It’s hard to believe that 2015 is already upon us. And with it, comes that tried and true saying “New year, new me.” It’s that time of year, when people all over the world begin contemplating the changes they wish to make in their lives and create a list of New Year’s Resolutions.
If you’re notorious for giving up on your resolutions after only a few days or weeks, then you may ask, “What’s the point of having a New Year’s Resolution at all?” Well, as cliché as it sounds, every new year is really a fresh start. Staying true to your New Year’s resolution may be hard, but it’s not impossible. So why not strive to make this year the one in which you accomplish all of your goals?
With a new semester in full swing, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into what I want to achieve this upcoming year. As I deliberated with myself about which of my various goals I would like to focus on in 2015, I also brainstormed a few helpful tips to keep in mind when creating a New Year’s Resolution to help anyone who may also struggle with maintaining focus.
- Make Sure Your Resolution is Reasonable and Achievable
When deciding what your resolution should be, make sure that it’s something that is actually reasonable and achievable within the confines of your budget and schedule. Also, make sure it isn’t a drastic change to your current lifestyle. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t say that your goal is to exercise every day, right off the bat. Trust me, I know how that one works. Start little and work your way up! It’s better to start with a few small changes. Keep in mind, a New Year’s resolution is achieved through baby steps, not gigantic leaps. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.
- Plan Ahead, Stay Organized, and Stay Focused
This one is essential! Write your goal down! Then write it down a few more times! Put it on a sticky note and stick it somewhere where you will see it every day, and make sure it stays there until it is burned into your mind! Tell your parents. Tell your best friend. Tell your siblings. Tell your sorority sisters. Tell anyone who will help to remind you to keep your eye on the prize. Staying on track is key! When first starting out, it helps a lot to have a plan. It’s important to have weekly or monthly tasks planned out in advance that will lead you to achieving your end goal. When you complete these tasks, give yourself a reward. It will make the process a lot easier and more fun!
And lastly –
- Do what makes YOU happy.
Don’t base your New Year’s Resolution on something someone else wants you to do. If you’re trying to accomplish something someone else wants you to do, you’re going to lose your motivation really quickly. Make sure when you decide on a goal, it’s something that you will be genuinely happy and proud to say you’ve accomplished.
Hopefully these tips will help you to create a great New Year’s Resolution, however, if you’re still struggling, here are some ideas of goals that you could work towards in 2015.
- Start living a healthier lifestyle.
- Work on strengthening old bonds and creating new ones. Whether it’s with your family, your friends, your classmates, your siblings, or your sorority sisters, put a little extra effort into increasing the bonds you have with the people in your life. Plan a weekend outing, a shopping trip or dinner get together. Ditch your cell phone for a few hours and focus on spending some quality time with each other. Always remain open to making new friends.
- Get involved. There is seriously so much to do on a college campus, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be involved in a few different activities. Join a club on campus, play an intermural sport, go to sisterhood events, or volunteer. It’s a great way to meet people who have the same interests as you, and to make new friends.
- Improve your grades. Study a little more; make an extra trip to the library. You will be 1000x more satisfied at the end of each semester if you just put in a little extra effort.
- Improve a skill you have, or learn a new one.
Make sure to keep all of these things in mind as you face the New Year. New Year’s Resolutions sometimes seem impossible to keep but I promise you it is possible! Keep your head up and keep your eye on the prize. 2015 is here and with a little effort, you can make it the best year yet!
I hope you all had a relaxing winter break and a happy New Year, and as always, GO FROGS!