Staying Motivated Over the Easter Break
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the Easter break! It’s not been the easiest term, and you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved over the past ten weeks, big or small.
You’ve definitely earned a well-deserved break, but I know how crucial the Easter break is for all students as a finalist. It’s a prime time for revisions and research ahead of assessments in the final term. As such, it can be difficult to relax and give yourself the time to recover properly.
So, this post attempts to provide some tips in managing a balance between rest and work and keeping yourself motivated over the next few weeks when all you may want to do is sleep.
- Make sure to gather everything you may need for each study session beforehand. This means that you won’t become distracted by looking for things and that you can be more efficient with your time. You’ll be able to get through your work faster without distractions, and then you can use the rest of the day to chill.
- Make to-do lists but keep them manageable! For example, that rather larger daunting task? Yeah, break it into smaller chunks so that you can see your progress sooner. For example, I’m breaking my dissertation into themes and tackling one at a time.
- Try calendar blocking. Sometimes I find this works better than a standard to-do list because you know when you can finish, whereas open-ended tasks on a to-do list, like reading a particular chapter, can drag on. Using calendar blocking also means that you know you have the time to address certain tasks, rather than wondering where you’ll be able to fit it in. Often you’ll find that you manage to fit particular tasks into their assigned time blocks, too, as you work more efficiently.
- Keep your workspace clean and free of clutter. Tidy space = tidy mind.
- Try to work in a space with natural light, like by a window. Especially if it’s sunny outside, I find that natural light really boosts my mood, which certainly helps my productivity and motivation. If possible, why not take your work outside if it’s a particularly nice day?
- Get some fresh air into your space by opening a window. It can help refresh you and wake you up a bit, hopefully helping you feel more motivated.
- When your planning your day, be sure to schedule breaks. It can be tempting to work flat out all day and all week, but that will lead to burnout, and you’ll be even less motivated to get your work done.
- I would also recommend planning entire days off, as well as smaller breaks in between study sessions. For example, I try to take weekends off because it means I know that I have dedicated time for relaxation at the end of the week, meaning that I’m more inclined to work hard on weekdays.
- I also always have an hour for lunch which is a great motivator in the morning.
- Some of my favourite ways to take breaks involve stepping away from my study space and computer. For example, just grabbing a snack or a drink (preferably water, but it’s often coffee) is a quick way to stretch your legs. For longer breaks, I go for a walk (another great way to get fresh air) or do some study break yoga. I also like to read my book, which, in term time, I make sure has nothing to do with my degree.
I hope this post has gone some way to helping you feel more motivated during the Easter break. I know it can be tough to strike the right balance between work and rest, but you’ve got this! I hope you enjoy the nicer spring weather and good luck with your studies.
Until next time,
Calendar Blocking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8bz7t3no78&t=31s
Study Break Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-8FvC3GD8c&t=17s