The approach of New Year’s always has me thinking, “How can I make this year different?” Some people have the willpower to stick to their goal and follow it exactly how they planned (and if you’re one of those people, I’m extremely jealous and need you to teach me your ways). But if you’re like me, you make New Year’s resolutions way too general, which can be confusing and give you excuses not to follow them. So, if you’re serious about wanting to make a change this 2016, it might be better to start small and specific. Here I have given you some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions with more specific ways to make sure your resolutions actually happen.
“I will get organized.”
This resolution is popular for the classic college girl who needs a little more help balancing schoolwork with social events. However, just saying “get organized” can get a little confusing. Do you mean organized with school work? Your closet? Your life? It’s all too general, and because you don’t have a specific task, the resolution can get lost in the whirlwind of college life. Change “get organized” to something more specific like “I will use a calendar” if you’re worried about staying on top of school work, or “I will clean my closet every Sunday” if you need a little boost to sort out your clothes and shoes.
“I will be healthy.”
This is also a popular resolution, not only for college girls but for the general public as well. But what does “being healthy” actually mean? It’s such a broad term that it can mean anything from more exercise to eating less junk food to getting more sleep. Focusing on one aspect of health that you specifically need to work on will give you a more narrowed goal with better results. Try “I will exercise three times a week” or “I will snack on nuts instead of potato chips” or “I will go to bed early on Sundays” instead to get your health back up to speed.
“I will be nicer”
This resolution has great intentions, but is way too general. I believe that everyone wants to be a genuinely nice person, but constantly thinking about how to be nice every second of the day can get stressful. Instead of trying to change everything about yourself in order to be nicer, try to make a small, active change during your day. For example, “I will try to compliment a random person each day” gives you a direct goal that you can achieve so you don’t get stressed out in case you forgot to be nice one day. Complimenting strangers is great because it can usually make someone’s entire day (who doesn’t love getting random compliments?), and can even make your own day better when you see someone’s face light up with a smile from something you said.
“I will be less stressed”
How does a person be less stressed? There are many ways, and it depends on the person. This resolution doesn’t give you an actual task, which can stress you out more when you feel like you aren’t following it. Try taking baby steps toward the scary nightmare of stress by saying “I will take a break when I feel stressed.” This puts less pressure on you by saying that it’s okay to be stressed (in fact, some stress can actually be good for you), and when you get too stressed out it’s okay to take time off for yourself. This resolution can also relate to the organization one, and you can say “I will make a schedule of my day when I feel stressed” because organizing events can make people calmer when they actually see on paper what they have going on.
“I will save money”
This resolution is popular for the college girl who can’t seem to stop online shopping. However, saving money is a general resolution that can be difficult to follow because there is no active plan for saving the money. What are you supposed to save money on? Try saying “I will wait 24 hours to buy something I like” so that you can make sure you really need a fourth plaid scarf or a new blow dryer from Amazon.
You can also say “I will only eat off campus on the weekends” so that you can save your money during the week and can have more to spend on food on for special occasions (Friday, to me, is considered a special enough occasion).
Following all of these tips can help you make a more effective resolution this year, and if your resolution wasn’t mentioned, just remember to keep it specific. Also remember to celebrate the start of 2016 with lots of laughter, fireworks, balloons, and dancing!
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