Spring is the time of new beginnings at JIU! Birds are returning. Daffodils are blooming. Warm weather entices us to spend as much time outdoors as possible. It becomes increasingly difficult to sit inside at the computer and write a paper, discussion posts or work math problems. Keep in mind that earning your degree is also a new beginning for you. The knowledge you gain from obtaining your degree can and will open new doors and opportunities for you to grow. The amount of time you spend on your studies is but a raindrop in a bucket compared to the transformation you will experience. Here are a few suggestions to help you continue to stay motivated this spring:
- Take your study materials outside with you. Take your books with you to appointments or soccer practice.
- Reward yourself for completing your work early in the week so that you have the weekend to enjoy with your family.
- Get the family involved. Reward them for help around the house or proofreading papers.
- Prepare your work area ahead of time. Set an egg timer for 30 minutes to 1 hour and concentrate on getting as much work done during that time. Minimize interruptions by turning off your cell phone and the television.
Remember the time you spend in school is finite. The possibilities associated with your education are endless!