The New Year is here and with it comes exciting new opportunities as well as new responsibilities. As a student in middle school or high school, it can be a little overwhelming to think about all the life events that may be coming up in the next few months or years.
Your next big step could be advancing into high school or earning your online diploma and moving on to college.
To help you make the transition, we listed five New Year’s resolutions perfect for you.
Keeping a calendar or planner is extremely helpful when starting a new stage of your life. It allows you to physically see what you need to do and helps you make a personal commitment to succeed.
Be sure to jot down any deadlines for each month as far in advance as you can so you can plan ahead and stay on top of things. Events, time off or any sort of personal plans should also be included so you can take all factors into account when doing schoolwork and planning for your future.
With technology being so available and easy to work with, you may already have something like this figured out on your computer or mobile device but if you don’t, a plain paper planner works like a charm in helping you stay organized.
Don’t Try to Do Everything
We’ve become so good at multitasking that we think one more thing added to the list can’t possibly be a bad thing. The truth is, trying to do “everything” can become overwhelming and result in frustration.
Try to prioritize your goals by due date, importance and impact. The more you focus on what is first priority, the faster you can move on to the next thing and feel like you’ve made a difference.
We’ve all done it– put things off until the last minute. And even though we may have gotten away with it we know the results could’ve been much better if we had just made time to complete that thing in advance.
If you underestimate how much time it’ll take to accomplish a task you’ll most likely find yourself writing a 10-page paper overnight. You become stressed, you want to finish the paper fast and the quality of your work suffers.
By working early and finishing with a little time to spare you can either move on to the next task or take a load off and relax for a bit.
Open New Doors
Being successful is all about finding balance. You should always work hard in school and remember the time you spend learning is an investment to your future but it’s also important to get involved and network. It can be hard to find people who share similar ideas or interests (especially in an online environment), but finding opportunities to join a club or leadership program before you get your online diploma will allow you to be much more prepared for that next stage of your journey.
Get Excited for the Future!
No matter what your next big step is, your journey will be a wonderful one so get excited and be proud of all the work you’re doing and will do. Meet new people, learn new things and enjoy the moments. Don’t hold yourself back and dream big.