The end of semester is approaching. DUN DUN DUN…
This has several ramifications for me as a student. It causes me to wake up bolt upright at around 7am every morning (not super early I know, but as a waitress I usually go to bed at 1am ish) and my first thought of the day is about psychotherapy ethics or personality change throughout the lifespan or other fun stuff like that. It means that my grumpiness levels are increased by approximately 87%. And it means that I stare at my computer for most of the hours of the day while trying to focus my wandering mind on essays that sometimes seem like they will never come together in a way that makes sense. It also means awesome stuff like getting to study in bed if I want and learning more about my fave subject ever (apart from yoga and running of course) and getting closer every single day to my dreams of finishing my MA in psychotherapy.
Some things that I truly believe are stopping my brain from exploding from trying to put too much info into not a very large space 😉 =
My plan of attack. This crumpled piece of paper is basically my life raft. I only look at the essay I am supposed to be working on, and try not to get too far ahead of myself by freaking out about the end of semester when I have three things due on the same date. I also set my own due dates for getting each essay done a week in advance because I am most definitely not a last minute person when it comes to assignments. Stress snacking while looking at future assignments is highly recommended.
Making my bed every morning as soon as I wake up. I know this is a little random but I seriously cannot do anything unless the bed is made. I’m pretty sure doing this is directly correlated to how much work I get done.
Running or yoga or both every day. I think it is easy when we get busy to push that sort of stuff to the side, which is ironic because I really believe it helps my productivity sooo much. I am a big fan of just a short run or a short yoga practice when I am busy, because I feel less stressed and more able to concentrate afterwards, but I don’t feel guilty for spending too much time on something non-study related. I love interval runs when I feel like I need a good stress-busting sweat, or an intuitive yoga practice with really calming music like the below video:
Watching the odd motivational video. This is something I picked up from Curtis, when we were both studying last semester he would forward motivational videos to me and we would both feel re-inspired. I love this video because it talks about how we shouldn’t expect to be great at something in the beginning. This is so helpful for me because sometimes I feel like I have SO MUCH to learn about therapy, but I need to remind myself that it is a journey and I will get there with time and effort.
Using my minion bookmarks that my bestie made. They are beyond adorable and reading the motivational quotes on them definitely gives me a little burst of energy. Whether it is minions, quotes, cute stationary, or a pep talk in the mirror, I think it is important to give yourself the tools to power through.
Getting some fresh air every day and lots of healthy brain food makes such a difference for me. As a student it can be easy to spend a huge amount of time indoors, but getting outside and “drinking the wild air” (that is what my t-shirt says but you can’t see it in this pic) really wakes me up and refreshes me. Salmon – healthy fats for brain enlargement- and salad are awesome brain fuel.
Reaching out for support. My bestie puts up with too many selfies of me procrastinating during moments when I feel especially overwhelmed, but she always gives a great pep talk and reminds me that I CAN do it (and that I will soon be having a sweet holiday with her 🙂 ).
This photo was supposed to depict how enlarged my brain was getting, showcased by my bulging eyeballs (ew that sounds really gross, I am sorry). Why I am posting this for the world to see, I really don’t know.
And at the end of a long day of work and study, going down to the harbourfront for deep talks and French pastries is really the best.
Finally, getting a good nights sleep is SO important. And if I don’t get a sleep, I take a nana nap later on if I can (student life is awesome like that 😉 ). I always know if I am not getting enough sleep because I start sleep talking to my bestie (we are sharing a room and a bed, #studentlifestyle + #Sydneyisexpensive). Last night apparently I woke up, sat up on my knees, woke her up and really freaked her out, and then lay down and went back to sleep. She is so lucky.
How do you motivate yourself to work hard at boring stuff?
Do you make your bed every day? – When I was sleeping in my tent for three months during my yoga course I got super slack on the “bed” making, but in my normal life it makes a big difference for me.
Are you a procrastinator? Or an everything-in-advance person? – I am most definitely the latter, in my first few years of uni I pulled some crazy all-nighters and all I can say is NEVER AGAIN.