The start of a new semester is an exciting time, but the lull that comes after midterms is the opposite: homework is starting to pile up, it’s hard to feel energized, and finals are still in the distant future. There’s still so much school left! But don’t fear—there are ways to stay engaged, energized, and even excited about the weeks to come. Here’s 5 ways to stay focused for the rest of the semester:
1. Set small, achievable goals
If the only goal you have this semester is to pass your classes, then you might have a hard time getting motivated. Why? Because finals are still far away. Instead, set smaller, more frequent goals. Like getting your homework done before the weekend starts! Setting goals like this gives you achievable benchmarks. Better yet, smaller goals means the task at hand never feels insurmountable.
2. Practice time-management
Everyone has a tired or lazy side, but don’t let it take control of your life! During the second half of the semester, it’s especially important to practice time-management, which will help you avoid spending too much time surfing the internet, watching TV, or playing video games. That isn’t to say you should avoid leisure activities. Instead, budget your fun the same way you budget your money. That way you’ll always have the time you need to sleep and study.
3. Get involved
Look for ways to spice up your academic calendar by joining a new club, practicing a new sport, going to the gym more often, or even finding social ways to study—book groups, for example. Otherwise, you risk falling into a boring routine of class and homework, which makes it difficult to get energized and work hard for the rest of the semester.
4. Go to class
It’s easy to preach, but harder to practice. Still, going to class is perhaps the single best way to stay engaged in your education. Do whatever it takes to get out of the bed in the morning: drink coffee, set an alarm, or even ask your roommate to wake you up.
5. Reward yourself
You’ve already made it halfway through the semester. That means there’s only half more to go before winter break! Step back, relax, and take a little time to celebrate how far you’ve come—whether that means taking a day off to hang out with friends or even just to sit on your couch and read a book of your own choosing. The point here is to let all the stress out of your body and have some fun. You can gear up and get back to work tomorrow.