There are two types of people at the beginning of a new year - the super motivated, raring to go after their goals and the ones that are still stuck in the Christmas holiday mode. Whether it be study, career or personal related, the happier, healthier, and more focused you are in yourself, the better you will perform and the easier you will achieve your goals.
These tips below will help you remain focused if your already on it, or inspire you to get up and go!
Create a Daily Schedule
This doesn’t necessarily mean a schedule purely for Uni related tasks, this can be for anything and everything. Sit down at the end of the day and write a list of everything you want to achieve for the following day. This can be anything from the time you’re going to get up, what you’re going to eat, your study time, to when you will shower and go to bed. Writing your day-by-day goals will make it easier to achieve them and won’t feel as daunting as writing it weekly/monthly. Hang it up on your wall so you see it multiple times throughout the day and keep yourself reminded of what targets you’ve set yourself. Theres something extremely satisfying when ticking off your completed “to-dos” at the end of the day!
Reduce Screen Time
One of the biggest time wasters preventing us from achieving our goals, no matter how big or small, is too much screen time! Something were all guilty of. We automatically go on our phones as soon as we wake up, before we go to sleep and multiple times throughout our day. Not to mention the impact social media can have on your mental wellbeing. Imagine how productive and focused we could be if we reduced that and removed those factors from our daily routine! Rather than scrolling Instagram in the morning, why not read a few pages of that book you’ve been meaning to start for months? Or listen to that podcast your friends have been recommending whilst writing your daily goals. Try and make yourself conscious of anytime you’re reaching for your phone and think what you could be doing instead.
It’s so easy to fall into a trap when your away at Uni of eating more takeaways, drinking an increased amount of alcohol and not really being active. But its crazy how much of an impact all of that has on your body, your mood and your overall attitude and performance. Although its super difficult, trying to change that is extremely important for you to do your best at Uni and compete your personal goals. After all, your body will treat you the way you treat your body. Try and be active, whether it be a workout at a gym or just a short brisk walk and eat nutritious meals. Be conscious of what you’re putting in your body and remember that you don’t have to completely restrict yourself to have a balanced diet.
Don’t isolate yourself if you’re feeling the pressure of Uni life. In fact, make time to socialise in your schedule, even during revision periods. It’s so important to have people around you that you can speak to, enjoy a coffee or lunch with. Being away from home can already feel lonely, and you may have concerns surrounding your studies, but you’d be surprised how many other students around you will be feeling the same.
All the above points fall into the category of self-care. The moment you realise the importance of taking care of you and prioratising you, the easier everything else will flow. Self-care can be anything little from taking a relaxing bath, to an unwinding walk, or even treating yourself to something you’ve had your eye on. Just remember to find a balance in everything you do.