As the leaves change colors and the temperatures cool down, the signs that summertime is over and school is in full swing are apparent all around us. Just as fast as the weather seems to change in State College, our mindsets tend to shift as well. As midterms take place and Thanksgiving break is on the horizon, it can be easy to lose all motivation for school work and productivity.
At the beginning of each semester, in one way or another, we set goals for the upcoming year. Whether it’s to get our grades up, develop a workout routine or anything in between, when we lose motivation, we tend to forget about our original goals and how we planned the semester would go.
Taking time to sit down and re-asses the progress you are making on certain goals can help to kick start a second wave of motivation. There’s still so much time in the semester to get into good habits and finish strong. As the saying goes, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!
Take YOU Time!
In a realm of classes, studying, club meetings, football games and all that a new fall semester has to offer, it can be so easy to let self care slip through the roof. In fact, it’s often the last thing on our minds when all we can think about is upcoming exams and tailgate plans.
Taking time for yourself is key to having a successful semester, or even just for life in general. Self care doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. Simple things such as watching an episode of your favorite TV show, making yourself a nice dinner or buying flowers to spice up your dorm or apartment can make a world of a difference. If you have trouble setting aside time for this, consider actually blocking out a half hour or more each day in your calendar.
Nothing is possible without the support of those you love! If you are having trouble staying motivated, you certainly don’t have to feel this way alone. Find a workout buddy or grab a group of friends and hit the library, because anything is better with a friend or two. As much as you can encourage and motivate your friends, you’ll likely see the same thing in return.
Find a Purpose
When we find things we are passionate about daily, they can motivate us to want to take on the day even stronger. If you wake up in the morning and know you have something to look forward to, it can turn a regular Tuesday in November into an amazing one. Joining a club that allows you to do something you are passionate about is a great way to start.
We all start each semester with motivation, but sometimes, we just need a little bit of inspiration to remind ourselves why we are here and why we do what we do. As difficult as it can be sometimes, it’s important to finish the semester just as a strong as we start.