Anyone else out there have the back to school blues?
Usually, by the time that August/September comes around, I’m ready to start school. I’m excited to get back into it. All of that is usually squashed the first day of school, but at least before school starts, I’m excited.
This year, I’m not feeling it. I’m dreading going to my classes and all of the reading that I’m going to have to do. I do all of my school online so I read a lot. All of my classes are primarily reading. What the heck. And I even like reading, but every day I reach a point where I just can’t read anymore and I’ll be reading the words and comprehending nothing.
My classes are also self-paced, so it’s up to me to keep myself accountable to do school. If I put it off for a day or week, there are no immediate consequences. I say immediate because last semester I learnt that there are indeed long term consequences. I had 3 finals and 2 big papers to write in a matter of a month because I had left it all to the last minute. Whoops….
This is my last year of school, and I am so thankful to be almost done. My husband was describing to my parents what it’s like when I’m in school. He said it’s like when you’re about to go to the dentist. Everything is tense. You’re just waiting for it to be over. And you’re pretty sure it’s going to be more painful before it gets less painful.
So, here is my plan to break my back to school blues:
Find Your Productive Time
For me, seems easier to just tackle the work for that day right away and then be able to enjoy the evening a little bit. For some reason, I’m way less distracted in the morning and that’s when I get my best work done. Find the time that works best for you and make sure that you do your work then. Don’t procrastinate!
Treat Yo Self
I’m a big fan of celebrating the small things. Why wait to celebrate? I’m not saying throw a party every time you make it through the day, but have something to look forward to. For me, I bought a bag of salt and vinegar chips. Yummm. At least for this first week, I can know that I have a treat at the end of the day (chips never last longer than a week at my house). Hopefully, by the end of the week, I’m more or less back into the groove of school and I can stop treating myself every day.
It’s actually a kind of a funny time for me because a majority of my friends are on diets right now. I was telling my husband “I could never be on a diet when school was starting.” He smirked at me and said: “You could never be on a diet ever.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. I love salt and vinegar chips too much.
Create a to-do list
This one may not stick, but for the first week, I made a detailed to do list for each day in my new planner. Do you know why I create to-do lists? So I can strike them off. There is no other reason. I want to know that when I finish reading my chapter that I get to strike something off the list, otherwise it doesn’t feel like I accomplished anything.
Anyone else having the blues? What’s your plan to beat the blues?