2015 was the year a dress tore the internet apart (#blackandblue), One Direction broke hearts, and “Trap Queen” dominated the charts. Left Shark was the star of the Super Bowl, Justin Bieber made a comeback, and Drake taught us some new moves a la “Hotline Bling.”
While there’s no telling what 2016 will bring in pop culture phenomena, we can count on the familiar promise of a newer, shinier you the new year always offers. Everyone else may be breaking their resolutions already, but with the right steps, “new year, new me” can actually ring true for you. Ditch the “lose weight,” “save money,” and “learn something new” death traps, and create focused goals you’ll be checking off your list by the end of the year.
Resolve to get more zzz’s. It’s no surprise that more sleep improves your health and overall state of mind, but students who sleep well also perform better on exams. According to a study conducted by KU Leuven, “Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep.” So, whether you aim for 8 hours and go to bed at 10 p.m. on the dot, or sneak in a cat nap between classes, get more rest!
2. Learn to say “no.”
With a little practice, this becomes a lot easier with time. If you look at your average day (or, heck, your life in general) in more mathematical terms, there is a finite amount of time you have to spend. And if you find yourself agreeing to go hang out – or even help others – instead of tackling your personal priorities, by the time you finish subtracting all the hours you’ve spent, you’ll see that you have very few hours left for you. It’s great to be involved; just make sure you have plenty of time for yourself, too.