Summer Motivation – is it really as hard as it sounds?

Hooray! Summer is here! The weather is beautiful and you are ready some much needed time outside in the beautiful sunshine. But wait, you have to focus on SCHOOL?!?! So how do you do it? Below are a few tips to keep you focused and motivated.

Keep a regular schedule!

Okay, so I know that is not as easy as it might seem. If you have school age children that are now on summer vacation, you may not be able to focus on school as much as you can during the school year but guess what, it is okay! Just keep putting in a regular amount of studying each week and you will keep progressing. You do not want to get behind, so try to work ahead if it allowed that way when the kids are calling, you have the extra time to put school away for a while and focus on them.

Soak up Some SUN!

As an online student you will not be able to spend all day outside but you can schedule a break that will allow you to go get some of the much needed Vitamin D. Even a few minutes outside watering the plants or sitting out in the sun can make a difference to improve your mood and keep you motivated.

Be as organized as possible (Make a plan).

Take the extra time to know what is required of you for each section of your program. Once you know the requirements, make a “game” plan for getting it done. This will keep you organized and on track. This will give you a sense of accomplishment each time you check off the next thing on your list!

Try to find a balance.

Finding a balance, that is a hard one! You must remember what is important to you outside of school, whether it be family and friends, your health, a hobby or work. Yes I know, I just told you to keep a schedule and now I am telling you to try to find a balance? But we need to set aside a few hours or so to spend time on something other than school work. Remember to set priorities in your life! You may need to readjust your schedule to fit this all in but remember, you cannot spend every moment studying!

Keep your eye on the PRIZE!

You are in school for a reason!  Always remember that you are working hard with a goal in mind, and that you won’t be an online student for the rest of your life. The skills you learn now will last a lifetime! When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything.

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

B.B. King