After a long summer, coming back to campus can be particularly exciting. If only the enthusiasm that comes with a new outfit and notebooks on your first day could last the entire semester.
Well into the first month of school, many of us experience a slump in motivation. With busy schedules and the temptation to watch Netflix, we are all prone to demotivation. Luckily, it can easily be reversed.
Here are 7 ways to spark and maintain your motivation this fall:
1. Be neat.
As convenient as it is to leave your bed unmade and your clothes on the floor, it is a killer for motivation. Being neat makes your everyday life go along a little bit smoother. Especially in a college dorm, where you may be sharing an already small space, it is hard to keep your belongings in order. Make your bed every morning to avoid the temptation of a mid-afternoon nap. Keep your desk clear — this gives you more of a reason to sit at it and do work.
2. Stay active.
Find a way to stay active! Working out is an easy and beneficial escape from classes and schoolwork. It releases endorphins and gives you a mood and motivation boost for the rest of your day. Having a favorite workout routine or class is a great way to incorporate exercise into your weekly schedule.
3. Have a sleep routine.
As amazing as it sounds to sleep in every Tuesday because you don’t have class till 3 pm, it is not great for a motivated day. Waking up every weekday at a somewhat similar time keeps your body and mind regimented. Instead of rolling out of bed 10 minutes before class, wake up early and get your brain working. Being productive before class might leave you in the right mindset to learn.
4. Get a planner.
Being prompt and orderly can also contribute to your motivation. Organize a planner to keep track of deadlines and important events. This will keep you up to date in your own life and aware of what your schedule for the upcoming week should be. Being aware of your time commitments will make your semester go along smoother.
5. Get involved.
Find an activity or join a club that interests you! It is so important to find activities and extracurriculars that suit your interests. Many people on campus join different communities, for example, Greek life. Staying social and doing things that aren’t schoolwork contribute to your overall motivation.
6. Eat healthily.
What you consume plays a vital role in your mood and energy levels. Eating healthily attributes to your motivation and focus. When you can, eat greens and nutrient-dense foods. Also, stay hydrated throughout your day. On a long day of classes, it is a great idea to pack a snack and water bottle. Keeping your energy up will help with your motivation.
7. Find time to RELAX.
College life can be exhausting and it is important to relax once in a while. Motivated people relax too! Find time to unwind, whether it be by watching some Netflix or spending time with friends.
Staying motivated can be tricky in college, especially when there is so much going on. Being organized, efficient, and staying healthy will help you stay your most motivated self! New semester, new me, right?