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10 Tips for Staying Motivated this Semester

Charmaine Lim
Student Writer

It’s your second semester of year, and all you want is for summer to roll around. Here are some tips on how you can stay motivated for a few more weeks.

 

  1. Create a motivational environment.

Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and decorate your walls with quotes that push you in all the right ways.

 

  1. Make a vision board.

Make a collage of your goals and put it somewhere you can easily see it. It doesn’t have to be big or extravagant, it just has to be right for you.

 

  1. Follow a motivational person on social media.

Sometimes, all you need is to see someone else working hard to get yourself started. Vloggers like Lilly Singh are great sources of motivation to get you through the week.

 

  1. Leave yourself little encouraging notes.

Print out encouraging pictures to leave them for yourself as you flip through textbooks and planners.

 

  1. Emergency dance party.

Blast some music and dance! You might just need a break to motivate you.

 

  1. Create short-term goals that you can achieve during the semester.

Crossing small things off a list can be more motivating than you realize, like staying awake in chapel.

 

  1. Take time to understand that motivation comes from you, and you need to fuel it.

Give yourself a pep talk in the mirror. Stare at pictures of your goal. At the end of the day, you’re the best person to motivate yourself.

 

  1. Visit Adi at the Engle Center.

Petting a cute dog might motivate you enough to work hard to afford a dog of your own in the future.

 

  1. Plan something to look forward to at the end of the week.

Plan a movie night with friends, a trip to Baker’s, a date with your S.O., or even a quiet night just by yourself. Think of it as a reward for completing everything on your list this week.

 

  1. Start a weekly countdown until the semester is over.

Nothing feels better than crossing something off a list. If this is the only thing that can get you through the semester, make a big deal about it. Get a giant marker to cross off each week as it passes and watch as you get closer to the end. You’ve got this!

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