Acing Your New Year’s Resolutions

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019? Taz has some advice for successfully setting and achieving your goals this year.

Whilst cliché New Year’s Resolutions to ‘Get Fit’ and ‘Get stuck in’ with uni work may seem very contemporary ideas, New Year’s Resolutions date back to over 4000 years ago. New Year’s Resolutions can be a great way to secure a fresh start for yourself and overcome any challenges from the previous year.

The best way to form your New Year’s Resolution is to make a list of all the things that you’re hoping to achieve by the end of the year (whether that be university, lifestyle or relationship related) and to identify your largest priority or an overall goal within the list. Top tip: Try to avoid generalised resolutions such as ‘Lose weight’ or ‘Get more Firsts in my assignments’. The best way to achieve health or grade related resolutions is to create resolutions which are more specific and therefore ones which will offer a larger sense of achievement by December.

Resolutions such as these might be a good starting point:

  • Plan and cook at least 5 healthy meals a week
  • Schedule my revision more effectively using a revision planner
  • Keep in more regular contact with family and friends from home
  • Join a new sports society
  • Take a managerial role in group projects more often

The next stage once you have your Resolution…

The next step to securing that fresh start is coming up with an achievable action plan which will get you well on your way to success. Here’s a few questions you may want to consider before diving straight into the deep-end and trying to achieve your resolution in one go before January is up!

How will you maintain the resolution throughout the whole year?

The key to achieving your resolution is your diary. Use a coloured pen to produce a sub-goal for each month. Doing this will help you to piece together your smaller monthly steps into one larger achievement at the end of the year.

What sacrifices will you need to make to achieve your resolution?

This is very important to consider- you don’t want to throw yourself into anything which you won’t be able to handle alongside your other commitments. For instance, if planning to cook healthier meals, you’ll need to factor this into your shopping list and consider how going home or weekly takeaway routines might affect this.

If you achieve your resolution early in the year, can you extend it to achieve an even bigger goal?

If you enter the year with a flying start and have your resolution down to a ‘T’ by March, use this success as motivation to strive further. If you decided to join a new society to meet more people whilst increasing your fitness, why not find some part-time work so that you can save to go on the sports tour?

The best thing about New Year’s Resolutions is they’re completely personal and controlled by YOU. Use this to your advantage in 2019 and make a change which will help you for the rest of your student life and beyond.

Where to look for help

 If you’re stuck for ideas, or simply the motivation to start, the university’s Life Tools programme is offering a huge variety of workshops this term ranging from ‘Techniques for increasing concentration and memory’, to ‘Achieving your potential’. They’re a great starting point for those looking to make an independent change.

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