Did you know that goal setting decreases procrastination and helps you focus? It may seem like something small, but working toward a goal is a powerful tool for productivity. Even if your goal is simple (like practicing meditation once a week or to drink more water), you'll still benefit because you're establishing healthy habits.
Want to create a goal for this semester? Take a look at our list below for ideas!
1. Aim for all A's.
It's never a bad idea to focus on academics. Think you'll need some help reaching this goal? Stop by the Tutoring and Learning Center (C-2010 for Main; RMA-1039 for Romeoville) to make an appointment with a faculty or peer tutor.
2. Strengthen relationships with your professors.
When students have good relationships with their professors, they are more likely to excel academically. It's also easier to ask a professor to write you a recommendation letter or put in a good word for you if you cultivate a relationship with them.
3. Research internship opportunities for this summer or next year.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, internships could be the key to landing a job. Studies show that those who have internship experience are more likely to find employment upon graduation. Check out our blog on how to start your summer internship search or set up an appointment with the Career Services Center at (815) 280-2756 for internship search help.
4. Go to bed on time every night.
According to the Center for Disease Control, adults between the ages of 18-60 need at least seven hours of sleep each night to function properly the next day. Go catch some Z's for an easy energy boost!
5. Clean up your social media profiles.
Do a quick audit of your social media pages, whether you have them set to private or not. Choose a professional profile picture, delete unfavorable posts and add any relevant career information so that you're ready to apply for a job post-graduation.
6. Make time for yourself.
It's so easy to get bogged down with school, homework, your job and family obligations. This semester, make self-care a priority. Take time to do something once a week just for yourself, whether it's reading a book, learning a new hobby or meditation.
7. Do nice things for others.
New semester, new attitude! Try to do one nice thing for someone every day and you'll realize a little kindness can go a long way. In addition to brightening someone else's day, a side effect is that you'll become happier, too!
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