How To Actually Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Ah, New Year’s.  It’s a time for a fresh start, a new you, and a very very profitable time for gyms everywhere (we’re guessing).  People are either really hopeful or really cynical about New Year’s resolutions, though. Lucky for y’all, we’re definitely on the hopeful side of things when it comes to a new start.  So we’re here to help you keep those resolutions you’ve sworn you’re gonna keep, because we believe in you, superstar.

Maybe you resolved, like the rest of America, to start working out.  And yeah, you’re probably going through the normal stages by now.  It’s been a few weeks, and you’re starting to get back to school, work, and your busy busy life, so you’ve skipped a workout or two… or five.  It’s okay.  Breathe.  You’ll have that spring break beach bod before you can say PCB.  You just gotta want it.  Instead of binge-watching New Girl in bed after a long day, hit the mechanical bike with your phone and binge watch New Girl while you bike.  Or, take a friend with you to the gym.  If you know someone else will be there with you, it’s so much easier to go consistently, and if you’re competitive, it’ll drive you to do better. It’s a win-win.

Or you might be trying to get that 4.0 this semester.  Maybe you looked back on fall semester and thought, maybe I should start studying before finals season.  You should, by the way.  My friend, we all have bad semesters academically.  But if getting a college education were easy, wouldn’t everyone do it?  Just like working out, it’s never fun to stay in and study when you could be doing hoodrat things with your squad.  But trust me, those nights in studying turn into As, and those hoodrat things are fun, but they won’t help that GPA.  Think of it this way: if you study a little bit every day for 2 weeks leading up to the test instead of the night before, you have more time to do hoodrat things with your squad and you’ll end up on that Dean’s List. 

A lot of people actually resolve to gossip less, from what I’ve heard lately (haha, get it?).  And this one is all about who you’re hanging out with, really.  If you hang out with people who gossip all the time, you’re gonna gossip all the time.  That doesn’t mean you have to ditch your friends.  It does mean that you can make a conscious effort to stop gossiping, and when your girls start, change the subject.  Or, instead of adding negativity to the conversation, say something positive about the person.  If you put positivity out there, odds are, you’ll get it back.  Talk to your friends like Leslie Knope talks to Ann Perkins.  Go spread those good vibes instead of rumors.  

We hate to admit it, but it’s a good resolution to watch less Netflix.  We know, we know, it’s so satisfying to watch your favorite show at the end of your long day of being you.  But there’s a difference between a couple episodes of Gilmore Girls and an entire season.  Quitting cold turkey never works, so a way to beat the Netflix addiction is to set a limit.  And maybe stop watching shows with cliffhangers.  Tell yourself you can only watch Netflix after you’re completely done studying and doing all the things you gotta do.  Start reading before bed instead of watching Friends for the 14th time.  Your mom was right, reading is what the cool kids do.

Hey, speaking of reading, maybe you’re trying to be on that phone less.  I’m sure your parents tell you all the time that looking at screens is bad for your eyes.  And as much as we loooove our phones and laptops, they kinda are.  Like there’s a lot of scientific research on how the lights in screens are bad for your eyes and your brain.  There’s also proof that using your phone releases dopamine in your brain, and if you remember from your Intro to Psychology class freshman year, dopamine is what makes us feel good and is linked with addiction, meaning our phones are actually kinda addictive.  Yikes.  But you can totally kick the habit, and it’ll be good for your personal relationships (yes, we all analyze text messages, no, it’s not a good thing) and your mental health.  There’s other things that release that dopamine, like delicious food and exercise. And those things are better for your eyes and brain.  

You might’ve recently realized that you don’t really have any hobbies.  Maybe you resolved to get a hobby, like learning to knit or playing the guitar or chess or taxidermy (hey, no judgment).  But then you bought the knitting needles and yarn and realized… wow, this is actually kinda hard.  Why don’t the loops look like the loops in the picture?  Is this scarf supposed to have holes in it?  And then the needles and yarn sit in your closet until it’s time to move out at the end of the semester.  Well, we don’t believe in giving up, and neither should you.  Pick those needles back up and watch a few more YouTube videos, and you’ll have a stylish new scarf that all your friends are jealous of in no time.  

And hey, some of us just resolve to get our lives together.  Whatever that means.  I mean, it’s college.  None of us have it together.  But it’s always a good idea to grow up a little, even if it’s scary.  Take a personal finance class, or learn how to cook healthy food since you’ve already mastered pizza rolls.  Use that adorable planner for actually planning your week, instead of wasting $30 on a cute spiral bound thing that takes up room in your backpack and burns a hole in your wallet.  Yeah, it’s tough to get it together, but it’s tougher if you put it off.  You don’t have to get it together in one day.  Baby steps, my friend.  

Most of all, resolve to have lots and lots of fun, productivity, and happiness in 2017.  We’re rooting for you, now go hit the books or the gym.  You got this.