Some mornings it can be hard to convince yourself to get out of bed and go to your lecture, or continue working on your project. You know the deadline is coming up, but you just can't seem to find the motivation to get it done and dusted. We've all been there. From student to student, here's some advice on how to make it through the days that drag:
- Don't Ditch Your Social Life
Okay so your workload is looking like it is going to take a lifetime to complete and you've said no to leaving the house to see an exhibition, film, eating out or partying with friends. While it is wise not to forget your uni obligations, it is important to maintain a good balance between work and play. Psychcentral.com reports psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino, saying, "My life is much bigger than my work. I feel balanced when I center myself in my life, not my work." Keeping your work and play balanced means that you'll be less stressed when it comes to completing your uni work because it's not the ONLY thing going on in your life.
2. Binaural Beats
This is a form of brainwave entrainment and binaural beats are quickly becoming a popular way to "entrain" the brain. There are many different versions available for free on YouTube, ranging from Binaural beats for self confidence, to increased concentration while studying and overcoming anxiety. Definitely worth a listen - especially for those who don't like to study in complete silence.
3. Sleep Properly
A good night's sleep reduces stress, tension, and prevents you from feeling the need to nap for hours during the day. You'll be able to focus more and will have more energy to get things done. When you're tired you are naturally slower and less focused which can result in a task taking double the time it would if you were more alert.
4. Social Media Free
Hand in week and still a lot of work to do? Maybe try deleting your social media apps for that week- not the accounts - just the apps. You can re-download them after, but the accidental 2 hours you spend scrolling down your news feed means you're 2 hours further away from completing your work.