Halfway there, kids! For all of you college kids, we are at the halfway point in the semester. I’m currently on spring break, as are most of my peers-sorry UofM kids, you got to have yours early.
And while it’s awesome to be halfway done with the semester, most of us have reached our breaking point. The mid semester slump. It always happens. Every year. I’m fine up until right about now and then, whoops, I lose all of my motivation to do ANYTHING, let alone study.
And that’s when I typically curl up on my couch and watch Netflix in a completely dark apartment.
The problem is, if your grades are important to you at all, this is a poor decision. So how do you fix the mid semester slump?
Self-Care should be at the top of your list
I just wrote a post on the importance of self-care, but when your motivation is lacking, this is more important than ever! I use my planner to make sure I’m fitting in time for self-care, everything from dinners with friends in the dining hall, to workouts and showers. Need some ideas for things you can do to self-care? Checkout my post or sign up for my subscriber list to get access to a bigger list in my resource library!
Make Small Goals
I use post-it notes for this-you should see my desk at school. I’m pretty sure it’s more post-it notes than wood. Write down your goals and post them where you can see them everyday so you don’t forget. The daily reminder will help keep you accountable-especially if you have academic goals on your post-it!
Ditch things that aren’t Working
Note taking method failing? Study method stinking? Sleep schedule off? Change these before it’s too late! On the bright side, putting yourself in a new routine might be just what you need to propel you out of your mid semester slump.
Give yourself a Break
Give yourself a day, or half a day if you are really busy, to do whatever you want each week. Your brain needs a break. If you constantly run it on high 24/7, it will fail you. No wonder you are stuck in a slump. Giving yourself a day to do something that makes you happy-yes this includes napping-will “recharge your batteries” and you’ll be more efficient when you get back to work.
The mid semester slump is something that you just can’t avoid. The good news is that you can get out of it by focusing on the tips above. Just breathe, and you’ll be back to your productive self in no time.