When it comes to the weather and staying motivated, winter can be one of the most formidable seasons.
Here are 10 tips to tackling the winter blues.
1. Make a Dope Playlist
A dope playlist is crucial for motivating yourself. Here are some suggestions for your motivational playlist: “Paris- Zach Nicita Remix” by Magic Man, “Starboy” by The Weeknd, “Things Can Only Get Better” by Howard Jones, “When I Grow Up” by Garbage, “Radio” by Sylvan Esso, “Cream on Chrome” by Ratatat, and “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.
2. Dress Well, Test Well
Comfort is key, but a lot of people feel more motivated to get shit done when they dress the part. Try wearing clothes that make you feel and look good, and see if it works for you. One tip to perfecting your winter wardrobe: plan your outfits ahead of time. This way, you won’t be scrambling to find warm socks ten minutes before class.
3. Don’t Overwork Yourself
If your schedule allots you zero downtime, you may need to lighten your work load. Having time to blow off steam is imperative for success. After all, you’re only human.
4. . . . But Keep Yourself Busy
Challenging yourself is crucial for staying motivated. You don’t want to get too used to extra downtime. If you’re not taking a full course load, consider getting a part-time job. Or if you want something low pressure, pick up a new hobby or sport.
5. Manage Your Time
Not only is it important to write out when all your assignments/etc are due, but it’s also helpful to plan out when you’ll work on your responsibilities. Plan a specific time to do work. Stick to this schedule and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate this winter.
6. Use the Reward System
A great way to become more disciplined is to reward yourself after getting work done. Tell yourself, “Okay, I can watch another episode of Westworld after I finish studying for this test.” These little indulgences are effective in encouraging you to complete the most dreadful of tasks.
7. Lean On Your Friends
Try to surround yourself with your most motivated friends. Encourage each other to stay on task. You can even work the reward system into social gatherings. Have friends over to study and once you’re all done, you can all relax and have fun.
8. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be as simple as taking a second to notice your breathing. By practicing mindfulness, you can prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Here’s a link to some tips to being more mindful.
9. Create A Motivational Space
Your environment significantly affects your mood. Make sure your space is well-lit and organized, and you’ll feel more willing to get shit done. Try to find out what sort of space works for you. Do you work best at the library, with friends, or in your room?
10. Do What You Love
Make sure your responsibilities are in line with your interests. Don’t waste your time pursuing a career that you hate. For the tedious tasks that are unavoidable, try to motivate yourself by envisioning your long-term goal of doing whatever it is you want to do.