Staying Motivated Mid-Semester

Staying Motivated Mid-Semester

Avoiding the dreaded burnout.

I know you're probably laying in bed chowing down the cheese-its and loading your new show on Netflix that you finally decided on. You have two exams in the next week, a research paper and a group project that you haven't started. Yet, here you are. Along with the majority of burnt out college students. But come on guys, we can do better than this. Don't give up hope, the Semester can still be salvaged, here's how to do so.

1. Plan Activities to Look Forward to As a Reward

Squad night out if you get all your work done on Wednesday? Girls day for brunch and manicures? Curling up in bed reading your favorite book? Plan any little thing that you can look forward to doing after you have completed your work, and you'll be that much more motivated to get all your work done.

2. Take an Entire Day to Get Yourself Organized

Organize everything. Even if being that OCD neat freak isn't your typical forte. Organize your receipts, your utensil drawer, the back of your closet. Organize your emails. Get rid of everything you can. This might sound crazy, but I promise, you will feel lighter.

3. Relax And Don't Feel Guilty For it

Plan a night each week completely for yourself. Do a mud mask, exfoliate your skin, paint your nails, light a candle and read a book. Pamper yourself, you deserve it. Having some time to recollect your thoughts will help you to continue to focus.

4. Schedule Out Your Assignments For the Rest of The Semester

Planning this ahead may seem overwhelming, but having a clear plan of what you should be working on and when, will cause you a lot less stress to come.

5. Set New Goals And Reassess

Even though it isn't the beginning of the semester you can still get back on track with any goals you may be lagging on. See where you are with the goals you made in September, and see if these are goals you still want to continue, or if you want to, go ahead and make some new goals. Making new goals will get you excited to finish the semester strong.

6. Evaluate Where You are in Your Classes-you can still salvage falling grades

Continuously check your grades. We all avoid looking at them from time to time (just like our bank accounts). But this is the last chance you have to see where you stand and do something about it. If you are behind you can still go see your professor and really focus on the rest of the assignments for the semester. But you can only do this if you know how you're doing in your class.

8. Make Sure You Still Go To Class

I know. It's hard. Nothing bad will immediately happen if you don't go. You can totally sleep in. You can totally have three more glasses of wine and be hungover instead of going to that 8 a.m. But don't. I know you want to, but please don't. You are wasting so much money just by missing one class. Everyone is getting up and doing it, and it is your responsibility to do so too. By going to class you'll feel less behind and therefore less overwhelmed by the semester. I promise you can do it.

9. Reconnect with people You Haven't Been Able to See

There are so many truly amazing people we meet in college, and unfortunately life gets in the way and we fall out of touch with these people. Please, please make the time to see them. You will feel so incredibly full by reconnecting with old relationships and will thus feel re-inspired for the semester.

11. Seek Help and Support if Needed

It is OKAY to need help. It is OKAY to be stressed out or have problems. We can not do everything alone, and that is OKAY. Getting help will enable you to fulfill all aspects of your life more successfully.

12. Know Your Perfect Study Space and Use it

Focusing is hard. Okay, maybe putting your phone away and turning off the group chat is near impossible. But there are certain places where we feel we are in work mode. Wether it be the library, or that cafe in the center of town. Use these spots often, as you will associate them with getting work done.

13. Plan Exact Study Times Like Appointments and Stick to it

Would you choose to study when you could binge watch the new season of American Horror Story of Netflix? Or eat the entire sleeve of Oreos in the kitchen? Probably not. By planning exact study times of what you will study, when and where, you are able to stick to this promise with yourself.

14. Stop Sleeping in

You know you aren't doing anything productive after midnight. So go to bed and get up early. You might not be a morning person, but by getting up early you can focus on the work that you need to get done. You will have a significant amount of more time in the day as compared to those that are sleeping in.

15. Spend Time Around Positive Influences

As good as it is to have friends who are entertaining and fun, it is also so important to surround ourselves with those that motivate us and keep us going. That friend that makes you excited to go out on Thursday should also make you feel proud about what you have achieved and urge you to keep going.

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20 Things That Will Make You Happy

Is there anything better than a book and a cup of tea?

Every once in a while, we could all use a little extra dose of happiness. Sometimes you get it by talking to a friend, maybe saying a prayer, or participating in an activity that you enjoy. There is also another way that you can remind yourself of all the blessings that life has to offer and that is by simply making a list. With the semester well-underway at this point, it is safe to say that most of us are slipping back into that school routine, which can leave us walking around like zombies just trying to make it from one day to the next. Whenever I feel myself being overtaken by this state I like to remind myself of all the good and happy things there are in this world.

1. Warm, sunny days

I know it's winter... but the thought it nice!

2. A good book.

Is there anything better than a book and a cup of tea?

3. Dancing in your kitchen.

It fixes everything!

4. Positive people.

It is nice to know someone is always cheering you on.

5. Spending time outdoors.

Being out in nature is one of the best forms of therapy!

6. City lights.

We've all witnessed that view of a breathtaking city that is lit up at night!

7. It's 2018!

Maybe you love the energy that surrounds a new year, and maybe you stay away from anything that has to do with the "new year, new you" mentality. Regardless, it is a new year and you here!

8. Singing your favorite song... in the car... with the windows down.

Anyone else love to sing The Proclaimer's I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) like they on How I Met Your Mother?

9. Funny YouTube videos.

We all have that one video that never fails to leave us in tears!

10. A good quote.

There are lots of them, but I'm talking about the one that speaks directly to you.

11. A killer music playlist!

It has all your favorite jams.

12. Stargazing.

Grab a blanket and count how many shooting stars you see.

13. A delicious cup of coffee

Without a doubt this is the best way to start your morning!

14. Unplugging from the rest of the world.

Disconnect from the online world. Watch the sunset, enjoy the sunshine, talk to your friends in person.

15. Snow covered mountains.

One of the prettiest sights in nature!

16. Cake.

One of life's greatest blessings.

17. A cozy blanket.

One of the best feelings is getting home after a long day and snuggling up on the couch in your favorite blanket watching your favorite movie.

18. A bouquet of flowers.

They brighten up a room.

19. A cheeseburger and fries.

It's everyone's favorite food.

20. Your friends.

These are the people who are always by your side.

Need a little more happiness? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series!
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I Asked 10 People What Their Biggest Regret In Life Is

When you bring peace to your past, you can move forward with your future.

As a lover of life, it is important to establish why reflecting on regret is beneficial for the mind and soul. Part of becoming a happy, fulfilled person is accepting both your past and how it changed you into the person you are now. True self-acceptance shows in the moment you realize peace cannot co-exist with war.

Happiness can only exist in acceptance.

I asked 10 people what their biggest regret in life is and how it has affected them.

Disclaimer: names left out for privacy reasons.

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"There was a time in my life where I stopped taking care of myself and giving myself insulin and I basically tried to die; because I couldn't do it anymore."


"Taking the good things in life for granted. Because even though we're still super young and it seems like life's gonna go on forever, people can go away at any time."


"My parents and I did not get along through my first years of high school, and not having a relationship with them is my biggest regret."


"Not treating others with kindness. I went through a long period of my life where I was just unhappy with my environment and conditions and who I was as a person. I would expel all of these negative feelings onto other people by being rude and snappy, and it pushed people away from me. I realized that it was not a constructive way to handle things and that being uplifting, kind, and positive was better. That was the turning point in who I am and what made me into the person I am today."


"Not working hard enough throughout the summer for my sports tryouts, and then not making the team."


"Being so careless with other people's feelings and emotions, and not caring about how my actions would change their lives and relationships with others. If I could just start the year over I would."


"Falling for someone that will never picture the love that I picture for us, and never having the strength to admit it to anyone except for myself."


"Having a relationship in high school because it took too much time away from my real friends and the people who were important to me."


"Lying to myself about why I was happy. I would convince myself that I was happy for the right reason, and then later learn that I was making everything seem like I wanted it to be. I was in a relationship for four months and I always told myself I was happy. As you can imagine, it was the attention I craved. I wanted nothing to do with him."


"Not working as hard as I do now, earlier in life. I realized that I have to work for the things I want."

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Regret is undoubtedly a unique experience for everyone. Different moments, different memories, and different people can spark an image in your mind that can haunt you forever. It is important to reflect and be honest with yourself in order to overcome personal tragedies and grow into the person you desire.

I try to look at my personal regrets as something beautiful. Something that will shape me into a better version of who I am, and not ruin my self image of who I am. It hurts to let go of regret, but sometimes it hurts even more to hold on.

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

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