It is almost there you can taste it; it tastes like cinnamon
and freedom!!! Holiday break is right around the corner, but first, finals! I
don’t know about you, but the word ‘finals’ makes my body instantly go heavy
and filled with dread. Let’s just call it what it is, no sugar plum coating
it–finals stink! They are horrible, especially when you are already burnt out
and winter break is just around the corner. So, how do you stay motivated when
you need to pack, buy gifts and go to all those holiday parties? Here are some
tips for juggling the holidays and finals.
1. Make a nice list. This is the fun
list! Make a list of all the things you cannot wait to do for the holidays. A
list of going to see holiday lights, Christmas parties, making cookies,
packing, going shopping or just having some holiday fun should be some list
items, for sure.
2. Make a not-so-nice list. This is
the finals list, BAH HUMBUG! This list is your study list, and all the things
you really do not want to do. For example, read history book chapters 1-5,
finish outline and book for English, and try to figure out how to actually
study for that math final, etc.
Now that you have your lists, it is time to plan. Get out a trusty calendar or
make your own bullet planner. Take some items off your ‘not-so-nice list’ like
read history book chapters 1 and 2 once you complete that, then you can take a
break for two hours to go see Christmas lights. Read chapter 2 at Starbucks
while rewarding yourself with a peppermint mocha latte.
It is the holidays–reward yourself with a job well done! Yes, it sucks to spend
three hours finishing that book you were supposed to read two month ago, but
reading it while curled up in a comfy blanket drinking some holiday drinks sure
makes it better. Maybe you have a big holiday party this weekend and you are
looking forward to finally meeting your crush under the mistletoe. If you
finish all your history reading, you can reward yourself by getting your nails
done or getting your hair and makeup done. It might seem silly, but if you keep
yourself motivated, who cares!
If the motivation of a list starts to fall flat, get a study buddy or a study
group. Nothing keeps you on track than a friend keeping you accountable. Who
says a study group can’t be fun? Why not make your study group fun and festive
for the holidays? Everyone can make their favorite holiday treats and bring
them to study group. Yes, you are still studying, but you also get a nice sugar
high to keep you up those late hours.
Finals are the Grinch of the holiday season; they are a necessary evil in an otherwise
joyous holiday. We have all been there and made it out alive! Be sure to just
keep yourself motivated, put in the work and don’t forget to reward yourself. Hope
you all have a happy and safe holiday season!
How do you juggle finals with the
holidays? Let us know your study hacks in the comments!