We’re half way through the year and it is almost time to say goodbye to the first semester of 2019. What even?! Whether you’ve got a couple of assessments left or your exams are coming in hot, it’s important to stay focused and keep on top of your busy schedule.
I’ve just submitted my last group assessment and am gearing up for a 25 minute presentation to finish off the semester. For me, staying positive this time of year is integral to my mental health and productivity.
Here are my top four ways to get the most out of the end of semester.
Make a study plan, and stick to it
As you already know, no one is there to hold your hand through university. You’ve got to plan your time effectively and leave yourself enough time to get assessments started, finished and submitted. Whether you work better digitally or with a pen and paper, ensuring that you look ahead and leave time for things like referencing, studying for exams or practicing your speeches.
Keep it simple and assume you can’t get everything done, so keeping tasks in a list of priorities ensures that the most essential tasks are completed.
Get enough sleep
Everyone knows that life isn’t great with limited sleep, but many of us sacrifice sleep first when deadlines are tight. You know what your body needs and how much sleep you require so make it a top priority to get enough snooze time.
It can also be really beneficial to allow yourself to work when you’re most productive. As much as I try to be a morning person, I’ll never work better than when that burst of energy comes post midnight - it’s just who I am. While I’m not suggesting all nighters are the best option, especially for those of us working 9-5, but it is really important to listen to our bodies and not fight against the tide.
Chat to others
When there’s a lot going on and there’s not even a few minutes to spare ourselves, it is easy to make excuses, cancel plans and stay in our own little bubble. It is easy to feel alone and this time will move incredibly quickly, so it is important to give yourself permission to see friends, family and even chat to strangers. It can do a world of wonders to get out of your own head, laugh a little and concentrate on something other than deadlines.
Give yourself something to look forward to
Whether it’s a night away with friends, a new Netflix show you’ve been meaning to watch or even a nice winter coat you’ve been saving for - giving yourself a reward for finishing the semester successfully is a great way to keep yourself on track. The reward will feel well deserved and subconsciously, may even push you to perform better to get over the line.
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