Spring is here and before you know it, it will be summer! The end of the school year is on the horizon and finishing the end of the year can be difficult. There’s an overwhelming amount of tests, papers, projects, recitals, presentations, shows and games approaching in the next two months. Coming close to the end of the year is both exciting and intimidating. In these next two months, you’re going to need a lot of diligence. There are many obstacles that get in the way of diligence – here are a few of them and how to best tackle the obstacle:
You’re probably going to be really, really tired. There’s a lot of work at the end of the school year. Plus, if you’re a senior, you have to prepare for graduation and leaving for college. Late night study sessions and caffeinated drinks is the normal approach, but there are some healthier alternatives. Eating healthy, protein-packed foods will help you keep your energy high and your mind alert. Take 15-20 minute naps in the afternoon and over weekends to refresh you. Now that the weather is nice, spend time in the sun, which will replenish Vitamin D and generally lift your spirits, keeping you healthy.
There’s a lot to do and the overwhelming amount of work can block your ability to think. This results in writers block, indecision and complacency. There are many ways to move past this block. If you’re stumped on one project, move onto an easier project. This will keep you productive and when you return to your project, your mind will be fresh. You can also take a short break from work entirely by going for a walk or exercising. Or if time is of the essence, do a short brain activity that is related to your work.
Some of you may not want to finish projects simply because they’re big, and in a subject that is honestly just boring to you. Try studying with a friend who is interested in the subject; interest can be contagious. You can also set up a reward system, like treating yourself to a frappuccino at Starbucks, scrolling through your phone or walking around the block. Segmenting your boring work into 30-minute segments can also make the job more bearable.
Maybe you don’t want to finish a project because the subject is challenging. Not challenging in a good way, but it’s a subject that’s so frustrating that you struggle every time you open the textbook – and it even makes you cry. Approaching a challenging subject is similar to dealing with a boring project. Take it one hour at a time. Reward yourself. Listen to your favorite band or make yourself a healthy protein packed snack as you push through. Work with friends who are gifted in that subject; or friends that you can vent about the project with.
You are so close to the end of the year. Soon, all this work will be behind you and you can enjoy the summer. We want to help keep you motivated to be diligent. Tweet to us @niNeMag with your projects and obstacles and we’ll tweet you back some motivational encouragement! You can do it!