5 Ways to Hit Your Rhythm after Spring Break

Spring break is probably the hardest time of the year to rebound from. We’re ¾ of the way through the school year and just finished up that brutal last round of midterms. Maybe some of us were lucky enough to catch some sun at the beach or finally catch up on all those shows we’ve been putting off.

Now comes the time to start hitting the books again but all our minds can think about is summer; what do we do?

1. Set Goals

Setting goals is the best way to motivate yourself consistently. Take some time to write down what you want to accomplish for the rest of the semester and then break that down into monthly, weekly and daily goals. It’ll get you living intentionally and you’ll be surprised how much more you can get done just by having your priorities written down.

2. Find Accountability Partners

Finding people that’ll keep you accountable for your progress is almost as important as setting the goals themselves. Think of it like the difference between making a promise to yourself as opposed to someone else. When you tell other people your goals it’ll make you more likely to accomplish them and they’ll be there to check in with how you’re progressing towards them.

3. Try Something New

Nothing gets you as excited as trying something new. Decide to get involved in a way you haven’t yet. When we fall into a rhythm our lives can feel almost robotic so it is crucial to add a little flavor and keep it interesting. When I have new activities lined up I always find myself enjoying life a little more than usual.

4. Make Time For What You Love

As important as it is to keep gaining new insights and experiences, I think it is equally important to keep doing what we love most. It helps us stay passionate and keep true to our identity. And I wholeheartedly know some of us have let some of our deepest passions go unnoticed and untouched since as early as high school. Ever since I started making time for my hobbies, my mood has improved, I’ve been waking up earlier and more excited for every day. Make sure you have something to look forward to day in and day out. After all, if we’re not waking up excited and passionate, are we even living at all?

5. Gratitude

It’s inevitable that the stress of school work and exams is bound to take a toll on us at some point. We all feel cluttered, swamped and overwhelmed with everything on our plates and the expectations we have set for ourselves at some point. One of the best ways to counteract this and clear your mind is gratitude. Every morning, I take literally 15 seconds and write down 3 things I’m thankful for. It helps set my mind right for the day and fight through the low points.

Closing Thoughts:

Obviously getting back to the school work is never fun so don’t focus on it! Let it just be another part of your day. Better yourself every day, meet new people, try new things, awaken your passions and stay thankful. The weather’s about to get so much nicer and summer is just around the corner. Keep your head held high and take on every day as if it’s a new challenge and adventure!

What other useful tidbits help you get through the remaining school year? Share them in the comments.


Michal is triple majoring in Finance, Marketing and Management-Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Illinois. He is also minoring in Spanish and is fluent in Polish. In addition, Michal is a part of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. He was also in a fraternity for a semester, during which he co-founded his own club.

Currently, Michal is working on a solar powered Wi-Fi startup called Mesh++ and is also in the business of helping people with their health and mentoring them in getting into business for themselves. After school, Michal hopes to continue his entrepreneurial ventures, start his own hedge fund and eventually run his own music label, as well as music festival.

In his free time Michal loves to glove, dance and listen to music. If you go to a music festival over the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll find Michal there. He also loves staying active so traveling, hiking and snowboarding take up most of his vacation time.

When he’s not growing his businesses or taking spontaneous vacations (He has already been in Colorado, Florida and Minnesota this year), Michal really loves reading and listening to podcasts. He believes the secret to a fruitful life is personal development and growing into a person of influence. Every day, he tries to be the best version of himself so he can help magnify the potential in others.

Michal looks forward to meeting and working with everyone at Cengage!

2 replies
  1. Eva says:

    You know, this message sat in my inbox for about two weeks or so, and I never thought to click on it. Well I saw something along the lines of getting back on track, and I knew I needed to check it out. This semester has been a tough one, and I’m already an award-winning procrastinator. As I was reading through this, I was sure a female had written it, because I could relate to it so effortlessly. Even the writing style caught me and reminded me somewhat of my own. After reading the beautifully written tips, I headed to the end of the page to find somewhere I could reach the author to tell her how well written it was. I noticed a picture of a handsome man leading me to a separate paragraph talking about this man and his brilliant, adventurous life in Illinois where I also reside. I thought “Oh that’s nice, he’s one of those super smart students who got recognized this month.” believing that this man was doing so well in school that he got recognized. I then got to the end of the paragraph which told me the man works with Cengage! Immediately, I went back to the top to try and find the name of the author. Well there it was: Michal. What a pleasant surprise it was to be wrong. Haha, I mean that!

    To be completely honest with you Michal, your essay moved me. I can’t explain to you how much I needed that today and for the rest of this semester, hell, possibly for the rest of my life. Taking the extra 15 seconds to write down three things I’m thankful for is the least I can do in this fleeting, chaotic life. Sometimes I feel inferior to stress, but in reading your essay, I realize that it’s up to me to battle that inferiority. Much of this stress can be sorted out if I take the extra time to prevent it. The “to do” type list your essay mentioned is the first thing on my “to do” list to create. Besides first telling you that one of the things I’m thankful for today is your message—it shed light upon shadows. Thank you, Michal, and I’m sorry I assumed you were a girl… I’m really glad you’re not.


  2. lisa nokes says:

    i do agree that sleep is important. i have been so busy with my school work, I haven’t been getting any sleep. I have been typing so much, I didn’t even check my e-mail like I used to do. I miss breakfast and lunch sometimes. That is not good. I think it affects my studying, It is not good to not get enough sleep because then you will fall asleep in class, And you need to be alert in the classroom.


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *