The end of the road is in view for my school career. In my mind, I am already a graduated veterinary technician. I am full of knowledge and ready to go out into the workforce and use it. However, I am not quite done, and that is a problem because my brain thinks I am done. This causes a battle between rational and irrational me it is severely affecting my motivation.
I am currently in the process of doing my final internship and project. I don’t have classes, I don’t have to go to school, but I need to keep telling myself that I am not done.
Motivation is always a hard thing to find as a student. Lack of motivation comes hand in hand with procrastination which I believe every student has been familiar with at some point in their career. In order to get through the last month of my student career, I need to make some changes.
Scheduling: I bought a pretty agenda at the beginning of the semester because I thought it would motivate me to use it. I carry it around with me everywhere. However, I am still jotting half notes and reminders of sticky notes and sticking them in random pockets and places. I need to use my agenda. It will keep me on schedule and more on track. In addition, it will give me a realistic vision of the time I have left to finish my project. Since I have a bit of a problem with time management, using my agenda will help me out a lot. I had better habits about my agenda use, I just need to recreate these habits.
Diet: My time management sucks, and as a result, so does my diet. The food that goes into the body is important, as a veterinary technician I talk about specific diets for an animal’s well being a lot! But somehow, mine has lagged behind. Winter is over, so it’s time for fresh vegetables and fruits to help strengthen my mental state.
Hobbies: A balance between work/school, my project, and my hobbies are important. I believe it is important for everyone to have one. Right now, I am rock climbing. I find it boosts my adrenalin, my energy, my mood, and most importantly my motivation. I am much more likely to stay up late working on my project after climbing not because I have to, but because I feel energized and inspired to do so.
This is the last stretch for me, and I am going to make it. I just need to remember the importance of these three things that have such a large impact on my motivation. My scheduling, diet, and hobbies all affect my motivation. If I work on these, motivation will follow, and before I know it, I will be graduated.