- Plan your next day the night before.
Instead of waking up to an overwhelming blob of “what-do-I-do-with-this-mess”, you can be motivated to accomplish the tasks you set out to do.
- Schedule downtime for yourself.
Your options are: a) try to cram everything into your schedule and end up accidentally scrolling through Facebook for two hours out of prolonged stress, or b) schedule 30 to 60-minute blocks of work with 20-minute guilt-free breaks in-between.
- Drink tea while working.
Coffee’s good too, but too much caffeine can get you hyped up so much that it adds to your stress. Plus, look how good tea looks in pictures like this. It’s all over Pinterest.
- Take care of your body.
For some reason students like to brag about the amount of physical toll they’re taking for the sake of their grades. “I’m on, like, four red bulls.” “Six hours of sleep in the last three days! Wooh!” You know what’s really bragging rights? Learning how to get the job done while getting seven hours of sleep a night and exercise at least three times a week. You’ll be unstoppable.
(Is she eating pizza? Yes. Yes, it seems she is. But look how many veggies are on that thing.)
- Don’t stress too much over Christmas.
If your aunt’s present is going to be late, it’s going to be late. You won’t lose a family member over it.
- Remember why you’re doing it.
Maybe you’re putting in extra hours to save up for a new car. Maybe you’re replacing social time with homework to get your dream degree. Remember how your tasks relate to your goals—it makes accomplishing them much more enjoyable.