Staying Motivated Mid-School Year

By Alison Keim on January 22, 2014

Everyone has done it.

The intense motivation you feel when entering your first day of school. This is going to be YOUR year. This is the time you are finally going to get that GPA you’ve always wanted, be involved with your campus, stay organized, become close with your professors, and overall just finally have that rewarding semester that you have always dreamed up. This immense determination usually lasts around a couple of weeks, until you slowly fall into a slump where it just doesn’t seem possible to stay motivated any longer. Here are a few tips to help stay motivated once that initial determination wares off.

Buy New School Supplies

Nothing is more motivating than fresh notebooks with nice clean pages, new writing utensils that don’t leave a single smudge, and a new planner ready to be filled with endless dates and deadlines. Start your semester off fresh with new materials that will help you want to stay organized. It may sound ridiculous that something as simple as buying a new notebook would motivate you to study more, but for example, when you buy new workout clothes it motivates you to workout more. There’s nothing more satisfying than utilizing new materials after you’ve purchased them.

Get Organized

Frantically rummaging through your desk to find your note cards to study for your exam is another extra step you’re going to dread when thinking about what you need to do. By having your school supplies organized, it is one less thing you have to stress about (which we all love – to cross an item off our stressors list). Having everything placed where it should be and always knowing exactly where it is will make your life so much easier when having to sit down and get work done, leaving you to feel much more motivated to keep up with your work.

Make Lists

By having everything you have to do laid out in front of you, it makes it much easier to organize and manage what you need to get done. Lists help you set out your priorities and take mental notes of what’s most important. There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing something you dreaded doing off of your list. This way you know everything that needs to be done and it will help you prioritize.

Make Goals

A lot of things that people really lose sight of sometimes is why they are doing what they are doing, what they are going to achieve out of all this hard work, and why they are even in school in the first place. It’s important to make goals for yourself to remember why you are working so hard and why the outcome is worth it. Post your goals somewhere where you will frequently be looking at them and seeing them every single day to remind you why all this hard work will eventually pay off one day.

“Whenever you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”



Alison is currently a journalism student at the University of Iowa. She enjoys a good book, anything holiday related, and wastes mass amounts of money on Starbucks coffee. She believes the key to life is positivity and being nice to others.

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