Welcome to 2017, hold on tight, because this year is surely going to be a ride. As you reflect and re-evaluate some of your choices made in the year gone by, use the New Year as an opportunity to look over your life and make positive changes. New Year's resolutions present the perfect opportunity to put timelines to your goals and clearly define what you wish to achieve. Being the charitable and caring bunch that we are here at Rosebank College, we would like to offer some help. Since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolutions, you will need all the help you can get.
Eat clean, stay lean
You will never look as good as you do in your 20's. Make the necessary exercise and dietary changes in your life to make sure that you stay in shape. Exercise and eating healthily not only make you look good, doing this will help you concentrate better and gives you an overall good feeling about life which is vital when the pressure kicks in.
There is no better time than the present. Make sure you do what you need to so you can do what you want to do. Make sure you stick to your study timetable and don't leave your assignments for the last minute, stress creates wrinkles and wrinkles are not flattering.
Stop multitasking, start singletasking
Multitasking has been labelled as an art, but according to researchers, multitasking doesn't work. In fact, it decreases your productivity by as much as 40%. In addition to hindering your productivity, it also lowers your IQ and shrinks your brain – reducing density in the region responsible for cognitive and emotional control. Need we say more?
Always aim to do better than you did yesterday in everything you do. If you are shy, make an effort to speak to someone new, or aim for that 80% if you managed to score 70% in your last test. Setting yourself challenges makes life that much more interesting.
Give up the bad habits
Giving up bad habits such as smoking takes a lot of will power, but it is possible! Not only does smoking damage your lungs and lead to life threatening diseases such as cancer, bad habits can also stand in the way of your success.
Watch less TV
Watching TV can be addictive. In actual fact, the average person wastes a lot of time in front of the TV. Time that could be better spent doing something a lot more productive such as developing new skills, or keeping active. Once you reduce your time in front of the telly you will realize just how long and productive a day can really be.
Reduce time on social media
We all know how annoying it is when you are conversing with someone whose eyes are stuck on their phone. Social networks are great in moderation, but can take more time than they are worth if you let them.
Become more responsible
You aren't getting any younger, and part of growing up involves making good decisions. Take responsibility for your actions and avoid blaming others for your own mistakes.
Find joy in the little things and don't let problems bring you down. We all have a lot to be grateful for, take some time daily to appreciate what you have, remember you have more than most.
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Written by Karabo Keepile