I’m finally wrapping up my back-to-school posts, since most of you guys are already back in school. If you haven’t gone back yet, enjoy the rest of your summer. I am completely jealous if you are still on summer break because I am starting my third week of school already! I know finding motivation for school in the beginning of the year is super hard because you’re still in that summer mood. I have decided to help you guys out with some tips!
1. Make Lists
You can’t really get anywhere if you don’t see what you have to do. Having a list is highly beneficial because you know exactly what you need to do, when to do it, and how long you will have. Without lists, you won’t know exactly what you have to do, and you will end up getting sidetracked. Also, it is always motivating to see when you have crossed things out.
2. Use Mood Boards or Pinterest to Your Advantage
If you don’t have things to motivate you, how are you going to get things done? I have motivational quotes in front of my desk to help me power through those rough, late nights. I will also find myself going on Pinterest (for motivation, not procrastination), and I will find mood boards and great quotes. You can make a mood board to fit your aesthetic, to inspire you, or both! It’s your choice!
3. Positive Thoughts
Personally, positive thinking is really hard for me. I’m one of those people that see the glass as being half empty than half full. Negative thinking can sometimes get me unmotivated, which results in me not doing my homework one night, and then I am scrambling the next morning, trying to get everything together. Remember to stay positive, and get everything done!
4. Study with a Buddy
When I say study with a buddy, this means actually studying, and not catching up on the latest trends or news of your school. Grab a friend who you like enough to study with, but won’t completely distract you! Also, you guys will be able to share study tips, and if you have a question, you always have someone to help you!
5. Get out of the Same Area
There is a local coffee shop in my city that is unofficially officially the high school study area. The atmosphere is quite cozy, but not cozy enough that you would fall asleep. I find myself being able to get a lot more work done at a library or a coffee shop than I would in my own house. Don’t forget to change up the location a bit! Most likely, it will give you a boost of energy and motivation if you are in an environment where everyone is working.
6. Sleep is Important
Pulling an all-nighter studying is really not going to help you ace the test the next day. You might think studying all night could help you, but your brain isn’t retaining any of the information, and you’re just going to be even more clueless the next morning. It is better for you to get some rest, but wake up earlier to study because your brain will be way more refreshed!
7. Take Breaks
When you take a break, make sure it doesn’t exceed over 15 minutes. Take a 5-15-minute break every hour or so. This way, your brain won’t be completely exhausted, and you will be able to catch up on any important news you might have missed.
8. Turn Your Phone Off
If I want to hardcore study, I will put my phone on the other side of my room. I do this because I know I don’t want to get up every five minutes to get my phone, so I would just rather check it when I take a break. If for some reason, you want to keep your phone beside you, turn it off completely. Do Not Disturb is not that helpful because the moment you just pick up your phone to check the time, you will be eight pages deep on Instagram, 30 minutes later.
9. Plan Your Future
Whether you are planning for college, or for the week ahead, it is always better to plan ahead. I always plan my week during the weekends, so I have a sense of what I will be doing throughout the week!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope these tips can help you guys out, whether you use them in the beginning of the year, or the end of the year. I will have one more school related post after this, then all blogs will be back to normal! I have a little trip coming up, so expect some travel blogs!