Stress Quadrants and Zoom Fatigue

It is that time of year again! Final projects are in the works and exams are right around the corner. It is normal to be exhausted at this point of the term – you might even begin to feel less motivated to do your school work. CMAS understands the struggle, and we are here to help. 

One of my biggest recommendations to get through this end of term fatigue is to study with friends that will keep you motivated. Whether these are people in your program or not, sometimes working with other people can help keep you on track. 

Another tip is to look at the work you have to do in the form of quadrants:

This chart has been a life-saver throughout my undergrad! Quadrant #1 consists of things that you have to do right away, that you can tackle first. Something in that section might be an exam that is tomorrow that you should be studying for now. Quadrant #2 is things that are really important to your life, but you do not have to deal with right now. An example of this could be trying to figure out what to do for the summer, or even something like a drivers test that is taking place in months. These things are certainly stressors, but do not have to be dealt with today. The other two quadrants deal with things that other people might put on you to stress about, that are actually not important to your life. 

I use this chart to remind myself to take things one step at a time and not try to deal with everything all at once. It can be hard to not get overwhelmed in this time of year, so try to remind yourself of the quadrants. 

It is also important to remember that the semester is almost over! There are only a few more obstacles to push through before a much needed break over the holidays. So good luck with all of your final projects and exams, and remember that you got this!