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Avoid the Fall Slump—Tips for Staying Motivated

As the weather turns colder and the leaves begin to change, you may find yourself wanting to chill out and cuddle up in front of the tv (halloween and holiday movies playing, no doubt). But don’t give in! The fall season is just as important as any, and although wind down time is necessary, it’s just as important to stay on top of your responsibilities and remain organized. Here are a few tips to aid in maintaining your productivity through the autumn season and beyond:

1.  Enjoy that hot apple cider…while you do some required reading.

Let yourself enjoy all that the fall season has to offer, but do it while multitasking! Drink hot apple cider and read or study, or enjoy the scent of a fall candle while you work on homework for your classes.

2.  Keep a calendar

While you’re making note of your planned trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, keep track of due dates as well. Keeping a calendar that includes both your school work and your fun free-time plans will make it easier to complete work that might seem mundane. By organizing your calendar this way, you’ll be able to focus on your school work and look forward to some well-deserved free time.

3.  Surround yourself with support

Invite friends over to your place or to the library to do school work together; although you may occasionally get distracted, the company should motivate you to begin your work and keep at it over time. (Plus a break or two amidst a study session never hurt anyone.)

4.  Study outside (weather permitting!)

Throw on your favorite hoodie and head into the great outdoors! The cool fall weather will keep you alert and focused, and the sights and sounds of the falling autumn leaves will relax you as you focus on the task at hand.

5.  Take breaks

Although staying on top of your responsibilities is important, it’s equally as important to take breaks and reward yourself in order to remain motivated and productive. Set goals for yourself and reward their achievement with weekend plans with friends a caramel-covered apple.

Utilizing these few tips can help aid you in staying on top of your work whilst still enjoying the fall season! Don’t forget to contact the Campus Health Center or CAPS if you find yourself feeling usually overwhelmed.

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