With 2019 just around the corner, it’s that time of the year to start setting resolutions for the year ahead. Here are 19 easy and totally doable ideas that should make your list.
#1 Kickstart a positive change
What better way to start afresh than making positive changes to your life? But instead of making drastic shifts to your daily routine, start off by adopting better lifestyle habits. Streamline your wardrobe by clearing out anything you haven’t worn in a long time, sneak in bouts of exercise when you’re in the classroom, or simply sitting up straight to maintain good posture. It’s all about taking baby steps!
#2 Make a new friend in school
Trying to fit in as the new kid in school? Making friends in a new environment can be nerve-wrecking, but you’d never know who comes along unless you put yourself out there. Don’t be shy to strike up a conversation with the person who sits next to you in class, or ask to share a table with someone who’s eating alone during lunch – you might just discover that you have more in common than you think!
#3 Be more environmentally conscious
Going green doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be something as simple as bringing along your own tumbler on your next coffee run, opting for E-tickets when purchasing tickets for a concert, or having an eco bag handy for your shopping loots. In addition to doing Mother Earth a huge favour, it’ll save you a couple of extra bucks from the takeaway charges as well.
#4 Acquire a new skill
It’s important to equip yourself with the right skillset that is relevant to your desired course of study. Not only does it allow you to discover a new hobby, it can also give you a competitive edge over your peers. Have an eye for design? Sign up for creative classes to keep your style fresh. Interested in other cultures? Pick up a new language to hone your fluency. Learning doesn’t have to come with a pricey fee either – there are tons of online classes that you can take up, FOC.
#5 Take a break from all things digital
No, this doesn’t mean going off the grid completely. But rather, making it a point to turn off any digital distractions when you’re working on something important. Put your mobile away, suspend your email notifications and unplug from social media for a bit (but still remain contactable to your peers just in case). This helps you to stay focused on the task at hand, thus increasing your productivity levels and improving your overall performance.
#6 Refine your social media presence
While you’re at it, find the time to polish up your social media accounts. In today’s digital age, having a clean and sparkling digital presence can serve as valuable additions to your admission applications. While most institutions don’t usually dig into every nook and cranny of your online profiles, one can never be too cautious. Misspellings, offensive wordings and inappropriate content could reflect badly on your personality and jeopardise your chances of getting into your desired school, so make sure to review your postings before uploading them!
#7 Get rid of toxic friends
Have a friend who’s constantly bringing you down? Chances are, these so-called pals care mostly about themselves and little about anyone else. If your relationship has reached a point beyond repair, it might be high time to cut the ties once and for all. Losing a friend you once cherished can be hard at first, but your mental wellbeing matters more than anything. Start filling your life with positive vibes and surrounding yourself with those who help you become a better person!
#8 Save up for rainy days
Between the hefty school fees and day-to-day expenses, being a student in today’s economy isn’t cheap. If taking up a part-time job isn’t an option with your busy schedule, an easy trick to save up for more pocket money is to collect your loose change. Make a conscious effort to empty your wallets of spare coins and put it into a piggy bank once a week. It may not look like a huge amount, but you’ll be surprised how much it can add up to at the end of every month!
#9 Read more books
Let’s be honest: how often do you pick up an actual book as compared to clicking on articles that pop up your newsfeed? In an era that tends to favour short pieces on the net than thick paperback reads, it’s imperative that we get back into the habit of reading. Besides helping you to unwind after a long day of learning, it also allows your eyes a much-needed break from the screens. Time to hit up the school library!
#10 Increase your water intake
As cliché as it sounds, most of us don’t always drink the recommended amount of water daily. Keeping your body well-hydrated doesn’t just contribute to better performance, but also helps to boost your mood and can even aid in weight loss. Cultivate the habit of drinking water by keeping a jug nearby and downing a cup after every bathroom break. There are also apps like Daily Water and iDrated to monitor your intake so there’s no excuse to skip a sip!
#11 Join a club in school
Part of the fun of starting life in a new campus is the plethora of clubs and activities available. From photography to arts, sports to coding, the possibilities are endless. Joining a club is a great way to meet like-minded people with similar hobbies, all while garnering new experiences. If there isn’t an existing club that suits your interests, you can even take the initiative to start one and build your own community!
#12 Be a volunteer
If there’s a cause you feel strongly for, becoming a volunteer is the perfect opportunity to give back to the community. Volunteering can be a highly fulfilling experience, but bear in mind that it also requires a huge deal of commitment, so be sure to realistically evaluate your schedule before signing up. Even if you can’t help out regularly, there are other ways you can get yourself involved such as manning the reception, giving out promotional flyers, packing for goodie bags etc. Although these duties may seem menial, you’ll feel good knowing that you’re making a difference, no matter how small that may be.
#13 Pay attention in class
We know how hard it is to pay attention to long lectures in the early mornings, but that’s not a reason for you to slack off. If you find yourself easily fidgeting or losing concentration in class, try to refocus your attention on taking notes, asking questions or joining in group discussions. Not only does it keep you engaged, it may even score you a few bonus participation points too!
#14 Find your own method of relaxation
Not everybody has the same way of relaxing. Some like to pamper themselves with a warm bubble bath, while others may prefer singing their hearts out at a karaoke session. Regardless, it’s important to find an outlet that helps you to release the tension and cope with your emotions in a healthy manner. This way, you’ll be able to tackle the next day with a clearer, refreshed mind.
#15 Get an adequate amount of rest
Been sleeping at irregular hours due to late-night cramming sessions? Newsflash: pulling an all-nighter can actually be more harmful than helpful. Instead, stretch the hours you have in the day to complete your work so it will not hinder your bedtime, and leave the night to catch up on your sleep. It’s recommended that you clock in at least eight hours of snooze time every night!
#16 See the world
It’s a great big world out there! Even if you’re tight on a student’s budget, there are plenty of affordable vacations that allow you to travel far without breaking your bank, so it’s best to do it at this point in life when you have little to no heavy responsibilities. You’ll get to learn about different cultures and meet people from all walks of life – truly an experience that will last you a lifetime.
#17 Try your hand at journaling
Rather than airing your frustrations via angsty 280-character tweets, why not pen down your feelings in a good ol’ diary instead? Keeping a journal can benefit your overall wellbeing in many ways – be it helping you to stay organised, manage your stress, or get your creative juices flowing. Who knew keeping a record of your thoughts can have such a big impact?
#18 Don’t go to school on an empty stomach
You might not notice it, but there are a lot of people who would forgo their breakfast when they’re rushing off to school. Meanwhile, those who fuel up in the morning tend to have more energy and are able to concentrate better throughout the day. If you don’t have time to eat a full brekkie, grab a granola bar or a pack of cookies to munch on while on commute. This will help to curb your hunger pangs till lunchtime and keep you energised in class.
#19 Make 2019 a year of experiences
The next chapter of your life should be one that’s filled with a boundless amount of experiences that would only fuel your desire to learn and grow. As you embark on your tertiary journey, be ready to seize the opportunities that come your way and make the best of them. Take the time to soak into the vibrant campus life and get yourself involved in as many activities as possible. 2019 is your year to shine!
This article was adapted from Teenage Passport To Your Future 2019.
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