Written by Christina Bowman. Media by Barry Nixon.
1. Get a planner
This sounds like the obvious, but many people do not have planners and simply go off of what is in their brain. One of the best planners out there is called Passion Planner, though they are a little on the expensive side, they are well worth the money and their website has many different tips on how to utilize it in the best ways possible. Not only will this help you through finals, but will carry you into the next semester to get organized before things start to get crazy.
2. Make a checklist
Making a checklist every morning when you wake up will help you feel like you have accomplished something at the end of the day as you look at all of the items you have checked off the list. As the final days of the semester are approaching, two of the best tools you can use are a simple pen and notebook.
3. Take breaks
This is an easy, but important, thing to remember as you are studying and finishing your last assignments before the end of the year. If you continuously study and do homework for hours on end without any breaks, it can become overwhelming and frustrating. Instead, set mini goals on where to get to and then take a break. Going for a walk, watching a single episode of a TV show, or talking to friends are great ways to utilize that time.
4. Find a friend
Finding a friend to do homework with can be a great motivator. This will help you stay on task (if it is the right friend) and hold you accountable to stay on top of things. If you can find someone who is in similar classes it is even better, as they can help you with anything you do not understand and vice versa.
5. Listen to music
This can be both good and bad, but if you find the right genre it can definitely be good and not distracting. One of the best playlists on Spotify to listen to while doing homework is called Deep Focus and is found in Spotify’s own pre-made, public playlist. There are no lyrics and the music is very calming.
6. Make a cup of coffee
Not only will this keep you awake for your late night study sessions, but according to healthline.com it can even make you smarter and puts you in a better mood.
There you have it: six easy ways to which you can de-stress the last few weeks of your college semester. Whether it be finals, presentations, or homework assignments these strategies are bound to help anyone become successful.