The Fall Reading Break is finally upon us! Which means that now’s the time to catch up on coursework, as well as anticipate the remainder of the semester; however, it can still be hard to stay motivated. Speaking from experience, the following tips have helped me stay focused and maintain balance during this time of year.
- Staying organized: Taking a break from classes means that a large portion of your week frees up, and without classes and other commitments, it helps to create a schedule for everything – and I mean everything. When creating a schedule, make sure you account for any coursework you want to do, but don’t forget to schedule your breaks as well! Being mentally prepared to study starts with feeling physically prepared, and that comes by making sure you’re well rested in between your periods of productivity.
- Taking advantage of campus resources: One of many excellent resources that Carleton provides us Ravens during Fall Break is the chance to study at the library, either individually in the shared study spaces, or with a group in a study room. Visiting the library is a great way to motivate yourself to study, and during Fall Break your chances of securing a fantastic study spot are even greater.
- Having snacks: Staying nourished is key to being motivated, whether you enjoy lots of fruits and veggies, or if Halloween candy is more your speed, give yourself a study treat! Snacks give you the energy, and consequently the motivation, to complete any task big or small.
- Going outside: Fall is in full swing, and now is the best time to take advantage of the pleasant weather and beautiful scenery outdoors. If you find that this kind of weather inspires you to work, a walk outside can be a great way to jumpstart a productive day. Otherwise, if you’ve had a long day and need to unwind, what better way to do so than to take a walk, smell some flowers, and take a breath of fresh air?
- Taking a break (or two): While Fall Break is a great time to do all the things you have to do, it’s also the best time to do the things you want to do! Haven’t spent time with friends in a while? Now is a great time to plan a hangout. Need some self-care to help unwind before classes start again? Try to take a day or two out of your schedule to just focus on you. At the end of the day, it is crucial to feel mentally, physically, and emotionally at rest in order to help make that transition back into the classroom a smooth one.
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