By: Paige Bennett

As the midpoint of the semester passes by, many students feel stressed and overwhelmed, which makes it difficult to maintain a high level of motivation. Here are some tips to help you keep up the energy to get through these next several weeks.

Visualize your goals

One way to keep yourself motivated is to visualize yourself achieving your goals for the semester. Visualization is a powerful tool that encourages people to envision a scenario in which they have accomplished their goals. Research shows that when you visualize something, the neurons in your brain treat it like a real-life occurrence, which causes the brain to produce an impulse telling your neurons to “perform” the action. Essentially, this puts you in a position where you will be more likely to achieve the things you visualize.  

Break things down

If you have a lot of projects and assignments to tackle, you should focus on finding ways to break the workload down. Anything can seem overwhelming if you look at it from a big picture standpoint. By splitting large assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces, you can breathe easier knowing that everything will get done on time

A good way to do this is to assign each component of a project to a specific day of the week. If you were working on a research paper, for example, you could assign gathering sources to Monday, creating an outline to Tuesday and writing the introduction to Wednesday. Working on the paper little by little, you would be able to finish it without feeling overwhelmed. The less overwhelmed you feel, the more motivated you will be to get through the rest of the semester.

Reward yourself

It’s inevitable that every student will feel stressed, especially at the midpoint of the semester. This is why it is important to frequently reward yourself. Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a couple of hours binge-watching your favorite show, treat yourself to something you enjoy every once and awhile. Part of staying motivated is having the energy to carry you through tough challenges. However, you cannot expect yourself to have the energy if you haven’t allowed yourself to decompress. By giving yourself little rewards, you will be able to keep your motivation level up and always have something to look forward to.