How to Stay Motivated Mid-Semester

Power through the rest of your semester with our tips for getting your motivation up and avoiding a mid-semester slump.
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So we're about halfway done with the semester - congratulations on making it this far! Surely you've been working hard, but as mid-semester rolls around, it can be difficult to find the motivation to continue to get things done.

We all have those lazy days when we feel apathetic, uninspired, and not in the mood for doing anything. Whether it's due to lack of energy, loss of interest, or fluctuations in mood, staying on task can be challenging at times and lack of motivation can be a real hindrance when trying to accomplish things on a tight college schedule.

Check out these tips below to help you stay motivated, chip away at that never-ending to-do list, and power through the rest of the semester:

Set Small Goals

Imagine yourself where you want to be and start taking small initiatives to work up to a larger goal. Success is often measured by the accomplishment of many small milestones, not the overall final goal, so focus on progressto keep motivation from dwindling.

Take things one step at a time - you only have to get through one day, one exam, one workout, one project. Breaking down large efforts into smaller tasks can help things seem less daunting and more manageable. Then, be sure to reward yourself for accomplishing small goals and celebrate every milestone you reach.

Organize Your Time

Organization is key for successfully completing any task, no matter how big or small, so set some time aside to plan out the week ahead in order to stay on track and avoid overwhelming yourself by leaving everything to the last minute. Remember that procrastination is never the answer!

Being busy is a good thing, but having too much on your plate can leave you feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. It is a great thing to be an intern, have a job, or be an active member in a club or organization, but you are a college student, after all, and should realize that doing well academically should be your top priority.

If added extracurricular activities are creating excess stress in your life, it may be the wisest decision to cut them out from your schedule. While it might sound counter-intuitive to the previous point, there will always be more opportunities to take advantage of in the future, so don't overwhelm your day-to-day schedule with more things than you can fully commit your time and resources to.

That being said, understand that "fun" activities such as socializing with friends and pursuing hobbies and other interests deserve adequate time in your schedule alongside studying and class time. A healthy balance between "work" and "play" is essential for maintaining a sound mental well-being, so learn to budget your time effectively to make room for both!

Find Inspiration

It's easy to lose perspective when all you can see in your crystal ball is more papers, presentations, and exams clouding up your future, but realize that all your hard work will pay off in the end as it prepares you for bigger and better things that are yet to come!

Sometimes we just need someone or something to help spark an interest to keep us moving along in our day-to-day activities. Inspirational quotes and images displayed somewhere that you will often see can serve as helpful reminders and motivators for being productive. In addition, seeing and reading aloud a daily affirmation can help instill positivity and proactivity and can help motivate you to tackle any challenge that comes your way.

Pinterest is also a great tool to help ignite the fire within you to pursue your interests, whether it be starting your own blog, improving study habits, exercising, eating healthily, or picking up a new hobby.

Surf the internet, read, explore new places, try new things, and talk to lots of people to get those creative juices flowing! Inspiration can come from a variety of sources. Maybe it's a news article that will inspire you to make a difference in the world or a professor that will influence you to explore a certain career path. Find something that speaks to you to help steer you down the path toward productivity and success.

Develop a Support Group

As humans, we are incredibly social beings that rely on support from others to lead healthy, happy lives. Finding friends and family that support your goals can make a world of difference when it comes to staying motivated.

Trying to focus more on your schoolwork? Join a study group! Looking to become more active? Join an exercise class! If you have trouble sticking to a task on your own, the support from others cheering you on can help keep you on the right track for accomplishing your goals. Having support from others can also make mundane tasks more fun and enjoyable, which can help prevent loss of interest and lack of motivation.

Be Realistic but Always Strive for Improvement

Be realistic in undertaking your pursuits - nothing happens overnight and nothing comes easy. If you put in the effort and truly commit yourself to accomplishing something, you'll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor soon enough. Be patient; some things take time.

While no one is perfect, never underestimate your potential for self-improvement. All of us, even the most successful people out there, can always work to improve ourselves in one way or another.

Believe in Yourself!

Always work to be the best you can be and never give up on goals that are truly important to you, regardless of how exhausted or frustrated you may become.

We all get worn out from time to time, but realize that there is light at the end of any tunnel and that hard work really does pay off. Life is about taking chances, making mistakes, and never settling for anything less than the best that YOU can be.

Achieving success is all about having the right attitude. As Henry Ford once wisely said, "The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right." Believe in yourself and others will too!


Are you prone to burnout? How do you stay motivated during a slump? Tell me in a comment below!

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