Happy new year! As we enter into a new year, it is time to stop, reflect on the past year, and make decisions on what we’re going to change. Start making a list of resolutions that you should consider making this year.
What are New Year Resolutions?
New year resolutions are a set of practices where you resolve to make changes in your life. Setting resolutions involves developing good traits and sometimes breaking bad ones.
Ultimately, new year resolutions should help us achieve what we’ve dreamt of all along. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should set out to make resolutions only at the beginning of a new year. Many of us get into a rut of relying on old habits to help us move forward in life. Even if you’re doing good, there’s no harm in getting better. As a student, you can always resolve to learn more efficiently and faster. The idea is also to try something new this year.
It is easy to focus and study and neglect everything else in life. But according to scientific evidence, we learn better when we’re exposed to new experiences. New year resolutions help people achieve all-around development. If something needs to be done in a new year, that’s what your new year resolutions should be. As you make promises for the new year, consider what you deeply care about.
If you think you’re not a good student, you procrastinate, you never put in the best effort, and if you’re always late, you can definitely do better this new year. Hang in there.
Factors you should consider when setting a New Year Resolutions
Let’s look at what makes a realistic new year resolution.
1. Make it realistic
Maybe you’re planning a trip to Mars. That’s just not reasonable. Think of a good resolution that's realistically achievable with focused efforts from you. Think of something that is personally important to you with your really in it. If you’re not into earning a little extra, side gigs might not be your thing.
2. Resolve to learn
Resolutions should be about learning something. Resolve to upskill. Resolutions can be about achieving new goals. They can be about how you want to live your life: like being fit, quitting smoking and so on.
3. Resolutions should be simple and clear
Resolutions should be clear. If your resolutions are vague, they might be difficult to accomplish. It’s a great approach to pick something very specific by breaking the resolutions into small accomplishable items.
For example, if you’re looking at learning something new, think about how it can affect you. If you’re looking for a job after your student life, think of what potential skill your organization might be expecting from you. Plan how to learn that skill, where to learn it, and by when you’ll be able to finish learning. Let’s say you’re trying to be fit, decide if you want to lose fat or build muscle. Depending on your goal, make a fitness plan that is achievable in a certain duration.
4. Resolve to build better habits for life
One of the most important factors when setting new year resolutions is to consider how it will set you up for your long-term success. Building good habits is the way. Or getting rid of all your bad habits. This is particularly relevant when you do not have something discrete to achieve at the moment. But when you have finally built good habits, achieving your goals can be simpler. For example, you can benefit immensely from the habit of waking up early in your student life because mornings can be a great time to store new things in your brain. Breaking the habit of procrastination is also a key to accomplishing things in your student life.
Like James Clear says, "When you have a framework to build good habits based on your identity, it is easier to achieve your goals."
Some examples of making your resolutions to build identity-based habits include: being a more punctual student, being a more muscular person, being a responsible son or daughter.
Top New Year Resolutions for Students
The best new year resolution is the one that will help you develop the kind of habit that could last a lifetime. As a student, you tend to start your new year resolutions during the new year and also during the start of your academic year. New year resolutions for students should involve starting fresh and thinking about how to improve. It is especially true for students to make the resolutions and keep the resolutions.
Like we discussed earlier, the top new year resolutions are going to centre around building good habits around your identity. Some examples of top resolutions for students can be:
- Becoming an early-morning person
- Being a more calmful person
- Becoming health-conscious
- Becoming a person who plans their day and sticks to it
- Being a person who spends more mindfully
- Being a person who is always curious to learn
- Being a person who respects their teachers
- Being a person who always tries to get adequate rest, and most importantly
- Being a person who focuses on learning and not just grades
Sticking to these resolutions means they’re a growing chain of accomplishments that will give you immense satisfaction.
In summary, adopt your new resolutions with a clear plan and with a goal to build good habits. Do not go overboard trying to set a resolution just for the sake of it. Keep track of your resolutions and pick things one at a time and work towards how they will help you as a student. It is also suggested to keep your new year's resolution list short but effective. People tend to break resolutions thinking that they’re too busy and you could be entering this mode because there are just too many resolutions to give attention to. Don’t break the chain. Strive to keep up with your resolutions to the best of your abilities. Sticking to your resolutions lights up your life. Have a great, peaceful, and prosperous new year.
In summary, adopt your new resolutions with a clear plan and with a goal to build good habits. Do not go overboard trying to set a resolution just for the sake of it. Keep track of your resolutions and pick things one at a time and work towards how they will help you as a student. It is also suggested to keep your new year's resolution list short but effective. People tend to break resolutions thinking that they’re too busy and you could be entering this mode because there are just too many resolutions to give attention to. Don’t break the chain. Strive to keep up with your resolutions to the best of your abilities. Sticking to your resolutions lights up your life. Have a great, peaceful, and prosperous new year!