By February, 80 percent of people will have already given up on their New Year's resolutions.
Want to stick to yours? Be specific with the goals you set - and make them easy. Our list below tweaks five common New Year's resolutions to make them more manageable for students.
1. Instead of... "Go on a diet."
Change your resolution to: "Add one healthy food item to my diet each week."
It's a lot easier to add healthy foods to your diet than to limit yourself from the ones you love. If you're feeling ambitious, challenge yourself to do this daily instead of weekly.
2. Instead of... "Get better grades."
Change your resolution to: "Visit the Tutoring and Learning Center at least three times next semester."
The TLC is a free perk we wish more JJC students would take advantage of. By committing to visiting at least three times next semester, you'll set a clear goal, get the help you need with your studies - and a side effect will be improved grades.
Important Tip: The TLC books up fast, so make your appointment early. Visit jjc.edu/tlc. Call (815) 280-2730 for Main Campus or (815) 280-7785 for the Romeoville Campus.
3. Instead of... "Save more money."
Change your resolution to: "Learn how to create (and stick to) a budget."
One specific way to save more money is to create a budget. Need a little help with this? Check out these money saving hacks or these money management tips.
4. Instead of... "Read more books."
Change your resolution to: "Visit the library at least once a month."
Did you know that people who read books live longer? If reading is on your to-do list for next year, resolve to visit the library at least once a month so you never forget to pick up a book. The JJC Library is home to thousands of books in print, eBook and audiobook formats - you are bound to find one that piques your interest!
5. Instead of... "Focus on self-care."
Change your resolution to: "Learn how to meditate."
One of the best ways to focus on self-care is meditation. According to science, benefits include reduced stress, improved age-related memory loss, improved sleep and healthy blood pressure levels. It is also one of the best ways to achieve mental clarity.
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