It’s the new year. Have any new year’s resolutions? Or do you have some, but unsure how to go about starting? Here are a few tips and suggested routines for you to start 2015.
Work Ethic and Getting Organized
Are you like me and didn’t really do any homework last semester? Netflix taking all of your time? Or do you just want to maintain the current good work ethic you have? A great way to have a consistent, efficient work schedule is to plan one. If you have trouble remembering things, get an agenda or use your phone to create a to-do list. Just be careful you don’t get distracted when making a list, as I tend to. A good strategy when making a list to is think out everything you need, reorganize your thoughts, and then jot them down in an organized way by making sub-lists or using colour to identify certain elements in the list. Using colour is especially a great way to visually prioritize what needs to be done first.
Another great method to organize your work schedule is to create a kanban board. This is especially useful for creating an organized to-do list for a group project.
If you have it easy planning, but trouble following through, fret not! It’s tough not to procrastinate, but effective strategies to stay focus do exist. Take away the tendencies that distract you and make it hard to access those distractions. For example, if TV is too distracting then hide the remote or physically lock it away and unplug the TV. You’ll probably be unmotivated to go through the effort of starting up the TV and finding the remote.
Also check out this video about productivity.
Starting a healthier diet a common new year’s resolution. Some people want to eat less to lose weight, but it’s important to remember that eating less doesn’t necessarily solve the problem – a proper solution is eating healthy and eating the right thing at the right time. It’s hard as a student to take the time to cook healthy meals, that’s why it’s more efficient and healthy to eat a lot of small, healthy snacks throughout the day. Here are a few simple snack ideas that you can make quick, or to store and eat later:
Pretty much everyone who goes to the gym to fulfil their new year’s resolution end up stopping the second or third day. The biggest mistake people make is that they undergo an intense workout for hours straight, when they should have slowly worked from the bottom up. Start by doing simple stretches and yoga – nothing too vigorous. It’s important to get your body used to movement slowly otherwise muscles will be pulled and sore the next day. It’s not an exciting start, but it’s a great way to start if you want to actually fulfil your resolution. On day two, continue doing yoga and start up with a light jog on a treadmill. Many people get too eager and run at a high speed right away which is more taxing on the body. By starting slow and working up it will allow your body to warm up and get used to the movement and posture of your workout. Continue to gradually add intensity slowly and don’t forget to replenish with water.
Having a social life is as important as focusing on academics. While school is influences your future, you are only young for a certain amount of years and it’s important to have fun and establish social connections, but partying everyday? It’s time to limit that.
A good question is what’s the optimum amount of socializing and having fun? Spending every evening partying is definitely unproductive and studying too much will create stress. Going out every week might be financially difficult as well. The best solution to go out and have fun is every other weekend. Weekends are great to catch up on work, so you can spend one weekend catching up or getting ahead, and the next weekend relaxing. Of course, this idea doesn’t apply for everyone as everyone’s schedule and workload is different. The main idea is that you have to balance work and fun, and even though you may want to follow through with your new year’s resolutions, it’s important to take a break from it all and just enjoy life.
Enjoy 2015! Cheers!