I have been traveling a lot lately (and will be traveling even more in the months to come) and always have a tough time studying when I’m gone. I almost never have breaks from school (go me) so if I have time to study on a trip, I study. This week, I’m in Colorado (woot!). It’s a school trip, to be fair, so I’m actually technically doing school right now, but I also have a couple other classes I need to keep up with. Okay, so fun fact about me, I actually like studying in airports (only in airports, not in planes). I don’t know what it is, I guess I just study better when there’s noise. However, once I get to my destination all motivation that I had during my layover is now gone. I feel awful because of flying; I want to eat but I can’t. I’m sleepy and I pretty much don’t want to do anything the rest of the day (unless it’s a late night flight, in which case the morning before the flight is exactly the same). When I’m on a trip, usually I can still study at night (I’m going to be on social media for a couple hours anyways), but a lot of times I don’t (hence the social media). If you’re like me and you find it difficult to study during a trip, or even a hectic time of life, then this post is for you! What do I do to make studying on trips actually happen?
one. First of all, make sure you plan ahead. Usually, we have a vague idea of what is going to happen during a trip. Think through the rough schedule and highlight times in your mind when you’ll be able to study. For me, it usually lands on evenings. If I plan a few days ahead of time, then when the time actually comes, I have not only motivation to make it happen, but direction. The next morning won’t find me remorseful because I forgot about a project I could have done in the two hour slot everyone around me was doing nothing. You can also tell someone about your plan. Tell your mom, or your friend, or your teacher. Or better yet, someone on the trip. Even if they don’t keep you accountable, you’ve audibly promised yourself you’d study. But first and foremost, and I can’t emphasize this enough, plan. Plan plan plan.
two. Second, make it easy on yourself, dude. Do the hard stuff before you leave. Prepare. For instance, I find it so much easier to sit down and write a paper if I wrote the outline the day before (instead of right before). If it’s easier to study, you’re more likely to do it. And if you have assignments you’re going to actually enjoy, leave those for your trip!
three. I ran into this one just the other night. I’m getting ready to go on a trip so this is kind of in my brain (how am I going to get Statistics done???). I really didn’t want to study, and it was only like 10. All I wanted to do was hit the sack. Well, I had the thought, “If I can’t work right now, how am I going to work when I’m traveling?” So I decided to push a little longer and get some more done. (P.S. I stayed on social media for a little bit longer and then went to bed. Do as I say, not as I do.)
These tips really can help at any point in life, especially if life is insane. All of these take discipline, but think about how awesome you feel after you’ve accomplished something!
Do you have any other tips for staying focused while traveling? I’d LOVE to hear them! Comment below!