Ways to Stay Motivated

1) Make a list of the goals you want to accomplish by the end of the year

Yes, it is almost 2017 but there is still so much time to achieve your goals and objectives. The first step to completing a goal is to write it down and understand how much work must go into reaching it. Some goals may require a little work every day, once a week or maybe just monthly. But in order for you to take that one step closer to attaining your goal, you must consistently be working toward it. 

To keep your motivation and drive, have your goals in mind and the steps you should be taking to achieve them. For example, if you want to get a certain GPA by the end of the fall semester, figure out what grades you need to get in each of your classes to hit that GPA. Once you determine the letter grades you want to get, talk to your teachers and tell them your goals and concerns for the class. Teachers love to hear your passion for learning and willingness to work hard. 

Goal-setting is such a crucial part of growth and success. By making goals and plans to accomplish these goals, you’re giving yourself long-term and short-term motivation. Goal setting refocuses your brain to help you make the most of your resources and time, allowing for a wonderful and proactive life. 

2) Take the time to destress and rejuvenate 

It's about that time of year when you're just starting to get back your recent midterms and are beginning new material and preparing for future tests. With a little more time on your hands now, it's a perfect time to unwind and recharge! 

A big step to staying on top of your work load is making sure to give yourself the time to relax. It's also very important to reward yourself for your hard work whether it be work in the classroom, gym or work, it's critical that you acknowledge the work you've put in. Take the time to have an extra-long pampering shower or bath. Try that new restaurant or workout class you've been eyeing. Do something creative and artsy, make a fun Pinterest recipe or make a dream board! Treat yourself while preparing yourself for the next couple months of school. One of the biggest mistakes people make is forgetting to take the time to relax. Remember to pace yourself and enjoy the journey!

3) Stay organized and ahead of schedule 

While you're recharging and getting back into your grove, continue to stay on top and ahead of your schedule. When you have spare time in the beginning of the week, try and accomplish things little by little. The earlier you begin projects, the stronger the project will be and the less stressed you will be.

4) Push through!! 

There really isn't that much time until Thanksgiving break -- and even Christmas break -- so push through! These last couple of months are key parts to determining how you want to end your first semester or quarters.