The Student Cycle and How to Break It
Take a moment to think about your day-to-day schedule. If you're a student, chances are your day-to-day is stuck in a cycle of recurring activities such as studying, practicing, and much more. While having a repetitive process isn't a bad thing, it can get boring without a doubt. I am going to share my favorite ways to break the student cycle.
- First and foremost, students spend hours on end studying every week, so why not make it enjoyable and different? One way I switch up my study schedule and motivate myself is by changing my study location. Personally, I find much joy and motivation in a cute coffee shop or a Starbucks; get yourself a beverage and enjoy studying in a different location. As the weather gets warmer, lay out a blanket on the lawn in the sun and soak up the warmth while studying for your next test. It's proven that switching your study location increases your ability to retain information. (Purdy, 2010)
- Working out is one of my favorite ways to release stress and switch up my days. Just like being in a consistent cycle of working out, such as walking on the treadmill every day, I have found my working out time far more enjoyable when I rotate my types of exercises. Here are some of my favorite suggestions: Catch a yoga class... I typically grab a yoga class when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed, like after a test or long day of studying; this helps me get a much-needed stretch and unwinding time in. Another fan favorite is a cycle class; unwind by winding up to the fast-paced movement, loud music, and glamorous lights. I'll usually choose a cycling class on a day when I'm feeling energetic and craving a passionate workout. Sometimes I'll grab a new challenge to experience something new, such as a pilates or group workout class. Those are all great options to switch it up, as are the classic gym sessions, but even there, don't be afraid to do something new. Don't worry, I didn't forget the most important thing: the hot girl walks. Spring is upon us, which obviously means it's walking season. Throw on a cute, comfy outfit, listen to your favorite playlist or podcast, and enjoy the mood-changing sun.
- In addition to changing my study location and working out, I absolutely love to start a new series or listen to a podcast. Being a podcast listener is an exclusive club, at least to me. Here are some of my favorites and why a good pod is just what I need to make my everyday life more enjoyable. It's Me Tinx: one of my all-time favorites, Tinx covers amazing recommendations in a variety of states, friendships, relationships, and ongoing advice, as well as a live radio call listeners can call into and get advice. Another favorite that is similar to Tinx is Gals on the Go! Which highlights two young girls and their lives in New York City and is filled with recommendations and advice as well. High-Low with Emrata highlights real-world issues and her takes on them, as well as live interviews. Those are just a few of my most selected ones, but regardless, listening to podcasts has helped me enjoy my morning drives to school and daily walks and helps me stay focused while I do my work.
- Lastly, to create a more healthy and goal-reaching life to modify the cycle, I absolutely find it necessary to make short-term and long-term goals for myself. When people, especially students, think of goals, our minds often go to “getting into an Ivy League school,” and while that is a substantial goal for students, I have found making smaller and long-term goals along the way has helped me reach my big goals. For example, if I have a lot of homework and two tests to study for in a short amount of time, I make it my goal to complete all of my homework in a certain amount of time and then move on to the next goal and task, which in this case would be studying for both of my tests. Not only does this make my bigger goal of studying and completing my homework easier by distributing it, but it also keeps me from getting worn out, which allows me to complete everything to the best of my ability. Following small goals and setting big goals also helps you work towards something you are passionate about, which in the end all contributes to breaking the cycle.
Overall, there are many things that you can do to break the consistent, boring schedule that you are stuck in. Lucky for you, these tips do just the trick and help make daily student tasks more fun and different. So, next time you're on a walk, find your new favorite podcast, go to a cute coffee shop to study instead of your usual spot, and change your daily workout. Happy cycle breaking!