- Go to the library- if you are like me, staying at home is more convenient. If I get hungry, I grab something from the fridge. If I am tired, I take a nap. If I am bored, I turn the TV on for “background noise.” If you go to the library you will feel the social pressure to study among all the smart people around you. I assure you, you will get some work done.
- Dress to impress– if you wear sweat pants and a hoodie, you will feel so comfortable that you will get sleepy. All you will be thinking about is how comfy your bed must be right now. Girls- put a little make up on, you will feel more productive, it’s all mental, I promise.
- EAT!- if you are trying to study, and your stomach is growling non stop, all you will be thinking about is how hungry you are. I would suggest avoid eating too many carbs since you might feel sleepy afterwards. Buy yourself a fruit smoothie and a holiday cookie and you will feel full, satisfied, and ready to go.
- Background music- if you are anything like me, sometimes the library is so silent that it’s distracting. Put some headphones on, and turn your Pandora radio to a Frank Sinatra station, or maybe a “natural forest” radio. If you are really into the holidays, an instrumental holiday station could be just right for you.
- Do NOT deactivate your Facebook- this works for some people, and I think it’s great tuning out and focusing on what is really important right now- finals. However, for a procrastinator like me, not being on Facebook means I will be thinking the whole time, “I wonder what is going on in the social world right now, I feel like I’m missing out.” I know, SAD. But it’s the truth, I can focus if I have my Facebook tab open and if I see a notification, I address it when I want.
NOTE: Procrastinating is definitely not the most effective way of handling schoolwork. However, some people work better under pressure and can focus more during crunch time. This is the kind of person I am. BUT, if you don’t feel like stressing out last minute like you usually do, follow these tips for a smooth finish this semester.