It’s been quite a while since the year started, and by now you’ve probably completely forgotten that you ever had hopes and dreams. We get it – uni, work, and life in general weights you down and limits your potential. You know, the one your Year Eight teacher kept saying you totally had. You swore 2017 would be your year, but now you just shrug it off saying you will try again next year. Well my friend, if you’re tired of this never ending cycle, you can stop it right this moment.
I know, changing your life around sounds impossible when it’s already hard enough to get out of bed. And, although there is something refreshing about starting new projects in the new year, you shouldn’t wait until next January to feel like a human being again. (Plus, time is just an illusion and nothing feels real since 2012.)
What you need to do first is write down your goals, so you can start setting up a plan to achieve them. It’s hard to be the very best when you don’t know where you want to go or how to get there. Making a concise step by step plan can help you focus and track your progress. Or if you’re more of a visual person, make a vision board! This will also come in handy once the mid-sem workload stacks up and you’re considering dropping out of uni.
Then, learn to manage your time wisely. It’s all about working smarter not working harder. As tempting as it may sound, stop leaving everything to the last minute. Pay attention to what distracts you and try reducing these interruptions. For example, limit your crying before exams to one hour per week instead of every day. Even if you start small, start now. There’s no time like the present, so think about the ways you can improve and get to it.
Last but not least, treat yo’ self. It’s important to reward yourself when you accomplish anything, whether is big or small. Reflecting on your progress will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Don’t be afraid to praise yourself and be proud of your efforts. The more you look forward to your reward, the most likely you are to get’cha head in the game.
So now that you know all these things, don’t let your dreams be dreams, and just do it!