Well, it happened. Summer is over and school has started again. So go pick up some supplies, get your books ready, and while you are at it, see if they have a sale on motivation. Speaking of motivation, I wish it were possible to bottle some up and keep it on hand for whenever we needed it. Well, as far as I know, that is not possible, so below I have listed a few tips to hopefully keep your mind focused throughout the school year.
Keep your eye on the prize
At some point you decided to further your education and prepare for a job after graduation. For me, this is a life in the field of chiropractic. To help me stay focused, I am constantly thinking about life after school. Whether it is helping patients get better or designing my future chiropractic office, this exercise helps me keep my eye on the prize. Try to remember the excitement of finding your career path and harness it to help you on days of feeling bogged down with classes.
Do your best to stay ahead
One way to reduce the stress of a tough semester is to keep up on your studies. By doing this, the stress of an exam will almost be non-existent because you will not have to allocate a ton of time to studying. This allows you to keep a perfect balance between studying and actually having a social life.
Find something to recharge your interest
As said before, school can be draining and there is no question about that. A way to recharge your interest is by finding something outside of school to be a part of. An example could be shadowing someone in your field of choice. During our breaks in between trimesters, I like to shadow different chiropractors around the area. This allows me to learn some stuff that cannot be taught in class, but also reminds me of why I am taking these classes.
Dedicate time for yourself
It is too easy to get caught up in the stressors of school, but one way to deal with it is to just relax. I know, crazy right? You may be thinking, how do I relax when I have a million things to do? Let’s be honest, when you are stressed and thinking about all of the things on your to do list, your mind is going in a million different directions. Just try taking a 30-minute break and when you get back to your studying, you will be able to focus on one task at a time. This will allow you to increase your productivity.
Fake it till you make it
Sometimes no matter what you do, the motivation is just not there. However, whether it is there or not, you still need to get your stuff done. So, this requires a little “faking.” You need to act like you have all the motivation in the world and just push through the desire to quit. Once you are done, I guarantee this will restore your motivation, because you will have proven to yourself how badly you want to reach that end goal!
Hopefully these tips can help you keep your motivation at an all-time high! I want to wish everyone good luck during the school year, and definitely keep an eye out for the next blog!