In a very Game of Thrones manner: “Winter is here.” Besides Christmas and New Year, the coming of winter also signifies exams for a Belgian university student. Yes, we have a 3 weeks break. But no, it is not a holiday unlike the calendar proclaims it to be. It is more of a “study-holiday”. Can we say “stuliday”?
It is three weeks of studying to pass the exams. Three weeks to be on your guard for all the distractions, which by the way have thousandfold-ed since the “holiday” started. I think a lots of students can relate to this problem. The moment you realize you actually don’t have time, your brain suddenly finds ten thousand things it wants to do.
(Re)Watching movies. Reading. Watching YouTube videos. Day dreaming. You name it.
So, I am in my first week of studying and I already squandered my two precious first days on the above mentioned itinerary. And than realization hit me. In order to have a long, relaxed 3 months long summer holiday, I need to pass all my exams. And to pass, I need to work hard. Luck has been with me in the past, but I can’t solely depend on it. So only thing left to do: STUDY. WORK HARD.
I have been working well the past few days. But today lack of concentration hit me. And I had also forgotten my purpose and lacked vision. I had forgotten why I was studying hard the past few days. Then as a typical person might do, I googled “motivation for studying”. A thing I somehow frequently tend to do. Funny enough.. cause by now I’m sure I am a pro in do’s and don’ts while studying. Yet I hope or anticipate to find a new magic formula that will miraculously help me concentrate better. And I ran into this tip to write down your:
And that’s what I did. A few days ago I made my list of “Reasons why to study now and not later“. Maybe that was the reason for my good concentration in the past few days. And here I was today lacking focus and purpose. So, I decided to make a new list. It obviously still contains the same items but writing it down once again helped me revisualize my WHY, my REASONS. This time my list was more structured as well. These are a few examples…
1) Pass all exams
2) Long summer holiday filled with new opportunities & adventures
3) Exchange program next year!! Pass all exams= destination confirmation in July!
4) You have time now.
5) Tomorrow you will have less time!
6) Tomorrow you will regret not working today! For Sure.
7) Self – fulfilment
So, hopefully tomorrow will be a new productive day. And when I get stuck again I won’t hesitate to make another “Reasons why to study now and not later” list.
Yesterday is gone. Today is real. And tomorrow simply doesn’t exist.
So, Forget Yesterday. Work Today. Don’t think about Tomorrow.
This is why I choose to study today and not later (or tomorrow). What about you? Wanna give it a try too?