Your to-do list is a mile long, but you just wanna sit back
and catch up on Pretty Little Liars? We know it can be super hard to scoot your
bum off the couch, but we’ve got eight cinchy ways to get you back in action
and crossing off that list in no time. Get ready!
Take it one step at a time.
Instead of holding off reading A Christmas Carol until the
night before the test, read a chapter or two every night a week before the
test. Or try making your bed in the morning, then straightening up your desk in
the afternoon, and vacuuming your room at night. When you break up big projects
or homework assignments into smaller tasks, it seems a lot more manageable –
and you’re less likely to hold off doing it.
After earning that A in math for the marking period, treat
yourself to a manicure. For every two hours you spend writing that paper, watch
an episode of The Lying Game. Knowing you’re getting something you want makes
in the end makes it a lot easier to complete the job you have to do. After all,
you’ve earned it, chica!
Write it all down.
When you’ve got crazy homework piling up, make a list of
everything that needs to get done, and how much time you think it will take
you. Start doing the assignments that will take you the most time first - it saves a lot of time and energy
that way! When you can see everything that has to get done, it’s easier to
start doing it.
Make it picture-perfect.
Picture yourself giving the best oral presentation your
English teacher has ever seen, or how neat your room will look after it’s
clean. Then start taking the steps
you need to make in order to get there. It’s easy to make your vision a reality
Put things in perspective.
Sometimes it seems like your schoolwork has nothing to do
with your real life. Instead, think about the lessons you can learn from it:
instead of thinking of the Civil War as something that happened ages and ages
ago, think of how North and the South compromised to make a better country – kind
of like how you and your BFF fought over what you were being for Halloween,
then made a decision after talking it out. Or remind yourself that while the
PowerPoint you’re making on the central nervous system seems really boring, the
information you’re learning in the end will get you that A in science – which
you need to get into your dream college.
Exercise releases chemicals in your brain called endorphins,
which make you feel happy. When you’re feeling stressed out, dance around your
room to “Party Rock,” or take a bike ride around your block. When you feel
happy and confident, you’ll get better work done.
Make a power playlist.
When you listen to music that motivates you, you’ll find it
easier to get moving! Make a playlist of songs that makes you feel like you can
accomplish anything! Need some suggestions? We like Selena Gomez’s “Who Says,”
Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” and the Glee cast’s “Loser Like Me.”
Invite a friend to tag along.
When you’re working with someone else who’s super motivated,
her determination will rub off on you. Can’t bring yourself to study for your
music history test? Ask that friend who’s gaga for Gershwin to help you study.
Are you dreading starting that Spanish project? Partner up with an amiga and work
together over chips and salsa. Sometimes, two really is better than one!
BY DEVIN ALESSIO ON 9/24/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN studying secrets, smart girl secrets, get all A's this year, rock your new school, have the best school year ever, get your act together guide