By: Inso Park
Given that we are in a new semester and finals have ended, it is completely normal to feel burnt out. It seems like spring break is a ways away and with no more three day weekends in sight, it feels as if the school year is going to last forever. Not to mention how classes seem like they have become significantly harder after the break, and AP seasons feels like it is on the way. There are a couple of tips to keep in mind that can help alleviate any stress from school or outside sources.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the feeling of being overwhelmed will go away once spring break hits. Instead of collectively looking at how many days of school are left, try taking each day one at a time. Focus on one thing that you want to accomplish everyday. If you are behind on your school work then try and complete one late assignment for every school day and two per day on the weekends. With a strict schedule and mentality, you are sure to catch up on your work in no time. A way to set a strict schedule would be to set attainable goals. The goals that you set should be measurable. Instead of saying that you want to improve your grade, you should set the goal of a specific percentage that you want your grade to be at.
I know that I struggle with procrastination and that time really is my biggest enemy. If you have the same problem as me then you should follow the 60 second rule. This is a trick that I learned on Tik Tok to help increase your productivity and help you feel accomplished throughout the day. The 60 second rule is that if something takes less than a minute to do, instead of putting it off to do later, do it then and there. Examples of this would be making your bed, picking up a piece of clothing off of the floor, turning in an assignment, etc. I have recently started following this rule and it has helped me to feel decluttered and by the end of each day, my mountain of work seems more manageable.
Sometimes the only way to be more productive is to take a break. I realize that this seems counterintuitive, but the break that I’m referring to is a break from technology. Delete apps that are distracting you from your work and increasing your screen time. Apps such as Tik Tok, Snapchat, and Instagram, are the main forms of social media that can easily deter you from completing your work. One 15 second video on Tik Tok leads to another and before you know it you have wasted your entire day on there. Deleting these apps during the school week and redownloading them helps me to focus on the task at hand and completely removes the temptation to go on them. Additionally, the screen time that you previously spent on those apps will go towards something more productive and will make a huge difference in your grades. Preventing yourself from staring at a screen for hours on end will ensure that you are not drained for the next day and help you with your overall health as well. If you feel like you are not strong enough to delete the apps then you can always set a limit on your screen time. You can even limit individual apps to monitor how much of your free time you spend watching a certain thing.
It is completely normal to feel burnt out and unmotivated in the second half of the school year. That being said, following the methods above will not only increase your productivity, but also help you to lead a more balanced life. We are in the home stretch and waiting for spring break seems hopeless. Despite how you may be feeling now, you are going to want to end the school year strong. Do not disappoint yourself.