You know, it’s never too early to be thinking about school. I know what you are thinking, I still have like a month left of summer, but school is like a cheetah and it’ll sneak up on you and the next thing you know, you’re being suffocated by tests, projects and quizzes (oh my!) and you won’t have hardly any time to think. So, be like Hermione Granger and prepare early so that you can chill with you friends and not drown in your flash cards.
But like I did say, you do still have a while, so we won’t jump in just yet with all the flash cards and rewriting notes and blah. But we will start with some motivation to get you through those times when you think, “Why am I doing this now? I still have months to go!” Plus, you get to go on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google; so I mean, it’s not really school work. You are going to need…
- A cork board (around $15)
- A colour printer (I just went to staples to print them and it was like 5 bucks)
And that’s it!
I bet you’d like to know what kind of motivational thing could be found on your cellphone, because, like, isn’t it a distraction? Yes, yes it is. So you should probably set a timer for 15 minutes at a time (or don’t and waste your entire afternoon because that’s totally what I did). I recommend that you set a timer for 15 minutes at a time and use the Pomodoro technique. Basically, for 15 minutes, you’re going to something that you actually have to get done, like an essay or laundry, whatever. So you do that for 15 minutes and once the timer goes off you set it again and you work on this awesome motivation thing for 15.
This awesome motivation thing that I’ve been going on for is a bulletin board full of funny and/or motivation pictures that you put in the area that you do your homework in that you will see every day. That way, if you do look up from the boring math question you’ve been working on for 6 hours, you have something that will make you laugh a little but will also keep you focused on school. You can google funny study memes, if that’s what you want on your board, or pictures of glorious desk with perfect notes and Macs on them or pretty quotes that will remind you that what you’re doing is worth it in the end. Spend the next 15 minutes looking at your motivational whatnot and save whatever you like. Once the 15 minutes is up, go back to what you were doing before and continue the cycle of 15 work and 15 fun until you’re done with both
Once you think that you have enough motivational pictures, open up a word document (or pages or whatever) and start putting those pictures onto the page. You could make them all the same size if you wanted, but mine are all different so you do you. You need quite a few depending on how big your bulletin board is. On my 24X16 in board, I used 20 in a variety of sizes. Also, a warning: make sure you leave some space between pictures so that you can cut them out after, and not have little strips from other pictures on the edges
Next, save the document and print it out. Then cut out the pictures and make them into a pile. Here, you could go a few different ways, depending on what you like. You could grab some paint and a paint brush and paint the bulletin board a different colour or put some ribbon around the edges of it with a hot glue gun to add some pretty details. I didn’t do this but I know it would look awesome so it might be something to try.
The next step is to start actually putting the pictures onto the cork board. I don’t think you guys need much explanation on how to do that, but basically put the pictures on their how you like without the pins (so that you can move it around easily). If you are totally happy with your creation, go ahead and pin them on and voila! You’re done! You could hang it up or just rest it on the edge of your desk again the wall, like I did. I always try to switch up my pictures every couple of months just
because it get a little boring to look at the same thing every day but that’s just me.
I hope this will get you in the mood to start thinking about thehell hole called school that is creeping up slowly on you. If you think it’s still too soon, I really hope that it helps you focus on your homework and not the cutie who sits near you in math (although I did have a picture of Ryan Gosling on mine so…).
If you find this helpful at all, let me know and comment or like it. If you think I’m crazy for posting this so soon, give me a thumbs up. Hey, and if you have Pinterest, hit that follow button because I am obsessed with it and would love to procrastinate with you. And finally, if you like this sort of thing, let me know and I can do more. Actually, if anyone has some new ideas for Back to School stuff, let me know, I would super be down to do them!
Anyways, GOOD LUCK!
(SIDE NOTE: If you have troubles actually wanting to get to work, listen up! During this bulletin board project, I discovered a marvelous little tag called ‘studyspo’ and with it a whole world of motivation for school and studying. I found myself looking at these pictures and wanting my notes to look like that. I still go onto Pinterest to look at the ‘studyspo’ spot and it gets me actually in the mood to do work)