Assess your habits (and adjust them if necessary)
The spring semester allows you to get back into a school prospective with a refreshed mindset, but since winter break is considerably shorter than summer, you’ve got the previous semester’s victories (and failures) right at the forefront of your mind. Use last semester’s experiences to your advantage. Reflect on what habits or life hacks worked in your favor and up your game during the spring semester by discarding the ones that were not conducive to your goals. Your levels of productivity and motivation boil down to what habits you are fostering in your daily life.
Create and commit to a tentative weekly agenda
A habit you should incorporate into your life beyond the spring semester is creating a flexible weekly study agenda that will hold you accountable for getting your shit done. First things first, let’s go over how to make a tentative agenda:
- At the beginning of each week, assess your due dates and jot them down.
- Create a daily plan of what you’re going to study and what tasks you want to complete.
When putting together your daily goals, be realistic. If you put too much on your plate, you will burn yourself out. Include personal tasks like working out, journaling, or catching up on your favorite TV show. Obviously, some things cannot be planned, like having to stay late at work or last minute spur of the moment dinner plans with friends. Nevertheless, be sure you leave time in the day to complete that day’s designated tasks.
After you’ve put together your weekly agenda, hold yourself accountable to it. There is no magic formula to accountability – it comes down to how dedicated you are to accomplishing your goals and being productive.
Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
Friends make the best accountability partners. If you are building relationships with people who have similar goals, they will keep you in check throughout the hectic spring semester. Take this advice with a grain of salt though; an essential part of college is exploring new things and meeting people who diverse interests.
If your friends are constantly flaking on study dates, skipping class, and forgoing the gym, you will like most likely pick up those habits as the spring semester progresses.
Having a like-minded circle of friends does not mean they have to come from the same background as you, agree with you on everything, and practically be your carbon copy. Just make sure they are trying to achieve their own personal goals and that they are supportive of yours.
Don’t let a bad day snowball into a bad week
You can bullet journal or plan and put together detailed vision boards, but nothing can stop an inevitable bad mental health day when your productivity levels hit rock bottom. You are human and you will get distracted. You will forget a due date. You will have crappy group project members who stick you with all of the work. Nevertheless, do not let it deter you from your endgame.