We all have faced the choice between watching the next “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Narcos” episode and finishing up that paper that’s due tomorrow. I bet at least once we have all made the decision to watch the rest of the season, with little motivation to do homework. We are later filled with regret, guilt and are scrambling to finish out the week. We don’t blame Netflix for our troubles and we swear to work harder to get on top of things, but can slip at times. Here are some tips to getting your motivation back and working hard so that Netflix is there to aid in your relaxation.
Let your success be your motivation. Before you let your 15 seconds run out in between an episode on Netflix, take a second to think about what you want to get out of the class you should be studying for. If you want to do well and be successful in that course, it’s time to hit “back to browse,” log off and open the textbook. If you have any dream of being successful in college, don’t let anything, even Netflix, stand in the way.
Get organized. If you feel like you are not on task, take 10 minutes to look at your planner and organize your thoughts. It might not seem like it, but it puts your schedule into perspective and gives you an idea of what assignments you have due and when you are free and busy. Invest in a daybook to help with when meetings and classes are and when you have tests and assignments. This will also let you know what’s coming up in the coming weeks.
Avoid all-nighters. All-nighters are not a good idea for college students. Why, you ask? Pulling an all-nighter to get assignments done and having to get up for an 8 a.m. class risks the chance of sleeping in and skipping class. Plan ahead at all costs. If necessary, get as many assignments done as you can in one night, but let that night be a learning moment so you can plan ahead and prevent future all-nighters.
Be calm. In most college settings anxiety and depression are the major mental health issues that are caused by stress. If you find yourself with a ton of assignments and not a lot of time, take a step back and relax. If you start to worry and become anxious, take an hour to get your mind off of the stress you’re feeling, do an activity that will get your mind off the pressure. Come back with a clear mind and start working on assignments in small increments. If you feel like you need additional help, visit and talk with the campus counseling center.
Use additional resources. Friends from your classes are helpful to your success in a course. Ask a friend to assist you with your questions, or in learning the material if you miss and day. Upperclassmen who have taken the class are an option for survival tactics. Otherwise, visit your professor’s office hours if you are still struggling and let them know your interest in their class. It puts a face to a name and will most likely help you out in the long run.
Success is what we strive for at UNC Charlotte. We know how to put our noses to the grindstone and work hard to be victorious. We are also full of culture, personality and uniqueness. As you continue your work and education, remember to take every moment you have and use it to the best of your abilities. Whether it is an end of the year project for a really important class, or watching an entire season of your favorite show on Netflix in one night, do everything with the intention of doing well and you will succeed.