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It’s That Time Again! What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Ah, it’s that time of the year again…time to make a few New Year’s resolutions and hopefully you can (at least) stick to achieving one! 

Start off the next decade right by setting the right resolutions. A lot of times, we set wrong ones because either it’s created based on what someone else or society is telling you to change or it’s too vague and you don’t even have a realistic plan for following through. 

In fact, set ‘smart’ goals, as in following a pervasive management strategy – SMART. 

  • Specific – be absolutely clear with your goals. Write down all the details. Don’t be vague. For example, if you want to learn a new skill to advance your career, you should say to yourself, “I will learn and develop a thorough understanding of [insert skill] in the next three months, and this way I will be qualified for a promotion or a new prospect.”
  • Measurable – if you’re learning a skill, perhaps make a progress chart or a checklist to keep track of your growth. You’ll be glad you did and glad to see a visual representation of your journey.
  • Achievable – continuing with our example of acquiring a new skill, having a big stretch goal will likely leave you frustrated and unproductive. Be realistic and set small milestones so you can push yourself little by little.
  • Relevant – just as you’re being realistic about your goal(s), also make sure it really matters to you and that you’re making it for the right reasons.
  • Time-bound – this one is similar to “achievable,” focus on the small wins and before you know it, you’re making good progress and getting closer and closer to your goal. 

Also, here are some excellent tips about setting New Year’s resolutions for students from Times Higher Education.

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