You know the old Ben Franklin axiom, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“? Well, it turns out Mr. Franklin knew his stuff. Plan to start off the new semester on the right track and you won’t find yourself playing catch-up or trying to break bad habits down the road. How exactly do you get off on the right foot? It’s easier than you think!
Let’s get started.
1. Look ahead.
See what you’re up against this term. Any tough classes? A new job? See what you have in store so you can begin pulling together a plan.
2. Set goals.
Envision where you would like to be at the end of the semester. Now that you’ve looked ahead, set some goals for yourself based on what you have coming up. Whether you’d like to finish the term with a 4.0 or hope to get yourself back in shape, determine what you’re planning to work toward during the next few months. Then, break those bigger goals into smaller tasks you can complete.
3. Get your sleep schedule on track.
You’ll feel better and be able to focus better if you’re well-rested. Toward the end of your winter break, start heading to bed a little bit earlier. This way you won’t feel exhausted after your first day back.
Come up with 2-3 small ways you plan to be healthier this term. Do you survive on a pizza-and-chips diet? Work some fruits and veggies into your meal plan. Do you loathe the though of working out in the campus gym? Grab your roommate and start going for a walk every evening. We’re not talking a major workout life overhaul, just small adjustments to your current routine.
Not sure where to start? Drinking more water every day is always a good resolution.
5. Get ahead of things.
There’s nothing worse than combing through your new syllabi and feeling that overwhelming sense of panic set in. Rather than letting your nerves get the best of you, go on the offensive. Get yourself some sort of planner, whether it’s digital or a traditional paper agenda. Mark down all major due dates right away and figure out how much time you’ll need to complete those projects. Add in any smaller assignments and be sure to make time for them. If you’re organized, you’ll feel more confident tackling those major projects. Staying on task from the beginning and prevent that end-of-term frenzy!
6. Think positive.
Have faith in yourself! Instead of focusing on potential failures, focus on how you can grow.
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