“…Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
It’s all well and good saying that you’re going to go to the gym three times a week starting January or that you’re going to avoid taking trips to Costa between lectures but, as most students know, that probably isn’t . New Year’s resolutions are often surrounded by fabrication and image concern and so we forget to be realistic. This year, I have decided to set myself goals that hopefully won’t be forgotten by the second week of January. I find that the best way to set achievable goals is to breaking them up into separate components, making them easier to work with. You will then have a clearer idea of what it is you are wanting to achieve.
One resolution that many of you may recognise as being made year in and year out without much success is to lost wait. However, as many of you will know, that goal is quite vague and often lacks direction. Therefore this year, I am making it my goal to target specific areas by monitoring how often I go out to eat, making weekly meal plans, and opting for healthier snacks throughout the day. Suddenly, this idea seems a lot more achievable because I have an idea of how to succeed. It is also vital to think about how these resolutions will fit into your current lifestyle, therefore creating opportunities for more resolutions to be made.
For example, keeping track of how often I eat out can help me save money. Therefore, by working towards one goal, I’m giving myself an advantage in achieving others. Something else I’ve realised when creating goals is that it’s important to have a vision of how you want your life to look upon reaching those goals. For me, I want to end 2018 with a good chunk in my savings account, to feel more confident about my appearance, and to feel as though my life is ‘on track’.
To me, being ‘on track’ with my life means being organised and keeping on top of my work. From this I have drawn another resolution: creating revision materials throughout the year, rather than leaving it until the last minute, and to ensure I catch up on any missed lectures. Hopefully, this will help me to succeed in other areas of my life and giving me more time to work on creative writing, creating my own blog, and working on my hobbies. Being more organised can seem like such a cliché resolution, however many people don’t consider it much beyond buying a new floral planner from Paperchase. If you’re going to buy it, use it.
Starting from Monday, I will be measuring my goals monthly to see if I’m on track or whether I need to put more effort into achieving these resolutions in the following months. However, there are many people don’t achieve well under pressure (and many who do), so if you’re one of those people, just work towards your goals slowly and methodically by creating milestones throughout the year, marking what you would like to have achieved by then. Most importantly, don’t be disheartened if it all doesn’t go quite to plan, you don’t need a New Year’s Eve for a new start.
Happy New Year’s!
– by Lauryn Mathews