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Whether it’s staying motivated during a five-month long semester or sitting through an elongated work day, it’s up to you to keep yourself motivated and strong. Self-motivation will result in a positive outcome and eventually the satisfaction of achieving your goals. The repetitive schedules and endless hours in the library or at work may be miserable now, but they will pay off later with the help of a little motivation.

1. Reward yourself whenever you complete a tough week or task.

Between papers and a plethora of assignments, it can be easy to lose track of your main goal. Whether it be going to your favorite coffee shop or out with friends, plan an ultimate reward for whenever you complete an important task. This will help you stay motivated and positive during long weeks and painful exams.

2. Do not leave things until the last minute.

I cannot stress how critical it is to study and complete tasks in advance. Starting a project weeks before it is due gives you plenty of time to complete the task diligently. Although procrastination is tempting, this will only hurt you in the end and make it more difficult to stay motivated.

3. Get your day started early.

I am the epitome of a night owl. Mornings are not appealing to me whatsoever, however I cannot deny that I feel better when I start my day early. Start your day with something you love, whether that be coffee, yoga, or a good workout. Your morning will set the mood for the entire day, so doing something that energizes you is vital for a successful day.

4. Establish a productive daily routine.

My weekly agenda holds my entire life. Proper organization would not be attainable without it for me personally. Purchase an agenda that best fits your lifestyle and update it frequently. Add everything from important school due dates to plans with friends. Planning out your days, weeks, and months ahead will be an essential for staying organized and motivated for the future!

5. Keep your eyes on the prize.

Remember that the antagonizing work schedule will only last so long. When you graduate and move on, your GPA and accomplishments will follow you into the future. Employers will ask you about your education most likely for the rest of your career. To stay motivated, constantly remind yourself that this will all be worth it when you’re doing what you love.

6. Make time for yourself.

Rest is necessary for a fully successful work period. Take care of yourself by eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, and getting plenty of rest. Although it’s great to establish a work schedule, you must also create a schedule for times of rest and relaxation–you deserve it!

No matter how miserable your schedule may be, it’s your own job to keep yourself motivated and content. Remind yourself that the pain is temporary and that you determine your own happiness. In a world of constant work, keep in mind that it’s okay to take personal time as well. You know yourself the best, so do whatever it takes to keep yourself motivated and on the right track for success!

Jennifer D.
Jennifer Duplessie is a senior at Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in political communications incorporating her passion for writing and photography.

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