For many of us around the world, winter break is coming to an end and school is starting back up. The problem we face now is this: how to shake off the post vacation laziness and get back into the swing of things.

06B94CE8-B80D-437E-AD95-808D4D9BD227Even with my many years of school experience, it’d be hard for me to give an exact solution to this issue. This semester, however, I’m determined to raise my grades as high as I possibly can and so I spent the last week of my vacation preparing.

Step 1 was to find my motivation. Personally, I find it difficult to get anything done if I don’t know what I’m working towards. So I created a sort of moodboard. I printed out pictures that represent things I’d like to achieve (the logo of my dream university, for example) and put them up above my desk where I do all my school work. Whenever I feel discouraged I can just look up and be reminded of what I’m looking forward to.

Step 2 was to get organized. I sat down for a few hours and made a study schedule. I took note of the subjects that would need more attention from me and gave more time to those. I made sure to leave some space for relaxation and family, though it was a tight squeeze.

Step 3 is really a work in progress: stay focused, stay motivated, stay on task. It’s easy to start off on the right track and then fall off the wagon a few weeks in. I definitely have a problem staying consistent, and it shows in my grades. I’ll do extremely well on one test and then almost terrible on the next and my teachers seem to be at their wits end trying to figure me out. A lot of it comes down to me procrastinating and not allowing enough time for myself to get things done. These are things I’m hoping to improve.

Admittedly, it might be almost too late for me to be stepping up, but better late than never, right?

These steps might not work for everyone. It’s up to you to figure out what works for you, but feel free to take inspiration from me or anyone else. There’s no right or wrong way to get yourself focused.



  1. I love the idea of mood boards, but never really made one. I just don’t know where to start! Do you have any tips?

    1. I love mood boards as well! I’ve found it’s easiest to choose a colour and find images with that colour in varying shades. You can use sites like pinterest or weheartit to source your images.

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