Homeward Stretch

The end of the school year is here. Yep, I will be ending my high school career in a matter of days. The senioritis is in full effect. (It’s actually been in effect since my sophomore year) With the end comes great responsibility. Academically, that equates to finals and term papers. So how do you stay motivated when you are at that homeward stretch? Well for starters:

  1. Keep the end goal in mind. When you think about the goal you want to attain you are more likely to do the work to accomplish it. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, having a tight dress or a bathing suit that you want to fit into will motivate you to work out and eat healthier. The same with academics, if you diligently do your work and try your best to succeed you will make good grades and graduate. You will be motivated if you know that something will come out of your efforts. For example, if you know that you will be compensated for a job that you do, you will be more willing to do that job. If you are not being compensated for the job, your motivation will plummet significantly. Therefore, set goals for yourself. Don’t make these goals too unattainable. Make them realistic. Small goals are easier to achieve then big over-bearable goals. The next way to stay motivated when you are almost done is to:
  2. Reward yourself. Reward yourself for the small goals that you accomplish. Positive reinforcement is always the answer. For instance, if you write 3 paragraphs out of your term paper, you can watch an episode of your favorite show. Little rewards and breaks not only keeps you motivated but will make you more likely to accomplish the task because you know that you will be rewarded. Continually, studies have shown that taking small breaks in between long hours of academic work helps you to perform better. School work can be tough, but when you have an incentive it makes it all worth the effort. The next way to stay motivated during the homeward stretch is to:
  3. Plan accordingly. I can not stress how important it is for you to NOT PROCRASTINATE! Procrastination is your enemy. It only leads to your detriment. Procrastination makes you less likely to accomplish the goals that you are behind on. Who wants to do a crap load of work? No one. That’s why it is so important for you to work ahead. This school year has probably been the best year for me to stop procrastinating. I have always worked ahead and the benefits are exemplified in my grades. I am making straight A’s and my stress levels have declined substantially. If you are in college and even in high school you have a syllabus. If it is possible always work on things before they are due. It prevents you from scrambling the day before and doing a half-hearted job on your assignment. The next tip for making it through those last days is to:
  4. Have fun. Yes I said it. Enjoy the little time that you have left in high school or undergrad or even grad school. These moments in your life are only there for a short period of time. Once its over, you will never get your time back. So make sure that you embrace every moment. Go to school events. I went to prom recently and had the time of my life. I even won prom queen. I will cherish that moment forever. That’s why its so important to savor your time for memories like that. You may be in a rush to leave but if that is all that you focus on you will miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the time that you have at your school. So don’t stress too much. Take time for things that you enjoy and make friend. Well that’s all that I have for today. I hope I was able to help you out.

Thanks for reading,

Abisola