Let’s face it. We’ve all done that thing where we close our laptops, shut our notebooks, zip up our pencil cases, and tell ourselves that it’s time to get some sleep, even when our homework has yet to be completed.
And now that we’re less than three weeks away from The End of long nights, caffeine-filled days, and staring at words until they don’t quite make sense anymore, “that thing” starts to get a lot more common.
But no need to fear: five (hopefully) helpful tips to stay motivated are here.
1. Work at optimal times, and watch Netflix when you’re not going to work well, anyway:
According to the Wall Street Journal, paying attention to the body clock can help us pinpoint the different times of day when we perform our best; for example, most people are easily distracted from noon to 4 p.m.
2. Think: I’ve worked too hard to give up now.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the things people regret the most are related to education. You’ve had too much Green Mountain Coffee to stay awake during PowerPoints to give up now.
3. Watch a motivational video
This is ironic because you’ll be procrastinating by watching these but hey, maybe you’ll be inspired to do work afterwards. My favorites include Kid President, Cross the Line, and Nick Vujicic.
4. Eliminate distractions
You can use apps like Self Control, White Room, and Concentrate to combat procrastination.
5. Stay positive.
It can be depressing to be stuck at home doing homework on a sunny, 75-degree day, but you’ll want to get through it more if you’re looking forward to summer rather than whining about how it can’t come fast enough.
C’mon everyone: let’s go out with a bang, not a rebellious “YOLO.”