New Year, New Resolutions, New You

By Sarah Hoffbeck

With 2013 just begun, now is the perfect time to reflect and perhaps set some New Year’s resolutions that might actually be worth keeping.

Whether you’re an NDSCS college student, parent or grandparent, young professional or soon-to-be retiree, here are the top seven New Year’s resolutions worth setting in 2013:

  1. Learn to say “No.” Life is fast-paced and only getting faster. With more and more demands on your plate, learn to say “no” early on and don’t feel guilty for it. Know your limits and stick to them. Don’t commit to more than you can actually deliver.
  2. Don’t Procrastinate. If you don’t struggle with procrastination, then congratulations, you are one of the few in this world! Time is often a prized possession. Learn to practice good time management skills and strive to become a bit more organized.
  3. Use your Calendar. If you’re not a fan of the old-school calendars that you actually have to write in, utilize the calendar on your cell phone, computer, or other tech device. Make notes of due dates for monthly bills, class schedules, important work meetings, etc.
  4. Make a Budget. Commit to creating a monthly, or weekly budget, and stick to it! Then live only within the means of your budget.
  5. Manage your Stress. While I realize that we all have some stress, learning how to manage it and not letting it take over is key. Learn what makes your stress level lower—it could be exercise, eating a piece of chocolate, visiting the spa, or even just remembering to take a deep breath of air.
  6. Make Healthy Choices. Eat better, exercise more, sleep more and drink responsibly. Start with small and achievable goals and don’t feel bad if you slip-up.
  7. Reflect on your Social Media Habits. Are you a Facebook fanatic who posts frantically, or one tweet away from being a Twitter addict? If your social media habits are wreaking havoc on your real relationships, then it may be time to detox. Take a break, or at least set limits on how much time a day is reasonable to be active on social media.

Whether you pick one or two from this list, decide to tackle all seven, or just decide to set some of your own personal resolutions, good luck and stick with it.

Happy New Year!