5 Ways to Pump up Your Passion for Your Next Session
At the end of a session, after juggling work, school, family, and other responsibilities, chances are you’re ready to take a break—and you deserve it! But when your break is over and you need to reset for a new session, what’s the best way to get back in the groove? Even the most motivated student can struggle to find his or her academic mojo after a break. Here are some tips to get recharged.
- Be Excited
Pat yourself on the back for completing your previous session. It wasn’t easy, but you did it! As you look over your upcoming classes, get excited about what you’re going to learn. Each session brings you closer to your goal of earning a degree. Celebrate the fact that you’re doing whatever it takes to succeed.
- Get Organized
Take a little time to clean up your study area – physically and virtually. Get rid of old papers, file important documents, and clear some shelf space for any new books or supplies. Organize computer folders, clean up your desktop, archive old assignments and install software updates so you’ll be up and running when your session starts.
- Develop a Plan to Handle Stress
You enjoyed your down time between sessions, but soon you’ll be back in the thick of things. At some point, you may start to feel stressed. How do you cope? Make a list of things that make you happy: a chat with a good friend, watching a favorite rerun, taking a jog, or simply taking a nap. Next time the stress starts to rise, look at your list, pick an activity, and watch the stress melt away.
- Schedule Regular Breaks
If you sit at a computer from nine to five and spend the evenings and weekends hunched over your laptop or tablet for school, it’s important to take breaks at regular intervals. Make a plan to push yourself away from your electronics for five to 10 minutes every hour. Then do some upper body stretches, refill your coffee mug, or go outside and get a breath of fresh air.
- Reward Yourself
As you look forward to the start of the next session, set up a series of rewards for all the time and effort you pour into your work, school, and family. Celebrate with a meal at your favorite restaurant. Get an A on that paper you worked on all night? Buy those concert tickets you’ve been thinking about. No-cost ways to reward yourself may include a walk on the beach, a picnic lunch with a good view of your city, or a drive through a winding country road.
As your next session approaches and you wonder how you’re going to do it all over again, don’t worry. Just tidy up your study spot, develop new ways to deal with stress, plan regular breaks and set up a reward system. With this action plan in place, you’ll be more than ready to tackle your next session. If you have any questions, reach out to your success coach.