Although finals season is the most notorious for cram sessions, all-nighters, and other unhealthy study habits, the mid-semester slump can be just as vicious. This is the time in the middle of the semester when motivation slacks, and there are no major due dates or threats of low grades around the corner to encourage engagement. If you're feeling the mid-semester slump, these practices and tips can help.
Create Your Own Incentives
Although dropping the ball during a mid-semester slump can have its effects on your GPA, it often doesn't seem that way because the end of the semester is so far away. To rekindle your motivation, create incentives for yourself. This can mean treating yourself to a dinner out or a night of self-pampering with a good book after reaching a study goal. Alternately, it can mean taking away certain privileges from yourself, such as watching Netflix or going out for drinks, until certain tasks are finished.
Add Healthy Habits to Take Care of Yourself
Sometimes more than anything, a slump is just a mental block. Take a step back and add some self-care to your routine to help clear your head. Simple actions like taking a walk outside or signing up for a yoga class can have a big impact on your motivation and mindset. A 20-minute-break away from the computer screen or textbook can allow you to come back to work reinvigorated.