Spring Fever is contagious. There’s nothing like warmer weather and a college campus to bring out the Frisbees and sunbathers. So how do you keep those sunny distractions from sabotaging your academic success? Below are five strategies to combat temptation, keep you grades on track and maximize the fun.
1. Create a game plan
Take a moment to map out your class requirements and deadlines for the rest of the semester. Create a realistic time line and add in your social commitments. Be willing to modify your timeline each day to be sure you are on track. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall off course – just recalculate and begin again.
2. Strike a deal
Negotiate with yourself. Finish one academic task and reward yourself with a social activity. Consider tackling the most dreaded task or hurdle first and enjoy Spring Fever even more as you check one more academic “to do” off your list.
Negotiate with friends. There can be power in numbers. Create an incentive plan. Study together or separately (be honest with yourself — you know what works best). Then connect for a great break once you’ve met your study goals.
3. Add an extra hour
Beautiful warm weather can make you want to skip the books and play. Try getting up an hour earlier before temptation strikes. Hit the library or your computer for a quick 60-minute workout that’ll put you ahead of the game.
4. Take it outside
Remember those glossy college brochure photos of students happily studying on the quad? That could be you! Find a beautiful tree and practice posing while you rehearse your upcoming speech or prep for that dreaded final. You’ll get a leg up on those academic accomplishments, while indulging in a little Spring Fever.
5. Everything in moderation
Some clichés are just plain true. Everything in moderation. Find a little balance, use a little strategy, and you’re likely to find happiness and success as you finish up this semester.
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