New year, new college habits

Take a look at some New Years resolution ideas that may help you be more productive this semester

To quote one of the greatest shows of all time, “My new grade resolution is to waste more time surfing the web and watching movies.” That, of course, was Gordy the janitor from “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” and his excellent new grade resolution.

Any type of resolution can be tough, especially the dreaded New Year’s Resolution. I’ll give you my own “declassified” resolution guide to make sure you smash it out of the park with your New Year’s Resolutions.

Working out

Well, we have to talk about the classic resolution. Working out is the quintessential goal for many Americans at the turn of the year, but that doesn’t make it easy. Unless you’re a fitness junkie like powerlifter Eddie “The Beast” Hall, you probably aren’t going to like to lift weights and you might prefer sit and watch Netflix in your room instead.

The secret to keeping with an exercise routine is tricking yourself into being motivated. Try going in the morning with your friends. This will trick you into feeling guilty if you miss a session with your friends, as they will all have gone and you’ll be left out (this is one I have plenty of experience with as my roommate does this, and I feel guilty every morning).

Alternatively, try working out and then doing something you enjoy afterwards as a reward. This will keep you wanting to go back for more of what you enjoy afterwards. Once you find the tactic for you, it will be easy to keep your routine up.

Sleep more

In stark contrast with the above, some people just want to watch the world burn from their bed while they dream the day away, and that is perfectly fine. If you, like me, struggle to get a consistent eight hours of sleep, you can try these tips that have worked for me over the past year.

Try eating less sugar after 6 p.m. as this will help you have less energy come bed time. Another good suggestion is to not use your bed for anything but sleep.

The more activities you do in your bed, the more you will be accustomed to being awake in bed, and you will struggle to fall asleep. If staying asleep is your issue, when you wake up one morning, notice your posture in bed. While you’re asleep, replicate this to the best of your ability, and you should be more comfortable and get more sleep.

Study smarter

This is the one that speaks with most of us as we are still all students here at Christopher Newport University. Studying is not exactly my favorite pastime, which is ironic considering I am applying for graduate school. That being said, studying is hugely important, and I have a few strategies to make it more bearable.

First, you have to get a study group. Studying on your own leads to the temptation to do something more enjoyable. With a group by your side, you can suffer together and get more work done.

Next, you will want some kind of beverage to keep yourself focused. For the beverage, I recommend picking up “The Captain” from Einstein’s to keep you going.

Last, I recommend you take many breaks to keep yourself sharp. With these tips at your disposal, you should at least get a little more out of your average study sessions.

Cut out negativity

Cutting out negativity can be a daunting task, but it is something we should all try to  remove from our lives. Whether it is a bad relationship or something about your life that is bringing you down, it should be one of your goals to improve this aspect of your life.

Now I’m no expert in this, but I know that we have tons of resources here at CNU to help you make positive changes in your life. We should all take advantage of these great resources and make a positive move in our lives. These ideas can help you become a more motivated and more productive college student, and if you adopt these habits now, you can make them last and bring you more success throughout adulthood.

~Michael Innacelli, Sports Editor & Managing CNUTV Editor~


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