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5 Things To Start Doing In 2016

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

At the beginning of every year, most people spend time thinking about what they want to change in the new year. After reading several articles and reflecting on what has worked for me this year, I’ve put together a list of five things I think people (including myself) should start doing this year if they aren’t doing it already.

Why not make this year the best one yet? Start doing these things in 2016:

1. Grow Your Savings

As college students, we’re all aware of the struggle of handling our money. Some people are just better at it than others, I am not one of them. Last year I decided that instead of managing my savings account and depositing whenever I wanted, that I would setup automatic deposits. This has been life-changing for me. I never noticed the money gone, and it’s already added up greatly. For every paycheck, it automatically deposited $20. I also have saved any tip money I received at the end of the month from my job.

2. Find Your Relaxation

I feel like this world becomes more and more stressful each year, and each year I feel less equipped to handle it. I’ve been researching many different solutions and I think I’ve found a remedy for me. Over the past two months I have replaced soda with hot tea, which was mainly for weight loss reasons, but it has helped my emotional health tremendously. The most important thing to remember is that relaxation looks different for everyone. My relaxation is making myself a cup of tea, and either sitting in my yard, or rocking in the chair on my porch. Learn what calms you down and leaves you feeling happy, then remember to practice this often to reduce stress and increase your inner peace.

3. Read More

This is actually a goal of mine for 2016. I have read more this past year and picked up a book or two every now and then, but it’s my goal to read one book each month for this year. I remember how much I used to love reading, and how calming it was. I want to get back to that instead of filling my nights with Netflix. Reading is found to help in so many areas of your life including stress, happiness, creativity, and even your grammar! Visit www.bookrenter.com for some reading inspiration!

4. Volunteer

For most of us, our schedules can be almost maxed out to the limit. Adding another thing to it can seem impossible. Even still, I’ve decided for this next year that I’m going to overcome the impossible and set some time aside to volunteer at the local children’s center. I’m passionate about children, so it’ll be a great fit. Find what inspires you and you will see that it will seem less like a “chore” and more like another fun thing to do. If you really can’t give your time, get creative to think of how you can give back. A few weeks ago my friend and I had a “purse stuffing” party to stuff unwanted backpacks and purses full of everyday essentials to hand out to any homeless people we cross paths with. Imagine if everyone gave back just a little bit? It would make things just a little bit nicer, don’t you think?

5. Let Go Of The Negative

After a pretty rough year for me, it will be great to mentally refresh. If you’ve had a rough year too, or had a few bad instances, let go of any negative feelings and leave it behind in 2015. Make a decision to be positive going forward. This could even apply to negative situations you may find yourself in or people you hang out with – if you want to improve your situation, think of removing yourself from these scenarios. Use goals and daily motivational quotes to get you started, then it’ll become a routine. The past is the past for a reason, so get past it and look positively toward your future.

These five things are things that I’ve been working on for myself, and will continue to do in 2016. With how busy and stressful life can be, I think the most important thing to remember is to relax. Enjoy life and don’t worry about the small stuff!

Happy New Year! What change will you be making for 2016?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions

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Sylwia Baran

The New Year is upon us and everyone is abuzz with their resolutions for 2015. The tricky part every year is actually sticking to the resolutions past the first week of the new year.

Here are a few tips to help you accomplish your New Year’s resolutions:

1. Set Achievable Goals

Most of the time, when we don’t follow through with our New Year’s resolutions, it’s because we set unrealistic goals for ourselves. Challenge yourself with your resolution, but make sure it’s something that you can actually complete. The more likely you can reach your goal, the more likely you will achieve it.

2. Start Slow

Going cold turkey on January 1st is probably not the best way to start off your resolution. Whatever your resolution is, start with small goals and gradually work up from there. Set check points along the way to see yourself making progress. This will also allow you to realistically maintain your goal and allow it to work into your new lifestyle.

3. Reminders

It’s easy to remember your resolutions in the beginning of January when everyone is still talking about them, but as the talk dies down, so does the daily reminders. Thankfully, there are a ton of apps out there that can do just that for you every day. It also doesn’t help to get a friend to help you keep you on track!

4. Don’t Dwell on Slip-Ups

Don’t beat yourself up whenever you don’t accomplish the goals you set for yourself or you’re deterring from the plan you had set. We are bound to slip up in the process from time to time, but don’t let that stop you from working on your resolutions.

5. Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself for the small accomplishments during the process is just as important as not beating yourself up for the small slip-ups. Each time you’ve made progress toward your goals, or even at the end of each week of working towards your resolution, treat yourself to something special that will encourage you to continue your progress in the upcoming week.

What is your resolution this year? How are you planning on making sure you accomplish it? Tell us in a comment below!

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Fresh Start To A Great Year

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“This year I’ll do better.” These 5 words, and similar variations of them, are probably the most common words uttered by students all across the globe. It’s what we tell ourselves at the beginning of every school year and yet 3 or 4 weeks into the semester we realize we’re not exactly living up to it. But have no fear! This year WILL be better if you just follow these 3 rules and stick to them!

1. Don’t Procrastinate

We all fall victim to procrastination at one point or another but you must fight the urge! As soon as an assignment is handed out, start working on it. Now, I’m not saying to complete a 10 page paper the day your professor announces it, but each day take some time to work on it. Not only will your course load seem lighter when you do this, but it will also take a huge amount of stress out of your daily life which will lead to an overall better college experience.

2. Forget the Past

If your previous semesters didn’t go so great, don’t let that put a damper on your present and your future. It’s important to start every semester with a clean slate, that means no pouting over that Math class you failed last year! If you go into each school year with a negative outlook, you’re more likely to get negative outcomes. It may seem difficult, but try to forget the bad of the past and focus only on the possibilities of the future.

3. Set New Goals

College is about challenging yourself. Start each semester with some short-term personal goals for yourself – whether it be to get better grades, to meet new people, join a club, party less, party more, find an internship, etc. Whatever it may be, make a list of a couple of things you’d like to have done by the end of the semester and actually do them. This way you’ll feel more accomplished as you cross off each goal, but you’ll also be creating more memories and hopefully be bettering yourself.

If you remember these three rules, this could be your best year yet! What short term goals do you want to accomplish this year? Tell us in a comment below!

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SMART Resolutions

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you’re like the vast majority of people who make New Year’s resolutions, you probably don’t follow through with them very often; or at least for more than a few months. I am certainly guilty of this and gave up making resolutions all together. Then I started making SMART goals that have given me a specific clear vision of what I want to accomplish and how I will do it.

“SMART” is an acronym for “specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound” requirements that can help you format a realistic goal:

1. Specific Goals

There are five questions you must ask yourself to create a specific goal. You need to ask what your goal is and why you are making this goal; what is it you want to achieve? Who else is involved that contributes to the problem or to the solution? Where and when specifically will this goal be accomplished? Is anything holding you back from achieving this? What can help you achieve it?

2. Measurable Goals

Use quantitative amounts. Rather than saying, “I want to lose weight,” identify an exact number you want to lose and you can even go further by identifying the specific amount of time you want to use to accomplish that goal. For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds by 3 months.”

3. Attainable Goals

Set a realistic goal and figure out how to reach it. If you want to “be able to bench press 350lbs in 2 weeks,” but you currently only bench 150 and you only workout once in a blue moon, that is not a realistic goal to have. Make sure you are capable to complete the goal you set and get a second opinion on it from someone who is able to give constructive criticism.

4. Relevant Goals

Have a goal that actually matters. Is this goal worth your time and effort? Will it improve your life? Will others support or benefit from this goal? The more relevant this goal is to your life, the more motivation you will have to accomplish it.

5. Time-Bound Goals

Make a time limit for your goal like a deadline for an essay. This can help you track your progress and make it easier to take advantage of your down time. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, you’ll more likely be working towards your goal.

The beauty of the “SMART” criteria is that it is universally applicable to any goal. No matter what your resolution is, shape it around SMART to help you achieve it.

Good Luck!

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Don’t Break It: Sticking To Your Resolutions

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Even if they don’t admit it, everyone has some sort of New Year’s resolution! Every year is a fresh start and the idea of a life refresh button is something everyone is happy about. The biggest issue with resolutions is sticking to them! Here are a few tips that I used last year for my resolution and I actually accomplished my goal! My goal was to lose 30 pounds, and I did that plus a little more by following these tips! These may not work for everyone, but it’s a good place to start!

1. Tell People About Your Goal

Accountability is something that almost always works, because we don’t want others to know if we fail! The more people that know about your goal, the better. I was embarrassed about admitting I needed to lose weight, but I posted it on Facebook anyway because that was a solid 1,000+ people that would be aware of what my goal was for the year. Not to mention the love and support I got from everyone throughout my weight loss made me feel amazing!

2. Self- Motivation Cards & Posters

This isn’t something I do just for a resolution, I have these for when I’m feeling sad, anxious, or mad – but it definitely worked during my weight loss challenges. I put together for myself little note card booklets with uplifting, inspiring, and motivating quotes that I look through when I feel down! This helps when you don’t have someone else there to motivate you, and it helps to clear your head of the negative energy we put on ourselves!

3. Recruit A Friend

If there is someone you know that you think would want to make the resolution with you, that will help you! Especially if you’re doing something like losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, etc. It’s great to have someone go through the struggle with you, so you don’t feel alone! It’s also great to have someone who can be constant motivation for you!

I hope these can help you accomplish any goal you have set for yourself and this New Year! Just keep reminding yourself why you set the goal in the first place, and that can be such a great motivation in itself!

Happy New Year!

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