How to tackle the mid-semester slump

We've hit that point in the school year where it can be *so* difficult to focus on work, especially with spring weather approaching (making us want to do literally anything but stay inside and study). Whether you just survived midterms and are struggling to get back into the swing of things, are a senior anxiously awaiting graduation or are just lacking motivation lately, we've got some nifty tips for you.

Screen time

Our phones have tons of useful perks, but they can be sooo distracting, especially when it comes to procrastinating! It can be difficult to use your phone less, but sometimes putting technology away is the best solution to focus on your assignments and studying—out of sight, out of mind! Utilize your phone's screen time limits to restrict apps you're able to use after a certain amount of time, or until you complete your work. You can choose apps to always allow but can also limit contacts you hear from—so you'll still get your family's important messages but won't get FOMO from seeing the bestie group chat's notifications every two seconds. 

Change of scenery

Sometimes all you need is a change of scenery to get back into a productive mindset. It's great to have a dedicated space in your house for your schoolwork, but it's okay if you don't have your own desk. Try not to do work on your bed, especially late at night when it's easy to accidentally drift off to sleep with your books and papers scattered everywhere (been there).

If you're unable to focus where you usually work, try working in another room of your house. The dining room table can be a great workspace before and after dinner. As the weather gets warmer, you can also try doing your homework outside. Do you have a backyard, front porch or nearby park that isn't too loud? Your local public library is also an amazing place to visit.

Set small goals

Which goal sounds easier: "Take five minutes to start an intro paragraph" or "Do my English essay"? Five minutes, ofc! Break down your goals into small, manageable pieces that make more sense for you and make it easier to check off your to-do list. You can also set a timer for a certain amount of time to focus on work, then take five-minute study breaks to reward yourself. If your brain is having a sleepy day, respect that and choose which small goals you'll prioritize. Your to-do list will thank you! 

Prioritize self-care

Self-care is essential for getting out of the mid-semester slump, whether it's taking time to reread your fave rom-com or warming up a hot bath and tossing in a bath bomb. Self-care isn't just a fun way to unwind, but also an important part of taking care of your mental and physical health. A good break from the HW and pressure will make it easier to return to your tasks later. So, find your fave self-care methods and treat yourself! 

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by Ally Coy and Natalie Misyak | 3/31/2023