by Laura Peill, Peer Learning Assistant
Exams are coming up, and in this last crunch time, it almost seems appealing to let things slide a little and procrastinate a little more. After all, with those dreaded finals around the corner, it is inevitable that the work will have to get done, so why not leave it for a few extra weeks?
The truth is there is a HUGE difference! Keeping yourself ahead now will mean keeping yourself sane during exams, and will ensure you can get through them as successfully as possible.
As you find yourself struggling to focus and keep pushing through, look for new and unique ways to motivate yourself to get you through this last little stretch.
Below are five seasonal tips for motivation that are perfect to pull out at this time of year as you become less and less interested in studying and more and more interested in holiday cheer . . .
1) Take twenty minutes to make a holiday card for someone, and write a motivational message inside. You will motivate yourself and somebody else at the same time.
2) Eat a clementine, slowly enjoying it segment by segment. Such a healthy choice and just a subtle enough reminder of Christmas lurking around the corner, and the need to get through all the work first!
3) Bundle up warmly and go outside for a walk. The fresh air will energize you, wake you up and leave you feeling refreshed enough to return to the books.
4) Play your favourite holiday song: SMILE and DANCE! Getting your body active will re-activate your brain!
After all, who doesn’t feel a new surge of motivation and energy after such happy songs?
5) Indulge in a piece of holiday chocolate! The stores are filled with lots of good selections. Savour each bite slowly, and as you do, remind yourself of the progress you have made so far, pat yourself on the back and then use that as motivation to push you forward.
Happy studying and remember to give yourself an even bigger piece of chocolate as your reward when everything is finally finished. It will taste even better than the one before!