Realistic New Year’s Resolutions: Student Edition


Many students set ambitious resolutions at the start of the year but struggle to achieve them.

The main culprit? Overly ambitious goals. If you really want to make a change in the New Year, the first thing you need to do is set goals that are relevant to your situation and realistic. Being honest with what you can and cannot do will help you form sensible goals that you can actually complete.

Here are some tips on how to make better New Year’s resolutions!

Acknowledge your limits

New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to step out of your comfort zone. However, it can be hard to leave the well-worn cycle of a routine – and that’s totally understandable! For many, making a drastic 180 degree change is simply unrealistic.

That’s why it’s important to acknowledge your limits when setting a goal. At the end of the day, understanding your limits does not mean you’re weak. Instead, it means you took the time to reflect and think carefully about what you want to improve on and how. With that in mind, you will form New Year’s resolutions that will be challenging, but not impossible.

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Manage your new year’s resolutions

Making resolutions is easy – actually sticking to them is another story. To help you stay on track, monitor your progress so you have a sense of how well you’re doing and where you need to make adjustments.

Another way to manage your goals is to break them down into smaller steps. This will help make bigger goals feel easier to approach and less intimidating. Then, as you reach each milestone, you will get a confidence boost. Before you know it, it will be the end of the year and you will have completed something you first thought was very difficult!

Another way to manage your New Year’s resolutions is to make shorter challenges. You don’t have to set goals that span the whole year. Instead, you can make seasonal or monthly goals, such as attending regular study sessions during the school year or saving up for a big trip with friends in the summer.

Goals for daily life

Student life is constantly busy and as a result, your personal New Year’s resolutions may fall by the wayside. To help stay on track, incorporate your resolutions into small daily challenges.

New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. You decide what the goals are, and what you want to achieve. Making honest resolutions means taking into account what your life is like, and what you value. At the end of the year, you are the one who will decide if the goals you made were the right fit or not. Until then, it’s worth giving something new a try!