Goals for 2015 and Beyond

I’ve never liked making New Years Resolutions. To me, it’s a cheap way to make people feel better about their life for a few weeks until they eventually give up and go back to their old habits. Or, for some, their resolutions just aren’t achievable in the year they decide to do them. I decided that this month I was going to make a list of short term and long term goals instead of resolutions.
In addition, I decided to choose one trait to hone in on during 2015 and that is…
(duh duh duhhhhhhh)

Short Term Goals-
  1. Learn how to study effectively and efficiently, rather than studying a lot.
It may not seem like that makes any sense, but let me quick explain. I used to spend hours and hours studying and doing homework (thanks school) but a lot of the time my grades wouldn’t reflect the hard work I put in. I realized that I need to be focusing on finding the study techniques that work for me, and focusing on those. I need to keep away from distractions while doing my work (I’m talking to you Tweeter). Most importantly, I need to put in the effort to meet with my teachers and assure that the material I’m studying is what I should be focusing the most on.
  1. Review things!
I have never been a fan of the reviewing and editing stage of the writing process, and that has always, without a doubt, been one of my most troubling downfalls in school as well as blogging and networking. I need to force myself to review my work before clicking send or submit or print until it becomes a permanent habit.
  1. Follow through.
I need to remind myself this year, but more importantly this school year, to follow through with what I say I will do. Too many times I make promises, or goals, or committments that I cannot uphold and I need to stop doing that. When I make a deal, I need to learn to follow through with it.

Long Term Goals-
  1. Find balance.
I’m not going to lie, I’m still not sure how to balance my priorities and my life and my wants and needs. However, I do know how important it is to find that balance. I’m working on it this year, and it’s one of my biggest goals for 2015. Just going to school and taking the AP classes and SATs and ACTs that I do is enough to overwhelm a person, but when you add in the beginning of the college process, running a blog, networking, doing extracurriculars, enjoying yourself and seeing friends, it’s hard to remember what is important. Or what sleep is.
  1. Be healthier.
About a year and a half ago, I became a pescetarian, which means that I have a vegetarian diet but I also eat fish and other seafood. This was mostly for health reasons, because eating a lot of meat (like I had been doing) can have bad future effects on your heart. Not trying to sound preachy, just explaining. Recently I’ve fallen into a slight rut and have been relying on cookies a little too much to be healthy, so I want to focus on snacking healthy in addition to healthy meals.
  1. Keep in touch.
Networking, in any industry, is so incredibly crucial. Being busy with school and whatnot, I haven’t been the best with keeping in touch with contacts that I have made. This dissapoints me beyond belief because I have met some truly incredible people, and I’m hoping this year I will be able to successfully rekindle lost relationships and gain some new ones. If any one is reading this and wants to meet up for coffee this summer and let me pick your brain on the industry or anything else, let me know.

What are your goals/resolutions for this year? Do you make resolutions?

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