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?
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.
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!