There is no set time frame of when burnout can set in from school. If you’re working full-time while attending school the burnout phase can happen as early as the first assignment, or as late as your final class. Regardless of timing you need to prepare yourself for the inevitable, you will get overwhelmed at some point. One way to combat the feeling of helplessness is to create alternating themes on Pinterest.
Social media can be a distraction from classwork, but it doesn’t have to be. Pinterest is notoriously known for being a black hole for creative minds and procrastinators. Once you plug into the image soaked social channel you don’t escape until at least an hour has passed. Use this time wisely and create a board specifically tailored toward combating burnout. Start simple by adding action pins, or things that have a step-by-step process to complete. This gives your hands and brain something else to focus on besides reading volumes of academic work. Humorous pins and memes are great too, but these shouldn’t take up the bulk of your board.
Try some of these pin types for your board:
- Motivational posters or quotes
- DIY projects for your home office
- Fitness moves that require five moves or less
- Items from history; international or national
- Health food or drink options for study breaks
- Technology gadgets to help with school or simplify your life
- Misc items that bring a smile to your face; gardening, geeky fandom, humorous pictures, travel locations
Start planning out your board now. The 20 minutes it takes to create it may be a rejuvenating distraction. Pinterest is a visual exchange of ideas and the inspiring part about it is the social sharing aspect. Use the exchange to help change up your routine. It’s like revolving door and ideas are never shortchanged there. With time you can boil the pins in your burnout boards to new routines that build upon your current work in your field of study. Give yourself time to grow and make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to school, work, and your life.
Need some Pinterest inspiration? Follow APUS on Pinterest for stellar some online education pins.
By J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor