Being successful doesn’t have to involve complicated goals or a rigorous schedule. Improve your wellness and have a successful semester by trying out the five resolutions below!
Five New Semester Resolutions and tips on how to keep them:
Resolution 1: Learn how to take care of your body and mind.
For many of us, college is the first taste of real independence. Don’t let that first taste go to junk food at 1 a.m. Make the most of your new freedom by maintaining your health and happiness. USF has tons of FREE resources to help you eat healthier, quit smoking, manage your stress, improve relationships, and more.
Why It’s Important: Good nutrition, quality sleep, and a positive outlook are essential for feeling good, having more energy, and reducing the risk of cancer and disease. College is a once in a lifetime experience and you do not want to waste it by being tired and sick.
Plan of Action: Gym memberships, dietitians, counselors, and personal trainers cost a lot of money once you are out of college, but are FREE while you are here! Ask questions and learn the skills and information now. Use this year to check out the FREE resources at the Counseling Center, Wellness Center, Library, Student Health Services, and Campus Recreation Center.
Resolution 2: Use your time properly.
It is possible to have good grades, quality sleep, and a social life with a little prioritizing, discipline and planning. It took me a while to realize it, but my friends and the beach will be around every weekend. Tests, however, only happen every so often. Realize what is 100% necessary and make it your main priority. You will be more successful.
Why It’s Important: Prioritizing poorly can lead to cramming, sleep deprivation, and poor grades.
Plan of Action: Every Thursday or Friday make a list of what needs to be done the following week. Use extra free time over the weekend to get things completed. The Pomodoro Technique is an easy way to get everything done fast. From studying to cleaning your room, it’s a useful and simple way to prevent procrastination and manage your time efficiently. There’s even an app for it.
Resolution 3: Get active with anything.
I’m not advocating anyone to become a runner or weightlifter. Exercising is a healthy way to get active, but it is not for everyone. Twenty-five percent of USF students live a sedentary lifestyle, meaning they have no or very little physical activity. A small increase in activity offers many health benefits, so large fitness goals are not necessary for everyone.
Why It’s Important: Physical activity decreases the risk of many diseases, helps reduce stress and depression, and improves mental capabilities, performance, and sleep quality.
Plan of Action: Start slowly if you want to begin exercising or take your workouts to the next level. Consult with an athletic or personal trainer or try a group fitness class. If you don’t love working out, try joining a student organization to get out and active. Committing to something you enjoy will help motivate you to get off the couch and get moving.
Resolution 4: Tell time efficiently.
Yes, we’re in college and we all know how to read a clock. However, there is a difference between telling time and processing the time. How many of us are late to class because we tell ourselves it only takes five minutes to walk to class when it actually takes ten? Pay attention! Fifteen minutes of lying around can quickly turn into an hour if you’re not aware of the time.
Why It’s Important: Being five to ten minutes late isn’t a big deal in college, but it is a big deal for internships, interviews and jobs. Make 2014 the year to become the responsible college student you’ve always wanted to be!
Plan of Action: Set an alarm on your phone to alert you 15 – 30 minutes ahead of class time, and leave for class right when it goes off. Additionally, whenever you schedule an important event set two alarms: one a few days before and the other 30 minutes to one hour before.
Resolution 5: Decrease complaints and excuses.
If we took as much time getting things done as we do complaining about them, we would never have to worry about anything ever again. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but as students we make excuses and complain too often.
Why It’s Important: All of the above resolutions would be a lot easier with less unhelpful thinking. Complaining and excuses often lead to increased feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration.
Plan of Action: Listen to your unhelpful thinking. Are your complaints viable or are they exaggerated? If they’re the latter, try to be rational and consider the pros of what you can accomplish if you let your excuses go. If that doesn’t work, begin to tally your excuses and complaints. At the end of the week count the marks, and look at them as if they were minutes or dollar bills. How much time or money do you spend complaining? Work to make that number smaller every week.