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College Students: How To Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions

We recently talked about great New Year’s resolutions for college students. If you chose to follow some of these suggestions, hopefully they’re helping you get 2012 off to a great start. But it’s not just enough to follow your plans for the first few weeks of January. To make your resolutions really pay off, you have to stick with them all year long.

But as the months go by, it can be easy to let even the best-laid plans fall to the wayside. Here are some tips that will keep you on your toes and making progress on all of your resolutions.

College Students: Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Start off Slow

It’s 2012! You’ve got all these goals you want to achieve! OMG! You needed to get started yesterday!

If that’s what the voices in your head are shouting at you, tell them to shut up. We all want to tackle every single goal on January 1, but we have to be honest with ourselves and realize that’s not humanely possible. Tackling 8 or 10 goals full-steam is only going to make you frustrated, exhausted, and more likely to give up by February. Instead, you need to pace yourself like a marathon runner. Which leads me to my next point …

Make a Concrete Plan

To help you achieve every resolution on your list, you need to make a concrete plan with measurable goals. Take your list of resolutions and organize them by priority and deadline. For example, maybe you know you want to lose some weight for an upcoming event, like spring break of a friend’s wedding. Give yourself a concrete goal and date, like “drop one pant size before Mexico,” and then works backwards from there. The key is to be realistic about your goals and allow a realistic amount of time to achieve them.

Schedule Quarterly Check Ins

One of the biggest reasons New Year’s resolutions fail is that we don’t follow up. May rolls around and we find ourselves scratching our heads and wondering, “What is it I was supposed to be working on right now?” So take your calendar out and schedule quarterly check-ins for April 1, July 1, and October 1. When that date rolls around, pull out your plan and see how you’re doing. You can even give yourself a personal review (with a grade) to really get serious about your progress.

Adjust Accordingly

The year throws up all kinds of challenges we don’t expect, so you’ll need to adjust your resolutions accordingly. Perhaps, for example, you planned on studying abroad over the summer, but a family illness kept you closer to home. You can’t help the curve balls life throws you, but you can adjust your goals to fit around them, rather than just abandoning them altogether.

By slowing the pace and managing your resolutions over the course of the year, your chances of success go up exponentially. Don’t forget to reward each milestone along the way as well, which will make you even more motivated to reach the next one! – Originally posted on myFootpath by Noel Rozny