The new year has arrived. We are officially aging— believe it or not. As much as I hate to ask whether your last year’s resolution plan was successful, only through reflection, I believe, you will grow. Jokes aside, let’s go over some of the steps to revise your resolution from last year or to come up with new, reasonable ones. I suggest you take out a notebook and a pen for this.
The best part about a new year is the fact that it drives people to think of a fresh start or new beginning. This mindset essentially drives people to be more productive and look forward to what the new year will offer. Life is unexpected, meaning that this year might bring you the greatest joys or potentially bad times— which is the fun of it.
These are some of my personal ways to get ready for the new year.
1. Reflect your past year in big chunks. Highlight some of your highlights and low lights, your successes or failures, your favorite moments or least favorite ones. After deep contemplation, write them all down and group them into categories. When going over your list, you may notice that there is a pattern or some irregularity that speaks to you. For example, last year may have been the year you thrived most academically. Reflect on what events happened leading up to that success—such as maybe your change in sleeping schedule and your decision to start studying in cafes. (I have an article on this). I strongly believe the thing that anyone needs after success or failure is the moment to reflect and determine the cause or reason behind it. Without this, there is no way you can see individual progress and grow.
2. Start drafting away goals you want to achieve for the new year. Start with broad goals and then slowly narrow it down. Make sure your goals are reasonable and there is potential for you to achieve it. I suggest instead of working on a big goal, you should divide it into chunks. Giving yourself small goals will not only give you the motivation to accomplish them but give you checkpoints to see if you are well on your way to accomplish the big goal you have in mind. For example, instead of “I want to get better grades”, make goals like “Change my study habit by starting homework as soon as I get home” and “Get a binder to organize my school papers.” These small yet accomplishable goals are really anyone’s best bet.
3. Now the last step is to go over your past year’s reflection to come up with new goals. By doing this, you will most likely see the points in your life which need the most improvement. This step may seem obvious to a lot of us but I find that not many people actually create goals that reflect their past but rather is centered around their future.
Remember, you got this. Don’t fret about the new year. Most likely, this year will be filled with bittersweet moments. With this in mind, comment below some of the personal goals you have in mind!