It’s that time of year again, folks – Back to School! Many of you school-goers have already been back for several weeks and, like me, you probably have some preconceptions about how this school year is going to turn out. As you may know, I absolutely adore making resolutions and I am in no way lazy or prone to procastibatory habits. Some of us set our bars high: get straight A’s, schmooze up professors for good recommendations, land an internship, etc. And some of us set our bars at a slightly lower level: make it through the year without dying… yep. (Or the slightly more ambitious “make it through the year without becoming a hermetic, manic depressive alcoholic.”)
What I’ve found to be the most damaging to our resolution-keeping morale is our delusory convictions that all of our resolutions are made within the bounds of reality. Bubble-bursting time: they’re usually not. “I’m going to lose 50 pounds by the end of the term!” All right, start by ignoring all your classes, then hit the gym twice a day every day for the next three months, whilst counting each calorie that makes it pass those porker lips of yours. Oh, and don’t forget to forget to eat. Good luck!
So here are my realistic resolutions for this upcoming term:
- Go to all my classes
- Don’t sleep in
anymore than one of my classes [per week]
- Send a request to the ego to hit the gym at least 3 times a week (Actually convincing self: optional)
- Indulge in a face-to-face interaction with someone new (even if it’s one of those Greenpeace canvassers)
Don’t procrastinate Procrastinate less
- Cultivate more strategic strategies of completing work at the penultimate moment before the deadline
- Go to sleep before midnight (unless there’s something irresistibly interesting on the Internet)
- Cut back on the awkwardness [just a smidge- don’t go crazy]
Well, I think that just about covers it. What more should I add to my realistic list of resolutions that I’ll totally keep?
What are some resolutions you’ve made for yourself this school year? Are they school-related or just general life-related? Hold yourself accountable and share them in the comments. Don’t worry, you’re in good demotivated company.