1. Find a place to write down on a blank sheet of paper. Write on the top “Who you are” and on the back “Where you want to be”. Dedicate serious time to jotting thoughts on this paper. Use mind maps, drawings, even color code. Force yourself to think for yourself.
2. Try craving out time to assess your schedule and your professors. Why kinds of professors are making your stronger as a student, which professors are not? Create an office hour appointment. Create a list of problems/ ideas you want to clarify.
3. What do you do repeatedly. Are you finding yourself devoting more time to a class, or sport. This question is beyond procrastinate, many student procrastinate, but with this question try getting at the core. Find what interests you and what activities are on autopilot versus those on manual.
4. Write down your goals. Mentally and physically create scene where your dreams outweigh excuses
5. Enhance the good rather than (repeatedly and unsuccessful) fix the bad.
6. Try to be dependable. Return phones calls and text when you can. Little things matter. That includes calling family and friends time to time.
7. Learn when to say no.
8.Be present. Sometimes thinking of future can make one lazy in the present. Just start. That is often times the hardest part.
9. Find love in your studies, and your student life. I think if one loves and is engaged in their work, procrastination might be more avoidable.
10. Take care of yourself
As one semesters closes another one opens. The routine begins, new pencils, stickie notes, and note books, planners have smiles and students have motivation.
But then the motivation begins to fluctuate. Some highs, some lows, the ability to pick up ones pride and start a new strategy is difficult. I do not think the hardest aspect of learning let alone getting good grades in motivation, instead I think it is how well a student has mastered themselves. In honors of finals week, I has created a list of thoughts aimed to help students improve their navigation of being a student: