Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tips for Avoiding Senioritis

I always said I would never be the person to suffer from Senioritis. Throughout high school, I've always been motivated and too "Type-A" to want to slack on anything school related, whether it be homework, tests, research papers or all year projects. I never worried about losing this strong desire to put a lot of work into school... until now. I have no idea where it came from or why I suddenly I don't prioritize school, but it's gotten bad (for me at least!). It sounds awful, but lately I've been so lazy and literally have zero motivation to get things done. Of course I mean to do them, but actually getting up and completing homework, projects, etc. requires so much more work than I'm wanting to put in. No matter how much sleep I get, I always feel sort of groggy and unfocused when it comes to getting a lot of tasks checked off my to-do list. I've never really been like this so I feel as though I'm stuck in a weird funk that I can't get out of. I've known where I'm going to college since November, so luckily (or unfortunately in this case!) I don't have that pushing me to work hard like other seniors.

However, I will occasionally get random spurts of energy when I'm super driven to get a ton of things accomplished. I am currently writing this post on one of those spurts and thought I would share my tips for avoiding and dealing with Senioritis since I would definitely classify it under the"wellness" category that has been really applicable for me lately!

+ Figure out when you're most motivated
For me, I will suddenly be really driven to work, and I'll crank out a ton of things in my agenda. This often happens during my free periods at school or late at night. Sometimes, if I know I only have a few things to do for the night, I'll go home right after school and get everything done so I can relax and go to bed early. It varies on the week for me, but figure out what time you are most motivated and optimize on that part of the day.

+ Workout everyday
I know it may seem like I say this repetitively, but I truly believe that working out everyday forces you to be more productive. After I workout, I feel so much more awake and inspired to go home, shower, make a healthy dinner and get everything I need to done. For some of my friends, working out at night is more appealing because it's a great break from homework. Personally, I have to do it right after school otherwise I will push it off until it's too late to go to the gym. Either way, prioritize making time for getting in a little sweat sesh as many days per week as you can.

+ Take advantage of nights with little work
If I have a night with little or no homework (very rarely, but it happens on occasion), I'll do a long workout, eat a healthy dinner, take a bubble bath and go to bed as early as possible. This way, I can catch up on sleep and am well rested for upcoming days that will most likely be a lot busier.

+ Work ahead
Last year when I was a junior, one of my best friends was a senior and seemed to have so much free time second semester. I was always in awe of how early she went to bed and finally asked her how she was able to relax by 8:30 and watch Netflix nearly every night. She told me that she would work ahead on weekends or nights when she didn't have much to do - pretty smart, right? I've started doing this for larger projects and assignments so things are spread out and I am less stressed. It creates a nice cushion in case one night I am not motivated to do anything but binge on shows!

Using these tips, I'm ready to tackle the rest of my senior year (it sounds absolutely crazy to say that). Today I'm using my last tip and working ahead so I can have a relaxing 18th birthday tomorrow!

To all the seniors out there - how are you handling senioritis?


  1. Hey Caroline! I totally agree with those tips:) As a senior, I am struggling with senioritis as well but making it a positive aspect in my life! I'm taking it as a stepping stone and using it to motivate me to look forward to the future and all the amazing opportunities it has in store for me! Also, I think it would be awesome for us to do a collaboration some time!

  2. I never thought I would catch Senioritis. I have always been an A student. For some reason I have been losing motivation in school. I just want this year to be over with. I recently have been doing my HW at night later than usual. I find that is the time I get most work done.

    girl C


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