It’s that time of the year where everything feels a little too routine, the sky is more grey than not and its just generally harder to get out of bed. But the work doesn’t stop! Of course, this is my experience, but at school right now, homework, projects and papers are just piling up. And I don’t feel like doing them. However, I have to if I want to keep my grades up. Here are some things I’ve tried that do work or don’t.
My immediate response to work I don’t want to do is to do everything else. Go on YouTube, go on my phone, FaceTime my friends, and if I’m really desperate, clean my room. But the problem is that I’m substituting fun things for the things I have to do, and then I waste all my time. Instead, I schedule in the time for fooling around. I’ll study for an hour, have a fifteen minute dance break, then study some more. It helps me focus when I have to but also do things I’d rather be doing.
It can feel really unmotivating when you have a lot of work to do and the end isn’t clear. So, giving yourself little rewards throughout the process is helpful. When you finish the math assignment, you can go on your phone. When you edit this paper, then you can have a little chocolate. Of course, if you reward yourself too much, it becomes less of a “get-things-done” sesh and more of a “I’m-just-eating-chocolate-while-scrolling-through-Instagram” sesh.
… don’t work. If I don’t get up from my desk for a while, even if it’s just to refill my water, my brain gets really slow and my energy really dips. So move around a little, or a lot. Dance parties, working out, walks (to the kitchen or around the block) are all helpful and help your brain out a lot. It might not seem like a big step, but it’s more useful than you’d think.