Here’s the thing about new years’ resolutions: they’re so wonderfully easy to set and so annoyingly hard to stick to. Just crossing your fingers and hoping for the best isn’t much of a game plan for 2018, so here’s how you can start kicking goals and setting yourself up for the year to come.
Resolution one: Do all of your required reading this year
But, like, actually do it – possibly even all of it. We know that just seeing an outline of everything you need to get through over the coming semester can leave you in a cold sweat and have you turning to cat videos and social media deep dives to calm down. To turn this one into action, jot down in your calendar specifically when you’re going to make time for this job. Perhaps you could save it all up for one day per week or do a little every day. Can you turn your commute on the train into reading time, or how about on your lunch break? Just make a plan for the entire semester, subject by subject, and write down when it will happen.
Resolution two: Challenge your comfort zone
This is the type of resolution you need to be really specific about. A doable goal is to try something new once a month, so that’s just 12 things for the entire year. Plan your comfort-zone-busting efforts ahead of time and nominate a day, such as the first of every month. Plus, there’s no need to go sky diving. It could be as simple as chatting to someone you don’t know while you’re waiting for a lecture to start. Alternatively, is there a new activity or club you’ve wanted to join but always kind of, sort of backed away from? Set a date for when you’ll be signing up for the first time to make this resolution happen.
Resolution three: Make a head start on your career
Whether graduation is right around the corner or you’ve got many semesters to go, make this the year you take active steps towards setting up your dream career. Take advantage of ACU’s Careerhub services and get advice on fine-tuning resumes, addressing selection criteria, interview techniques, and developing networking skills. Now is also a good time to sign up for LinkedIn. They have loads of information about how students can best use LinkedIn and how to update your profile as your experience grows. Another easy step is to set up job email alerts for potential roles you’d like to apply for one day. Just seeing the weekly or monthly reminders of what’s available in your field will help you stay focused on the long game.
Resolution four: Get more exercise
This one always winds up in some form on everyone’s list of new years’ resolutions. Similar to the others, getting more exercise takes concrete planning, not just wishing for good health and calling it a day. Write down in your diary exactly how and when you can fit this in. Check out the class timetable at your local gym and make a plan for what appeals. Also, look into what’s available on campus. We offer everything from yoga to Pilates, self-defence, boxing classes and lots more. Short on cash? Just walk. It doesn’t have to be epic treks and you can start with walking to uni (or part of the way) if you’re also short on time.