Out of the many people that you'll interact with, you'll come to find out that dozens of them have attempted or are in the process of a New Years Resolution. With deadlines, unrealistic goals, lack of motivation or simply too much going on- New Years Resolutions tend to fail before truly beginning them.
Instead of a New Years Resolution, I like to build off of one (or two) thing(s) that I worked really well within the previous year to make it a staple in this coming year. For me, that was organization and time management. If you know me or have seen my planner, I have everything color-coded, neatly arranged, and well planned out for weeks ahead. Instead of beginning a new resolution, I wanted to make sure that I put my focus on maintaining this pattern.
Here are some tips I have if you're looking at adapting to the same pattern:
- Get a Planner! Write down your assignments, appointments, and quotes of encouragement to keep you going through the week.
- Get Highlighters/Markers: Color code what you can, highlight textbook notes and color code them corresponding to a note page. I find that color is easily associated with memory.
- Get a pencil case: This may sound small, but in previous years I have just had highlighters, pencils, and pens in random locations in my room and backpack, a simple way to stay organized is to have a small pencil pouch that stays in your bag at all times.
- Print out the syllabus- this will be an asset to you, trust me!
I hope the semester goes well for all of you!