Forewarning: this may not work for everyone. I am extremely Type-A and goal-oriented, and downtime drives me positively mad. Due to this particular personality quirk, I need a detailed schedule to maximize my time and make me feel as if I have accomplished something. Others probably have a completely different mentality. My roommate hates schedules and loves nothing more than having a day or a stretch of hours with no plans whatsoever. This difference is probably our biggest conflict: I want her to be motivated and achieve greatness in life, and she wants me to take an overdose of chill pills and relax so I don't die of a heart attack. It's a balance.
However, though my roommate has tried to help me 'chill out' (seriously, what are these foreign words?), I still can't help the Type-A that runs through my blood. And that restless drive was crying here in Spain, AKA the-most-relaxed-country-ever. To combat my slower-than-molasses life, I started developing a bedtime and a daily wake-up time (no more sleeping in until 10 a.m. for me). I scheduled more time in God’s word, more time (of the previously non-existent) exercising and more time making conscious decisions to spend time with people. This not only gave me more focus when doing homework, but it also gave me activities to look forward to during the day.
Studying abroad is typically less strenuous than semesters at Calvin (especially if you're like me and try to balance two jobs, 17 credits, church, friends and extracurriculars). For that reason, it’s easy to slip into boredom. If you feel yourself spiraling down into the dark hole of purposelessness, I recommend you take the time to make a schedule that’s best suited for your personality and use it to make the days seem more fulfilling and worthwhile.