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5 ways to stay motivated and focused in April

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Posted on April 12, 2016 by Deanna Parkton, Coordinator of Experiential Learning.

Use these five tips when you are feeling overwhelmed and finish out this semester strong.

April is a busy time full of exams, papers, projects and end of year celebrations. With everything going on, it's easy to get overwhelmed during the homestretch of the semester. Take a break and re-focus with these five tips:  

1.     Give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate the hard work you’ve done instead of putting yourself down. Check out this article that discusses the negative effects of college students comparing themselves to others.

“We must learn how to stop for a moment to feel proud of ourselves instead of simply careening onto the next goal.”  

2.     Get inspired. Take a five-minute break to read some inspirational quotes to regain perspective, such as this one from Marshall McLuhan: “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

3.     Take each day at a time. Just like running a marathon, it is easy to rush ahead to the finish line. Pace yourself! Check out this article about the benefits of slowing down. “You don’t lose sight of who you are.”

4.     Work smarter (and happier!) Check out this TED Talk about happiness and productivity.  “75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.”

5.     Know your purpose. Reflect on your career goal and the impact you would like to make in your community. Read about why knowing your purpose matters. “Our own clarity of purpose ensures that others recognize it easily and match us to the right 'network' of people and places.”

Use these five tips when you are feeling overwhelmed and finish out this semester strong.