For many students, the winter months means cozying up in a warm place in the house, living in layers of scarves and jackets and hitting the snooze button in the cold mornings. However, as adult learners, you don’t get the opportunity to hibernate. Luckily for you, we have some tips that can be used to keep you running at optimal speed.
Start your day with a nutritious meal. If you skip lunch or breakfast, chances are you will be running on very low energy by the evening time when many of our adult learners begin to work on coursework. Your attention will be on food rather than writing essays and completing research. To combat this, keep nutritious options available to you within reach like oatmeal, nuts, and fruits!
Take breaks. After sitting at a desk at work all day, or completing other demands in the workplace, you feel the effects of low energy, and more so in the winter months. However, if you take small breaks to walk around the office building, stand up and stretch at your desk, or just focus on something other than the computer screen, you will feel a boost to tackle the rest of the day. In the winter months, we suggest getting some natural light to get a natural zap of energy.
Tackle hard or big tasks during your prime time, whether it be in the morning or later in the evening. Too much multitasking throughout the day often means that you can’t focus properly on one job well. Instead, your time is actually split between several different focus points. We suggest figuring out your “prime-time” outside of other responsibilities and use that time to focus on your big assignments for school Find ways to get each one done one at a time.
Allow yourself time to think. We spend so much of our time preoccupied with what’s next. We forget that it’s ok to allow time to just be, think, and not feel rushed to complete a task. By doing this, you will find yourself retaining more information than you thought possible. Enjoy the quiet and utilize this time to stretch and recharge, because new deadlines and assignments will always come.
Unplug and be social. Your phone will always be there with texts, social media, and emails. Make sure to unplug from time to time to do something just for yourself. Perhaps meet socially with your classmates to reinforce relationships for better communication in group assignments.
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Instead, stay organized, eat, rest and unplug. The work will still be there when you return, and you will be more prepared to get it all done when you return.