It’s January, and this calls for some grand congratulations – you’re halfway through the school year! Surely there have been ups and downs, perhaps mistakes made and learned from, but you’ve made it here today, and the days ahead are filled with even more possibility! Follow these tips to start the second half of your school year with renewed positivity and motivation!

Set goals.

New Year Resolutions may fall, but goals are resilient, because you’ll make a plan to achieve them. You’ve probably heard of the infamous SMART Goals system: set goals that are Specific, Manageable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Check in with yourself once in awhile: Are you on the right track? Should you modify any part of your goal? Are there new strategies you want to try?

Make your goals visible, and hold yourself accountable in some way. Hang it in your room. Stick it to the refrigerator. Put it down on your calendar. Discuss it with friends who can help you stay on track – perhaps they have objectives of their own too – support each other through!

Keep your vision in mind.

There may be days when you just don’t feel like gruelling through stacks of math homework, or commuting all the way to your volunteer shift, or even getting out of your bed. In these times, remind yourself of why you do what you do. It’s the “why” that propels us forward: perhaps there’s a certain career field or university you want to go into, or a cause you really care about. The steps you take each day may seem insignificant, but they can bring you a long way in the future.

Focus.

Multitasking seems like a way to increase productivity, but it’s also a favourite hiding spot for distractions. Concentrate your efforts into one task at a time (ie. There is simply no reason for so many tabs to be open at once!). Finishing a chunk of an assignment rather than chipping away at two or three simultaneously will feel more rewarding – and your quality of work may be higher, too, as your mindset is not constantly jumping from task to task.

Prioritize.

Time is a limited resource, so plan your use of it carefully. When a small detail can be overlooked in the bigger scheme of things, it’s time to move on and keep working. Decide how your tasks rank in terms of due dates, difficulty, and marks, to complete the most urgent, important, and difficult tasks first. Once those are tackled, the rest will be a breeze.

When all is said and done, believe in yourself! You got this. If you do have any questions or concerns, however, we Blog Managers are here for you! Don’t hesitate to contact us through Ask FCSS-FESC anytime throughout the year!

 

Wishing you an amazing 2017,

Hannah

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