Saturday, January 9, 2016

Keeping your New Year's Resolution in College

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week and got a lot accomplished! Last week I posted about New Year's Resolutions and today I wanted to give you all some advice and some tricks on keeping your New Year's Resolutions even as you head back to college!

Keeping your New Year's Resolutions can be difficult no matter where you are in life, but once you enter back into the hustle and bustle of college life, you will feel that you don't have the same time to devote, as you did during Winter Break. Because of that, you have to make time for your resolutions and for your new goals! You have to make a conscious effort to apply to those scholarships, actively read for class, go to the gym, and attend workshops. The good news though is that once you get into a habit of doing these things it will become second-nature! Until then, here are some tricks on keeping your resolutions in focus!

+  Add a virtual post-it onto the desktop of your computer as a constant reminder of your resolutions. This will help keep your resolutions in mind as you work on schoolwork or browse your social media!

+  Give your resolutions a 'fun' aspect to help you get excited about them. If you're looking for scholarships to apply for, find one that allows you to be creative and do something out of your comfort zone, or if your resolution is to exercise more, find a new workout class or get a DVD to help solve the monotony of running on the treadmill. Natural law states that if you're excited about something you're more likely to do it, so find a way to get excited about your resolution!

+  Make your resolutions with a friend to help keep you accountable. Working along with someone to meet your New Year's goals can be really positive. You both can work on it together and remind each other of your goals!

+ Setting a reminder on your phone can help you keep your resolution in mind! This is something really simple that you can do directly in your cell phone, or if your Google account is synced to your phone, you can set a reminder on Google Calendar. Then, when you're sitting around watching TV, you can be reminded of your resolutions!!

+  Incorporate your new goals/resolutions into your planner or your daily schedule. If you add it into your daily schedule and you purposely set an assigned time to devote to going to the gym or to reading for fun, then you have no excuse to say that you don't have time. This will also help it become second-nature.

+  Create an inspirational board to keep you motivated throughout the rest of the Winter and into Spring! You can make one by cutting out pictures and pasting them to a poster board, you can make a board on Pinterest, or you can make an electronic inspirational board and then apply it as the background on your computer.

+  Find an on-campus club that matches your resolution!  Whether you want to get fit, learn a new language, or gain more career experience, you can find a club that promotes the ideals of your resolution. This can not only help you achieve your goals and incorporate them more into your daily lifestyle, but it can also connect you with more like-minded people!

As someone who has tried to keep my New Year's Resolutions for the past 6 years, I know how difficult it can be doing so in college. All of these tips have worked well for me the past two years, so hopefully they will work well for you too! Remember though, this year is all about removing the negative and adding the positive!! Have a great weekend everyone!

enjoy the chase,

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