As a student, the start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on what you have achieved in the past year and plan for the upcoming year. So how can students get off to a strong start this year?
New year resolutions are very popular as they are meant to change bad habits or things in life.
Students are typically very goal-oriented and ambitious. With their heads full of dreams about their futures, as well as exams and homework to juggle and parties to attend, setting resolutions can be hard. Additionally, most resolutions require long-term dedication and commitment — something that may be difficult for teens who are easily distracted by the many things that take up their time.
That’s why it’s important to choose smart New Year resolutions that not only help with academics but also provide fulfillment on other levels. Making New Year Resolutions is an important tradition, so why not capitalize on that opportunity and come up with some fresh ideas this year? To get you started, here are some achievable goal ideas tailored specifically for high schoolers or college students that will help kick-start your 2023 with confidence!
15 New Year Resolution Ideas For Students
1) Create a better life balance
Many students tend to struggle to balance academic stress and work obligations with social relationships and personal development. While finding a better balance can be lifelong, students shouldn't neglect rest and recreation.
Management of time and things are important in a student's life. They should also be careful to avoid taking on an unrealistic course load or work schedule that they aren’t interested in or which can create a burden in life.
Sleep deprivation is common among students, but sacrificing sleep can lead to negative academic outcomes, including a bad mood, a lack of productivity, and poor information retention, which can indirectly affect life.
Getting at least 6-8 hours of sleep regularly can be challenging for busy students, who often struggle with hefty academic, work, and social demands. However, they can start by establishing regular early sleeping and wake times and by eliminating unnecessary downtime activities like scrolling through social media for extended periods.
3) Exercise Regularly
Exercise is an essential part of maintaining good physical health. Exercising regularly may sound hard for those who are more involved in the lifestyle of an academic, but many resources can help students kickstart new habits.
Students often offer access to a fitness centre, which may appeal to students looking for more sophisticated equipment and a community-centred environment. Alternatively, websites like YouTube make fitness accessible through instructional videos or virtual classes. Students can also incorporate exercises like walking or biking into their daily routines.
4) Practice healthy eating habits
Eating healthy can be tough for students busy with academics. Demanding schedules, tight budgets, frequent social engagements, and a lack of access to cooking supplies might tempt students to opt for processed "convenience food & Fast food" over more nutritious food options.
But regularly consuming nutritionally barren and highly processed food has negative health consequences, can affect your productivity and can cause brain fog and fatigue.
Students can improve their diets by creating a foundation of a healthy meal, eating plenty of fruits and leafy vegetables is also important to be active for daily work.
5) Save money
Being a student can be expensive, and learning how to manage your finances can be an important skill you have to learn as a student. Consider setting a goal to save a certain amount of money each month, or to reduce your expenses by cutting back on unnecessary expenses in your daily routine.
Save money is a good lifetime habit you can follow, giving you a back plan for your financial need.
6) Get a part-time job
Paying tuition fees or extra curriculum activities can mean that students are under more financial duress than ever. Many students find part-time jobs to try and keep up with tuition costs, loans, and other expenses, often working in retail, food stalls or cafe. Students may also be able to find on-campus jobs or paid internships related to their academic discipline.
7) Prioritize your mental health
One of the essential things students should focus on is mental health as teenagers are at a high risk of mental health issues they can face. It can also impair the proper growth and development of various emotional and social skills in teenagers' life. Many factors can cause such problems in students.
Many colleges and colleges offer affordable counseling services for students seeking professional guidance. Other students may prefer to promote their mental wellness through healing activities like yoga, exercises and meditation, or even can do creative activities like painting and knitting.
8) Study more effectively
Many students hope to optimize their study time to achieve good academic results. Although there's no "best" way to improve study habits, learners can adopt various techniques to improve their management and ability to retain information.
Students should consider a set study schedule, creating a study space or finding space for study, hand-writing their notes, taking plenty of short breaks, and working with a supportive study group.
9) Learn something new
Lots of people say learning new things can be a good resolution to take as a student. Perhaps an even better one is learning new things related to your passion or career. The more new things you learn related to it, the more information that can help you succeed at achieving your goals in life.
10) Follow good habits
There are many good habits that successful people and even students should follow in their life for you to start doing in your new year resolution. A few of the ones you can consider adopting in your daily routine as a student is including:
Starting your day early
Being more activities
Learn more good habits you can start in the new year. It's possible one of them might make a huge difference in your life.
11) Be consistent
As a student, it's often consistency that leads one to be successful at accomplishing goals in life. Working out regularly on your goals will become easier to achieve your goals.
When a student studies often, they usually do well in school & college. Being consistent in the good choices you make every day can eventually lead to some kind of success in your life.
12) Manage your time better
Managing your time better means not only setting a daily schedule but sticking to it is important as a student. When it's time to go exercise, go exercise, when it's time to study, start studying which can give you time management benefits.
Getting in the habit of doing things on schedule will save you time to do more of the things in life.
13) Declutter your space
There may be things you're holding on to that it's time to let go of as students do these things normally, not doing homework on time or not completing tasks. The clutter can create a store and takes space for other things you could enjoy more.
Your clutter could also bring new joy to your life. Take time to go through all the things which you keep pending such as decluttering your study desk, cleaning the wardrobe or even studying material. Decide to make room for new things in the new year.
14) Take things less seriously
Often students have a tendency to take life too seriously. There are times when life can be very serious but being a student you can have stress on minimal things such as school projects or college events. But other times it's important to relax and enjoy yourself and the process.
15) Invest more in yourself
Investing more in yourself is good for students. Take some new classes or join any other activities to develop your knowledge and skills. Look into things that can help your physical and mental well-being.
Learn more about what it means to invest in yourself through online videos. There are plenty of things you can do to learn how to invest more in yourself.
The start of the New Year brings new hopes, aspirations and goals for everyone. Setting annual resolutions can help students build their self-discipline, improve habits and strive for success. Resolutions should be related to personal growth and development and not focused heavily on academics.
Freshening up your new year with a set of resolutions is a great way to stay motivated and bring about some positive changes. But, as a student, what should you set for yourself as a goal for the coming year?
Making a New Year resolution is an effective way to ensure sustained growth in your life through various aspects such as physical health, mental wellbeing and improved organizational skills.
FAQ's on new year's resolutions:
Choose a Specific Goal.
Limit Your Resolutions.
Put Time Into Planning.
Start With Small Steps.
Avoid Repeating Past Failures.
Prioritizing your mental health is important to your overall well-being. Your body, mind, and spirit rely on your mental health.
Positive Resolutions is designed to support optimal personal, spiritual and social growth by facilitating activities that aim at skill development, wellness, and independence.