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Sophia Sikowski

10 Tips to Stay Motivated this Semester

It can be difficult to keep on track during the semester. Here are 10 tips to help keep organized, motivated and feeling your best!

It can be difficult to keep yourself on track when you reach the mid-point in the semester. While it may be challenging, it’s vital to stay motivated and finish the semester strong so you can graduate on schedule and begin your job search.

Staying motivated comes down to keeping yourself well organized and setting clear personal goals. Here are 10 tips to help keep yourself organized, motivated and feeling your best throughout the semester:

1. Take things one day at a time 

While you may have many responsibilities, it’s important to remember not to cram everything into one day. This is not an effective method and can quickly lead to burnout and additional stress. Instead, create a realistic to-do list for yourself each day. This can help you narrow your focus and prioritize your workload.

2. Find a support system

If you can’t find motivation from within, rely on a few people who will encourage you along the way. Family members, friends, academic advisors and professors can all be great resources for support. Sometimes having someone there to listen and act as your cheerleader can give you the motivation you need.

3. Take time for yourself

Setting time aside for yourself each day can help maintain a positive mindset. Find something you enjoy or a relaxing activity to take your mind off of school for a moment. This could be going for a drive, listening to music, journaling or even taking a short nap. Even if it’s only a few minutes each day, taking time for yourself can help prevent burnout.

4. Set goals

Set a list of manageable goals for yourself to work toward throughout the semester. This could be something as simple as finishing a project within a certain time frame or getting a higher score on your next exam. However big or small, write your goals down in an accessible place and check them off as you complete them. Rewarding yourself afterward, even in a small way, can be a helpful technique for holding yourself accountable.

5. Keep a planner

Having a planner can help you visualize your daily, weekly or monthly workload. When everything is written down and organized all in one place, it’s easier to stay on track and keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. Find a few minutes at the beginning of each day or week to schedule study sessions, jot down deadlines, exam dates and more.

6. Avoid focusing on the negatives

When stress runs high, it can be easy to fall into a trap of dwelling on the negatives. Instead of focusing on how stressed you are, concentrate on what you enjoy about school as well as your end goals. Reminding yourself of what’s waiting for you at the finish line can motivate you to keep pushing yourself.

7. Ask for help

As the semester progresses, course material can often become trickier to understand, so if you find yourself feeling confused while studying, ask for help! Your professors and advisors are there for you and you should never feel nervous or embarrassed to ask for help.

8. Exercise

Integrating fitness into your daily or weekly routine is not only good for your body but also your mind. The endorphins released during exercise can improve your headspace and give you a fresh mindset for tackling your assignments.

9. Avoid social media

Social media can be a huge distraction when it comes to studying. Put your phone on silent or turn it off entirely to avoid potential distractions. When working on your computer, close any windows or tabs that don’t relate to what you’re doing.

10. Focus on your future

Through it all, remember why you’re earning your degree in the first place. Consider yourself lucky to be able to chase your dreams and pursue a career in a field you love.

Find which of these tips work best for you and rely on them throughout the semester to help yourself stay motivated and productive.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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