As 2020 comes to an end, many of us are wondering the same thing: How will 2021 be better than 2020? Should we be excited or have no expectations at all for the coming year? We students are trying to anticipate what our academic lives will be like for the last few terms and next school year. Because we’re thinking about it so much, lots of us are becoming less and less motivated to care about our school careers. We can all agree that at this point, we aren’t learning anything in school, we’re just trying to pass. The breaks are the only things we are genuinely looking forward to. Winter break is allowing us to thoroughly distract ourselves from school for a bit, but next week we go right back into the swing of things. I understand that it’s depressing trying to keep yourself motivated to push through school, but here are a couple of things that helped me ease my mind.
First off, take a deep breath. Worrying about school won’t make it any easier to get through it. Take a step back and realize that this is how it is. The sooner we realize our circumstance the easier it will be to actually take action. Simply stop stressing so much about school and worry about your mental health first. You stressing yourself out is what’s keeping you from moving forward. Do things that make you happy in your free time. Shop, sleep, watch your favorite TV show, eat; whatever it is make sure that you’re doing it enough to keep you healthy.
Once you’ve calmed down and tended to your mental health, you can start thinking about moving forward with school. For me specifically, it helps to alternate between two methods of getting work done. The first is to do my work all at one time so I don’t have to think about it anymore. I hate notifications, so seeing unfinished assignments lingering in my classroom inbox bothers me. This is a good thing to do when you’re not feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Taking the time to finish your work in one sitting is also a good way to assess your schedule and plan for breaks/“you time”.
The second method I use is to do my work in increments. This is a really good method if you are feeling a little overwhelmed after a series of classes, and you need to take a break from work. Take all the assignments due to the nearest date and do them all in one sitting and forget about the rest after that. That way you’ve completed what you needed to immediately but also are leaving room to take time for yourself. If you feel up to it, you can complete as many as you want, but note that this method is one that allows room for you to take a break. While this a decent way to get things done for me, I don’t recommend using this method more than the former. Though it works, it leaves a gap where you can end up procrastinating and not get things done.
I know it can seem hard to do anything right now with COVID, the stress from school, and anything else in your life, but at the end of the day there are things that just need to get done. Hopefully the tips I gave help as many people as possible like they’ve helped me. Your mental state is a priority and that shouldn’t change. When you’re doing ok, everything else seems doable and that can lead to balancing everything on your plate a lot easier. There’s always a second way to do something so keep your head up and try not to let yourself over-stress.
By Jayden Hammond, Junior, GCE Lab School