It’s finally 2018! With the turn of a New Year, just about everyone is thinking it might be time for a change in their life. Unfortunately, New Years resolutions can be tricky. Although it is good to be ambitious, many people set their goals too high. Setting realistic goals can be particularly hard for college students; we already have a hefty academic workload and many of us participate in extracurricular activities as well. But don’t let your new aspirations fail: here is how to set realistic goals for a college lifestyle.

Take a Step Back and Define Your Goal

Before you set a goal, take a step back and evaluate what you’re satisfied and dissatisfied with in your life. Although this may sound silly, actually write down what you hope to change: define it. Without writing it down, your goal may not be as clear and defined, therefore, making it harder to achieve.

Don’t Be in Such a Rush

You won’t be able to achieve your goal overnight. Come to terms with the fact that your goal is going to take effort, time, and attention. If you truly are committed, you won’t want to rush.

Don’t Procrastinate

On the other hand, none of your goals will be reached if you don’t take action. Don’t waste any time! Set a goal and stick to it. If you’re not ready to work for it, you won’t reach it.

Ask a Professional for Advice

Whatever your goal may be, there is an expert willing to help. They may be able to help you set a realistic time frame for your goal, and talk about what roadblocks you may have to overcome along the way.

Decide on How Much You Want to Do Each Day

Organization is key. Evaluate how much you have on your plate already, and see how much free time you have to squeeze something else in. Then, set a realistic amount time to commit to your goal each day.

Mark it on the Calendar, but Be Generous

Set a timeframe for achieving your goal based on what you want to get done each day. However, it is important to give yourself a generous amount of time. Life can be tough. If anything sets you back from your goal, you will have some leeway.

Find a Goal Buddy

Everything is always easier if you have someone to motivate you. If you are able, try to find someone else that will work towards this journey with you and can celebrate with you at the end.

Take Advantage of Helpful RIT Resources

If your goal is to lose weight, RIT has great recreational facilities such as the Gordon Field House. If your goal is to get better grades, we have a great Academic Support Center and amazing professors. RIT has an infinite number of different resources. You find almost anything you need to help you with whatever goal you are trying to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to set goals. With the proper planning and attention, anything is possible. Happy New Year, Tigers! Let’s make 2018 a great one.

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