race the way you deserve and the way you want to.
In the meantime, here are some tips to keep you in the race:
Breathe and remind yourself that you’re almost done.
When I countdown the days I have left, the finish-line is more tangible. It’s easier to keep on going and to discipline yourself when you know how much longer you have to do this for.
Make a plan. And stick to it.
I use Google Calendar to coordinate my class schedules, my work schedules, and my side hustles. Once I have a visual plan of what I’m gonna do and when I’m gonna do it, I’m more likely to do the things that I scheduled on doing. That being said, make sure that you schedule your breaks. It’s extremely important to schedule your breaks in so that you can look forward to your breaks and reward yourself.
It’s important to give yourself something to look forward to.
Use The Pomodoro Technique.
I study and live by this study method. If you have never heard of it before, it’s a study method that promises great productivity results. The way it works is that you study for 25 minutes, and then rest for 5 minutes. And you repeat this 3 times before taking a 30 minute break. It allows your mind to rest and you can also play a game with yourself! See how much you can get done in 25 minutes. Make sure you set a timer!
Have a study group.
I am more motivated and productive when I am surrounded by others who are also being productive. This may work for some people and may be disastrous for others, which is why you must choose your group wisely! Sometimes, the best of friends are not great study partners because there is no chance they will focus on the task at hand!
I mentioned this earlier. But having smaller rewards help me tremendously in reaching my goals. Every time I have a quiz, I have a Starbucks Javachip Soy Frappuccino. For every time I have a test, I have ice cream afterwards! It’s important to give yourself something to look forward to.
Do whatever you have to do to make sure that you end the race the way you deserve and the way you want to.
I hope these several steps help you in finishing the school year with a bang! There’s nothing worse than starting the summer off realizing that you didn’t do too hot in your winter semester! Wish you luck!