New year, new start! – OurWarwick

New year, new start!

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas break and celebrated with some down-time and lots of choccies! This post is the classic ‘new year new me’ post which – while cheesy – is something that many people actually find surprisingly useful. I know people say yoou should never have to wait to start a fresh page and try something new, but I always find that New Year’s Resolutions really are the best way for me to change any bad habits, and pick up some new good ones! So let’s see how we can start (and finish) 2018 in the best possible way.

Plan, plan, plan…

New Year’s Resolutions are always believed to be huge goals that you need to spend every waking moment thinking about and – not surprisingly – this often leads to disappointment if you don’t actually stick to them! I’ve found that it’s much easier to make lots of short-term goals as well as maybe one big goal to last the whole year. This year I decided to set up a new savings account and try to save money each month as my long-term goal. As I will be graduating next year and may find myself in a difficult situation when my student funding comes to an end, I knew that I would have to really start thinking ahead and saving for whatever may happen when I finish my degree! And my short-term goal for January is to get a better sleeping pattern (simple but definitely difficult when you enjoy midday lie-ins like me!). So don’t stress yourself out by creating one huge goal which is almost impossible when you can make 12 short-term goals which will help you out in the long run.

Get organised…

University students now will be heading into their second term, and for a lot of my friends this is their penultimate term of their degree! It’s a scary thought and lots of people are starting to get overwhelmed with notes and reading, so this is the best time of year to try and get organised. Use the first few weeks of term to organise all your notes and throw away any scrap pieces of paper you may have cluttering up your bag and folders. Return any library books you don’t need anymore and try to clear your desk in order to create a better working environment – it’ll make a huge difference, trust me!

Forget 2017…

I think it’s a unanimous feeling that 2017 wasn’t the best year for a lot of people and we’d much rather forget it. NOW IS THE TIME TO DO SO! A new year really does mean a new start; leave any negative experiences in the past and try to only focus on the present and the future: the past is in the past for a reason! It does seem so cheesy to do this but getting rid of negative thoughts will make your mind seem a lot clearer and in the long-run will help you to concentrate on what’s important.

Time to have a clear-out…

For many people the time after Christmas is full of gifts and leftover food filling the house. But unfortunately for a huge amount of people this isn’t the case. More and more people are finding themselves in a time of need, so you can do your part by having a clear-out of anything you may no longer need now that you have a new version as a Christmas present, or even unwanted presents that could go to someone who needs it. Please donate anything unwanted to your local charity or homeless shelter; what may seem a small action could really make a huge difference to someone in need.

Have fun planning for the new year!

Bethany Goodman | Language, Culture, and Communication Contact Bethany

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