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New Year, New Semester, New Goals

Happy New Year! A new year feels like a fresh start to accomplish the goals and resolutions you set for yourself. Let’s get started in planning your year ahead.

Reflect.

The best way to look forward is to celebrate what’s behind you. Take a moment to think about what you accomplished last year and how you felt about your life moments. We especially love the free YearCompass as a guide to reflect and to craft your new year goals.

Write it out!

Writing your goals has been scientifically proven to be much more effective than just thinking about them. So grab your favorite pen and whether it is on a sticky note, planner, or poster writing can help you achieve what ever is on your mind.

For example, if you are trying to be healthier this year and one way to do that is to stop late night snacking, there is a tip to place a sticky note on places reminding you of this goal. But there are endless ways to really write things into existence, so feel free to get creative.

Phone a friend

What if you and your best friend have the same resolution? While you might find a new gym buddy sharing your resolutions with your friend group is also a great way to create some friendly accountability. And for those of us with a slight competitive streak this can turn into a contest but remember to respect everyone’s limits and abilities when comparing your progress!

Make a plan!

Let’s say you have a huge goal in mind, but making a plan on the small steps you will take to achieve it is just as important. Maybe you need to meet with some key people or mark your calendar accordingly, and that is where a plan can be your hidden trick to staying on track.

This can also be useful for those of us who might need an extra app or two to do this planning and managing for us.

Remember, whatever your resolutions to keep and open mind that the mentality toward accomplishing them is just as important and any of the tips above. If you made goals for the year all of the above still apply, so go get those dreams!

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