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New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 in General Information.

It is the start of the “new” year, or academic year (if you want to be semantically correct) and I have a few goals for these coming semesters. In order to keep myself accountable, I am writing them down. I will admit, while coming up with them, I had flashes of the “SMART” guidelines from my HOD classes (Human Organization and Development).

Untangling myself from the web

Every college student will tell you that procrastination is probably one of their top five biggest problems through the semester. A due date will always seem further away than it actually is. So what? Its just a little Buzzfeed, Oatmeal, IWasteSoMuchTime, or Whatyoushouldcallme. Or, if you are me, you just spend ridiculous amounts of time on Attack of the Cute. All in all, the internet is the number one thief of my productive time. I’m usually pretty good about meeting deadlines, but I still have a hard time with this. But, instead of resolving to cut back to have more time to work, I am resolving to spend more of that internet time doing beneficial extra-curricular activities. Top on my list are attending Live on the Green Concerts, spending daily time reading my bible, taking at least two exercise classes per week at the student recreation center, and investing my time in the student organizations I am a part of.

Becoming a fantastic time manager

In theory, I love planners: the cute prints, the adorable reminder notes on the side, and the idea that it will make me more responsible. However, after semesters of forgetting to put it in my bag before class and watching as my neat handwriting transitioned into indistinguishable scribbles, I’ve realized that they may not be the best idea for me. Invariably, it ended up living out the rest of its dejected life under a pile of books. Minimization was my answer. After transitioning into using the Homework app this summer for my two classes, I found that it was so much easier to manage my homework and appointments on my tablet versus a bunch of little pieces of paper. From that trial run, I am going to see how it helps during a full schedule semester.

As a junior in college, I feel like I should have these life skills under my belt. I think they are critical to preparing myself for the working world. So…we’ll just have to see if it pans out. Here is to hoping I succeed!

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