The time has come – Winter Reading Week is almost here, and with it comes a reprieve from the daily university routine. However, it also comes at a time when we might find ourselves more behind on our work than ever, and if you find that your procrastination is at an all-time high, you are not alone. At this point in the winter semester, it can be easy to lose focus of where we want to be at the end of the academic year – but there are ways to re-align ourselves with our goals, and get ourselves back on track.
Stick to the plan: And this plan could be a to-do list, study schedule, and the like. Whether you’ve got a study schedule from the fall that you might not have looked at in a while, or you’re motivated to start one from scratch, creating a plan and sticking to it is key to keeping on track with our commitments. Reaching your goals, be they academic or otherwise, becomes easier when they’re broken down into smaller and more manageable steps.
Take a break: So you’ve created a schedule, and you’re determined to stick to it no matter what – but it is just as important to schedule breaks too. How you define them is up to you, but whether it means taking short breaks throughout a busy and productive day, or taking a few days just to focus on yourself, ensure that you take breaks in order to keep yourself motivated and avoid burnout.
Enjoy the winter festivities: For some, this may seem completely oxymoronic – winter is cold, why would I go outside? But taking a deep (yet admittedly cold) breath of fresh air can provide a welcome alternative to the work that has to get done. Ottawa is renowned for its winter events, so Reading Week is a great time to explore all that the city has to offer – but if going outside in the cold is not your style, staying indoors to watch the Winter Olympics is an option too.
While Reading Week is a great time to rest, recharge, and practice self-care, it can also be a great time to start fresh and recommit yourself to all the important parts of your life, academic and otherwise. So if you’ve got midterms and assignments due Monday morning, or if you’ve got the whole break to relax, there are plenty of ways to stay focused and prioritized during the Winter Break.
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