April is an interesting month, especially as a student.
It’s warmer outside.
The colors are more vivid.
Winter is over!
Who wants to sit in a room to read and write?
There are festivals and concerts to attend. Lunches on patios. Cookouts happening so you can reconnect with friends.
The end of the term is so close that you can taste it and still so far away that you’re not sure how you’re going to make it.
I’m sure the thoughts of giving up cross your mind several times a day. Who needs this degree anyway?
One of my biggest challenges in productivity and execution is finishing strong.
I’m more of the ideas person. I’m the one who pulls others along with my excitement and enthusiasm. However, as a project starts to settle into routine tasks and systems, I begin to lose my interest. My motivation will continue to dissipate the longer the project and the closer to the end.
Hence, April is usually a tricky month for me.
So what helps?
The following is what I do to get through the times like this.
Write a list of everything you need to complete by the end of April.
What are the projects, assignments, tasks, etc. that you HAVE to complete before the end of April? This is not a list of things you want to do or things that other people would like for you to do. To finish strong, make yourself and your success a priority.
Make sure that there is a corresponding due date for each item that you place on the list.
Make it real and schedule it.
Use a planner, a printout of April, or whatever you have and schedule the tasks on the assigned due dates. This may seem repetitive because of the last step, but it helps the brain to visually see what you have to do. You will be thankful later when your brain doesn’t have to worry about keeping up with all the tasks and due dates.
Find some sista friends to help support you and keep you accountable.
During this time, the process can feel real lonely and isolating. It is helpful to be around others who understand what you are going through because they are doing the same. Don’t have a group where you are? Join the Sista Scholar Facebook group. The members of this group are waiting and willing to help you finally achieve the peace, productivity, and health you’ve been wanting.
Do one thing at a time.
It could seem like we are great at multitasking and that only applies to like 1-2% of the population. When we try to write a paper while checking Facebook and texting we are using more time than if we did each of those task one at a time. I use the Pomodoro Technique when I work. It’s where you focus only on one task for 25 minutes and take a 5-minute break. I work to complete that tasks for 25 minutes and use the five minutes for texting or Facebook. I use the timer on my phone to keep me accountable. I notice that I get more done when I use this method than when I just to work on my own.
Looking for some accountability and community?
Join the Sista Scholars for our next Hustle Hour. You can use this time to complete steps 1 and 2. You can use the time to talk to someone, to get advice, or to have a listening ear. Or you can use it for accountability. At the beginning of the hour, we all say what we will be working on for our time together. When we conclude our time, we give updates on our progress. Throughout the hour, you will receive encouragement and feedback.
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