The phrase, “it’s not even half way through the semester yet” has been heard across campus far too many times. How do the college blues stop before midterms and stay away far after? There are many ways to keep students from burning out during the semester.
1. Stay organized
Becoming overwhelmed with assignments is easy if assignments aren’t planned out. Create a to-do list and make priorities to assignments that need to be done first. Being more organized clears the head and allows the mind to not be constantly thinking when the next assignment is due. So, write it down. An easy way to stay organized would be to keep track in a planner or agenda.
2. Get enough sleep
Lack of sleep can have negative effects on productivity. Improper sleep causes fatigue, lack of motivation, increased sensitivity and difficulty multitasking. Getting enough sleep can help improve memory and help problem-solving ability. Sleep can be hard to come by, but try to make it a priority.
3. Break down goals
Break down big projects and assignments into smaller, more achievable goals. Completing larger projects into a work-in-progress style can diminish the stress of last minute projects and attempting to pull all-nighters. Set small goals, complete them and feel accomplished for meeting the goals.
4. Eat Healthy
Being sick, tired and out of energy can make all the assignments that have to be done seem worse. Eating healthy not only can make one feel better, but think clearer as well. Eating well can reduce stress and improve one’s attitude.
5. Schedule relaxation
Always being in class, studying, working and more studying can quickly lead to a burnout. Make time to take a break and relax. If needed, write down “relax” on your to-do list. Do something that can recharge your motivation and that you enjoy. When returning to work after productive relaxing, the mind is more clear and focused.