I don’t know about you, but I am a self-improvement addict. I’m constantly processing my life, looking for things that could be better, changed, improved. To me, the freshness of the new year is one of the best things ever.
Just as wonderful in my world is the beginning of a new semester. The word ‘new’ implies that you’re free to break away from the mold you were in previously. You are free to improve, free to change and grow and do new things. You can rock this new phase in a whole new way.
HERE ARE SEVEN WAYS TO ROCK THE NEW SEMESTER:
1. BUY A PLANNER
If you don’t have a planner, buy one, and then religiously keep track of your homework, projects, tests, and any other sort of due dates that press in on students. Having everything written out clearly keeps those deadlines in order and allows you to relax knowing that you have all the details you need. Get in the habit of bringing it to each of your classes and writing down assignments as professors give them out.
2. CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR YOURSELF
Knowing what your week should look like helps keep you tracking toward the goals you want to achieve and getting the things that are priority done. Personally, I use my iPhone calendar and break each week up in color coded blocks, leaving chunks of free time so I don’t burn out but scheduling not only things I HAVE to do, but things I want to get done. Do what works for you, whether that’s using pen and paper, setting up a typical weekly schedule at the beginning of the semester and following it each week, or using a phone calendar like me.
3. PICK UP A NEW HOBBY
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, a skill you’ve wanted to learn, but you’ve never actually taken the time to start? Pick up that thing and do it! This new semester in a new year gives wonderful room for new self development. Become a reader of great works, a writer, a knitter, musician, chef — whatever you’ve been wanting to learn or do, pick up that hobby and get started!
4. CREATE CHALLENGES FOR YOURSELF
If you’re not challenged, you don’t change. Personal challenges don’t have to be massive — they can be as simple as consistently getting homework turned in on time if you typically procrastinate or fighting to get eight hours of sleep each night. Figure out which areas of your life you want to see growth in, and develop challenges to make that growth happen.
5. LOOK FOR THE SMALL CHANGES WITH BIG IMPACTS
If you’ve found yourself in a funk, start looking for the little things you can switch up in your life that will have a much larger impact. Personally, when I really want to change things up, I typically cut my hair differently or go for a certain style in how I dress for a period of time. Maybe you need to move things around on your desk so that it’s a more effective study space or switch up hair or makeup products that aren’t working as well for you anymore.
6. ACTUALLY READ THE SYLLABI
I have news for you: The syllabi your professors hand out ACTUALLY contain important information. Shocker. If you don’t take the time to read through your syllabi when you receive them at the beginning of the semester, writing important dates and deadlines in your planner and taking note of any important information, start this semester.
7. CHANGE YOUR SPACE
If you’re living in student housing, chances are you have a fairly small, defined chunk of space to call your own. If you’ve been living with it in disarray, undecorated, and without any sort of definition of the space, here’s your opportunity to change that. Clean up your space, organize your closet, find some posters you love, hang up pictures, buy some cute plants for your desk. Truly make your space your own place that is relaxing and comforting to be in, and you’ll make your semester so much better.
What are you excited to change or start this semester? Let HYPELINE know in the comments!