7 Ways to Stay Motivated

What is work life balance you ask?It’s where you drink and write at the same time#gradschoolproblemsI wanted to do a super lighthearted post on how I stay motivated because I think it’s that time in the semester and work year that everyone is getting stressed. I have 4 weeks left of school and I could not be more excited and ready for Summer!I’m not trying to be some kind of life expert like I have all this experience and I’m also not trying to brag about how I never get stressed, because I definitely do! This post is simply me sharing how I manage when I’m stressed because it really is an important skill to have!1. If you don’t have a planner, go get oneI cannot stress enough how important it is to have a planner and actually use it. Even if you are someone who can remember on your own when you have assignments due and work meetings, get a planner and write it all down anyways. Organization is key, because most likely when you are really busy and you aren’t writing things down, you are going to forget. My planner is SUPER detailed. I write down my class schedule every day every single week, assignments, appointments, and anywhere else I need to be at a certain time. It takes so much stress off of me because I don’t have to try and remember; I can just look in my planner!2. Make time for yourself, every dayI know how hard this can be. Some days you literally just don’t have time to do anything that you want to do, but it’s important to make time. Even if it’s for only 10 minutes! Whether it’s writing in a journal, reading, working out, etc. whatever lets you release some stress, do it! Make it a part of your routine. I try to end every day by writing. It’s become part of my nightly routine. I wash my face, get my pjs on, light a candle, cozy up in bed, and I write. Making time for yourself gives you something to look forward to during the day, and it will encourage you to get your work done so that you can have as much “me” time as possible!3. Treat yo’ self

For the love of God, do not do what I do and go shopping every single week and buy Starbucks every single day. I am trying really hard to kick this habit. So far I am doing pretty well. Instead of splurging on things I don’t need I am trying to treat myself in other ways! Do things like putting on a face mask, give yourself a pedi, take a bubble bath, etc. Or if you are wanting to mini-splurge, get a new nail polish, buy a book, get a cup of coffee, new top, whatever! The point is to limit yourself. Teaches you to appreciate the little simple things. You bet your bottom dollar though that as soon as this semester is over I am taking myself shopping.I deserve it! 4. Surround yourself with positive peopleThis should be #1. How can you stay balanced and motivated if you aren’t surrounding yourself with people who are doing the same? You deserve to have people in your life who make your world more positive. Negativity will only bring you down and stress you out more. Don’t waste ya time! Having positivity in your circle means being around people who understand what you’re going through and can help you make the best out of your situation, they are the ones who will be your biggest fans and will cheer you on to the finish, they will never make you feel bad and will be there for support. 5. Motivational quotesI literally get made fun of for this all the time. Yeah, I really love quotes! I have them everywhere. I have them in my room, my office, my planner, my phone, my computer, everywhere! I like having positive, uplifting messages everywhere I am. It really does keep me motivated whether I’m writing a blog or writing a paper. I thrive on positivity. There’s nothing wrong with that! Sometimes if I’m really stressed I do a quick Pinterest search of motivational quotes and I sit and read them for a few minutes. It calms me down!6. Have a healthy diet
I think it’s really important to make sure you have a healthy diet not just when you are stressed, but all the time! It’s a lifestyle. I have really struggled with changing my diet. I used to eat out all the time in undergrad and I definitely put on a few pounds because of it. Not to mention my skin broke out horribly and I wasn’t sleeping good at night. Since coming to grad school I have learned to eat healthier, drink water during the day, and get my 8 hours of sleep at night. I have lost the little bit of weight that I gained in college and I feel better now than I ever have. It’s so hard to make that change, but once you do you will never go back! It will make every aspect of your life so much better! I still eat chicken nugz every now
and then because ^ treat yo’ self.7. Set goals for yourselfSetting goals is the ultimate way to stay motivated! The key to achieving them is making them realistic. I like to set weekly goals for myself, and I have to in school! I don’t have many assignments throughout the semester, just a lot of projects and exams towards the end! To make sure I don’t procrastinate I set goals every week to make sure I’m getting a little bit done along the way, that way I won’t be super stressed at the end of the semester. You would be surprised at how great you feel by accomplishing these goals, and it will keep you motivated to set more!** If all else fails, grab a jumbo bottle of Barefoot Moscato and start pouring**Wine fixes everything.These are just some personal ways that I stay balanced and motivated! My ways may not work for everyone, but they do work for me! How do you stay balanced and motivated?– Rach xo

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