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  • The Must Do's

    by Katie Byers | Sep 05, 2016
    <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Syllabus week is over and the first wave of exams and papers are coming in full steam ahead.&nbsp; Chugga chugga choo choo, &ldquo;All aboard the struggle train. I&rsquo;m Katie and I&rsquo;ll be your conductor this semester!&rdquo; With these beautiful sunny days lately, it&rsquo;s tough to buckle down and study throughout the day. I&rsquo;d much rather be hanging out with friends, biking to Dairy Queen for a cone, watching </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Burn Notice</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Netflix, or sleeping! Pretty soon, I look at my phone and it&rsquo;s 10:00 at night. Yikes, I think to myself, there are roughly 12 hours of daylight in any given day and I just wasted all of them&hellip;without even touching any of my homework. So once again, here comes another late night and a bright and early morning. I&rsquo;m dragging all day and can barely keep my eyes open in class. So here are 10 must-do&rsquo;s to stop procrastinating and finally get off the struggle train.</span></p> <ol> <li>Set Clear Goals: What do you want to get out of this semester? Write them down and hang them up by your bed. It will be a constant reminder of why you&rsquo;re working so hard in college. </li> <li>Make a to-do list: I don&rsquo;t know what it is about making lists, but I get all giddy when I get to cross things off it. It keeps you focused on what you need to do during the day and also allows you to see how much you&rsquo;ve accomplished. </li> <li>Find your go-to: It&rsquo;s the first full week of classes. Find your favorite go-to spot on campus to study, aside from your dorm room. You&rsquo;ll need somewhere to go so you aren&rsquo;t tempted to sleep or work on other side projects. My go-to? The Science Center first floor conference rooms. </li> <li>Break up the work: Instead of cramming everything into one night, get a head start and chunk it up into smaller pieces. You&rsquo;ll feel like you&rsquo;re getting more done than you actually are and it will keep you more motivated!</li> <li>Find a Buddy: Find someone from class who is willing to study with you. They will help keep you accountable for studying when you say you will&hellip;but choose your buddy wisely!</li> <li>&ldquo;Do Not Disturb&rdquo;: It&rsquo;s a grade saver. It may feel like you&rsquo;ve been working on homework forever, but in reality you haven&rsquo;t gotten much accomplished. Doing homework with no distractions will decrease your time spent working on things and will increase the quality of your work. </li> <li>Stop making excuses: Get a grip. The 7 excuses you just spewed off to your roommate about why you couldn&rsquo;t get your work done is bologna. I know, because I do the same thing. Start your work earlier and you won&rsquo;t need to make any excuses.</li> <li>Reward Yourself: Once you&rsquo;ve finished everything on your to-do list, reward yourself! Whether it&rsquo;s an episode of Grey&rsquo;s on Netflix or eating a tub of raspberry fudge cordial ice cream, it&rsquo;s up to you; you deserve it!</li> <li>Keep on Top of Things: Weekends are for having fun, right? Wrong. Get ahead on the weekends, look at the upcoming week&rsquo;s assignments and start on them! You&rsquo;ll appreciate it later.&nbsp;</li> <li><span style="line-height: 1.4;">Just Do It: Sometimes you have to just suck it up. Of course it&rsquo;s not fun, but if you want to reach your goals, it&rsquo;s necessary.</span></li> </ol> <span style="line-height: 1.4;"> <img src="/images/default-source/social-media-and-official-blogs/katiebyers6fe6cf922d02625b9ff6ff0000763cab.jpg?sfvrsn=bde4ad62_2" data-displaymode="Original" alt="KatieByers" title="KatieByers" /><br /> <em>Katie Byers '18</em>&nbsp;<em>is a&nbsp;biology-chemistry&nbsp;major &amp; business minor. A member of the women's basketball team, she plans to study abroad in New Zealand in February 2017, and her dream job is to work at an orthopedic hospital.&nbsp;</em></span>