Want to Be Better in the New Year? Set your Agenda Now
By Nathan Glushka
Something big is coming up. Not Hanukkah, not Christmas, not even National Flashlight Day on December 21st. What am I referring to? 2016, baby! But, more importantly, New Year’s and specifically New Year’s resolutions. Most people make them, including myself, but no one seems to keep them. “New year, new me,” we say, and we honestly believe that, except half the time we keep our word for a week, maybe two, and then it’s pretty much over.
One fantastic and widely used example of this is the surge in gym memberships around January 1st. A lot of people across the country, again myself included, will suddenly become super motivated to get in top shape for the New Year. But, as soon as school or work starts back up, it becomes harder to find the time. With all the monotony and exhaustion that comes with the second semester, adding another practice such as daily workouts or eating healthier seems like just another undesirable chore.
I understand that feeling all too well, which is why I’m suggesting a slightly different plan for y’all this year. Start your resolution, whatever it may be, the week after exams. This ensures that you have the time to keep it for two weeks before school starts back up. By the time you set foot again on campus, your resolution should be a habit that will stick. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a new year for you to be a new person.