A new year is the best time to make changes (or at least say you will). Whether or not you make one sweeping declaration or a few small changes in everyday life, that is up to you. It’s important to remember that it takes time to change old habits. Whether you resolve to wake-up earlier, hit the library & gym every day, or start your assignments with weeks to spare, here some simple new years resolutions to set yourself up for success the winter semester and the 2015 year.
Read more, Watch less. It’s clear that we live in a society dominated by screens, and spend far too much time watching them. Like a seriously terrifying amount. (1) Take time, every day, and unplug from those many screens. Not only should you take time to rest your eyes, but you should also change up the medium. Reading has tons, (TONS) of positive benefits including strengthening memory, reducing stress, expanding vocabulary, and fine-tuning analytical skills. (2)
Exercise. There’s no doubt that going to the gym is a time consuming endeavor that sometimes must be pushed aside for other important responsibilities (see: studying, eating, sleeping), but a great resolution is to find more time to exercise in your day-to-day life. Not only will you find positive health benefits, but the residual energy from working out will help in the classroom – Studies have show physically active students do better in school. (3)
Dream big. Want to start a web service or make a smartphone app? If 2014 was any indication, then some of the biggest innovations will come from students this year. Ever heard of Snapchat? Developed by students, it is now valued at roughly $10 billion. Yes, with a B. (4)
In short, be proactive this year. 2015 will continue to offer new opportunities, it’s up to you to take them.
Live a healthy life. Learn every day. Take big risks.
“Start today, not tomorrow. If anything, you should have started yesterday. The earlier you start, the more time you have to mess up.” – Emil Motycka.