It is the second week into the new year, going into the third, which means New Year’s resolutions might still be in full swing. Every year many people make resolutions to better the upcoming year, here are the top 10 most common resolutions that may or may not be followed through.
1. Get fit/be healthier/lose weight
Perhaps the most common resolution is to change dietary and exercise habits to benefit health. After the holidays your favorite pair of skinny jeans might feel a little more snug. Gym memberships are being purchased or those already paying membership fees are making an appearance at the gym after a few months. This is a great resolution because it benefits health, not everyone has to be “skinny,” the goal is to be in shape and healthy. Unfortunately, this is often the first resolution to be let go as temptations are hard to resist. Before you know it one small piece of cake turns into two or three more slices.
2. Enjoy life more
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, bouncing from classes to work sometimes we can lose sight of taking the time to relax and laugh with friends or family. Reevaluate priorities and set aside some time to take a breather and enjoy the fresh air. Do not let little things get you down, be positive and look for the bright light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Spend time with family and friends
Those going to school away from home do not get to spend much time with family. Holidays and breaks are a special time to take advantage and spend time with the ones you love. Remember that family and friends are there for you through tough times and can always cheer you up whether it is a short phone conversation with a parent or going out for ice cream with a friend.
4. Learn something new
It is the start of the new year so why not try and make it exciting by picking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, maybe try some new food that a friend recommends to you. You never know if you have a natural talent at something or you may find a new favorite food, but you have to try it first.
5. Save money/get out of debt
Still crying at the thought of your last credit card statement? The holidays can rack up quite the bill on top of regular monthly bills and school expenses. We are not in the best of economic times, which makes it all the more imperative to budget and save your money. Spend wisely, only on necessities and do not splurge on wants.
6. Do well in school
If we do not do well in school now, our futures will be a lot harder. That message has been instilled in our minds. We must work hard now and do well in school so that we can enjoy and play later. Our college education should lead to a career, not a job that will not bore us.
7. Get organized
As college students we have to be organized in order to succeed. That does not only apply to a clean room and study/work area but also planning out assignments to avoid procrastination. Everyone has their own way of organizing whether it be a big visual calendar, weekly planners, et cetera.
8. Find a [better] job
If you have a job, you are constantly on the look for a better one that you will look forward to everyday. For seniors, looking for a job to get them through grad school or a job in the field of their future career is a fast approaching reality.
9. Help others/volunteer
Volunteer work is rewarding and there are various organizations and volunteer acitivties you can do to help. Find a local food bank or pick up some trash to make the community more presentable. When it comes to volunteer work the thought and effort is what counts.
10. Spiritual growth
Spiritual growth could mean finding religion, starting to practice the religion you grew up with or perhaps a quote to live by. In tough times something that will help your wisdom and mindset when there is too much chaos around in order to reach a sense of peace is helpful.