How to Stay Motivated and Finish the Semester Strong

Now that we are getting closer to the end of the semester, the finish line is in sight. However, burnout is also a part of getting so far into this semester especially with COVID-19. Even though finishing this semester may seem like it's one of the hardest to do, here are some ways to stay motivated and finish this semester strong. 

  1. 1. Schedule Time to Do Your Work

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    If you give yourself a specific time during the day to do your schoolwork you are more likely to actually get something done throughout the day. It's a great way to keep yourself from doing other things all day and waiting to do your work late at night. Scheduling time to do your work will also help to avoid procrastination. If you procrastinate and all your assignments pile up at once it will be harder to feel motivated to get your work done. 

  2. 2. Get Out of Your Room

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    Now that the weather is warmer, it's the perfect time to get outside and get some fresh air. Getting sunlight is an amazing way to boost your mood. It's a great idea to go study outside or even just take a walk to get in a better headspace. 

  3. 3. Spend Time with Friends 

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    Spending time with friends is such a great way to take your mind off of assignments and exams and recharge. When with friends you can also talk about the stress of finishing out the semester and receive encouragement. It's also a great way to know that you are not the only one feeling burnout from this semester. Not only that, but it is also so important not to forget to take time to have fun. 

  4. 4. Study Dates

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    Having a study date is an amazing way to make sure that there's someone holding you accountable for blocking out time for studying. It's also a great way to spend time with a friend while also getting some work done in a new setting. Getting out of your room to study and having new scenery may help you focus better. 

  5. 5. Give Yourself Time to Relax 

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    Doing too much without giving yourself the time to rest is one of the quickest ways to give yourself burnout. Make sure that you are giving yourself the time to relax and unwind. Do what relaxing means to you whether that's cooking, sleeping, watching your favorite movie, or reading a book. 

  6. 6. Take Time for Your Hobbies 

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    A lot of times we feel unproductive when we aren't doing school work so we don't take time for our hobbies. Perfecting your hobbies is something that will make you feel accomplished and in turn, make you happier. The happier you are, the more you'll be able to motivate yourself to finish the semester. 

  7. 7. Plan Things for the Summer

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    Having something to look forward to will help motivate you to get to the finish line. If you can start planning trips or events with your family and friends it's an amazing way to have something on your calendar to be excited about. Also shopping for summer clothes will also put you in a great mood you can never go wrong with retail therapy. 

  8. 8. Treat Yourself 

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    If you've gotten this far into the semester you definitely deserve to treat yourself. Do something that is just for you and makes you feel good. Whether that's a self-care night, going to your favorite restaurant, or just getting your nails done. Treat yourself for how far you've come and treat yourself because you already know that you're going to finish the semester strong. 

I hope that this encourages you to find ways to motivate yourself to finish the semester. Good luck with the rest of the semester!