Going into December and final exam season, staying on top of everything that needs to be done becomes very difficult. While Christmas and National Congress are just around the corner, it is important to keep motivated for that final stretch.  Here are three things to keep in mind that will help you stay motivated for the weeks to come:

1. Finding intrinsic value makes work a lot easier
Finding meaning and value in what you do really helps you keep on track and enables you to continuously strive to challenge yourself and others around you. When I first joined AIESEC, I was very surprised to find that despite their hectic schedules, many AIESECers spend 10-15 hours on AIESEC work each week. The effort they have expended into their work, as well as the quality of the projects they have been able to accomplish is inspiring and sometimes hard to believe. They’re willing to volunteer so much of their time because they see the value their efforts can bring to others around them.

Intrinsic motivation is what inspires the greatest amount of creativity and problem-solving. It makes things that would otherwise seem almost impossible something that can be achieved through dedication. Always ask yourself why it is that you do what you do, what your goals are, and what those goals say about you. When you find the right motivating factors, what may seem very difficult before will become more manageable.

2. Divide your work into ‘bite-size’ pieces
When asked what they hope to get out of their university experience, most students would say that they’d like to grow as an individual and expand their horizon, or build the skills  and  network necessary to land their dream job. A lot of times, we are intimidated by the size and scope of the huge task and do not know where to begin. Just like how we need to divide our studying into chunks in preparation for a final exam to avoid last minute cramming that rarely leads to good results, starting out with small ‘chunks’ and making a step-by-step plan will help keep you on track. Perhaps your goal is to build up a network of peers and professional. In that case, consider joining a student club and surround yourself with people who have similar goals.  Maybe you just want to broaden your horizons and discover new things about the world. In that case, perhaps consider planning early towards an internship abroad or volunteer for an organization that has an international perspective.

3. Step out of your comfort zone and always be open to new possibilities
Perhaps the biggest motivation killer is having the exact same routine every day, with no opportunity for change or new experiences. Many of us are so used to sticking to what we ‘know’ for certain, and feel uncomfortable trying new things.  Take the chance to explore something new, meet people who have different perspectives of the world, and challenge yourself to push the limits of your comfort zone. Opening up the opportunity for the unknown not only allows you to learn more about the world around you, but also about yourself. There is nothing more motivating and exhilarating than waking up each day to something new. Discover what truly motivates you, and ensure that you keep yourself on track by dividing your goal into short-term tasks. But first, before it all, step out of your comfort zone into new possibilities.

By Weijin Qin, Marketing and Communications