12 Great Habits To Kick Start The New Term

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Since we’re kicking off the new year with a brand new term this could be the perfect opportunity for you to start some new habits to make your life easier for 2018. Research suggests it only takes 21 days to form a habit so it’s best to start them A.S.A.P!

  1. Start your work in plenty of time before the deadline: I know leaving assignments until the last minute is something a lot of us are guilty of and it’s definitely something that I need to work on but procrastinating is only going to make your life harder. For most of us it’s usually the case that we get an assignment and think we have plenty of time but before we know it we have a pile of work that’s due in a couple of days. This term you will be getting a lot more summatives so start them in plenty of time to balance your workload and get the best mark possible since these actually count towards your overall grade.
  2. Plan your day / Set goals: Most people can get a lot more done in a day if they already have a clear plan of what they’re going to achieve from the outset. It can feel really rewarding to tick things off your to do list throughout the day so make a plan the night before so you can get your day off to a great start as soon as you wake up.
  3. Make better use of your time: Productivity is key to achieving everything on your to do list so set yourself realistic time limits and try to plan how long you’re going to spend on Instagram or watching Netflix (I know this can be difficult!!).
  4. Keep up with your course requirements: The longer you leave your reading and notes to pile up, the more daunting it becomes and harder it is when revising for exams so keep up on top of it on a weekly basis for less stress over the Easter break.
  5. Drink enough water: The NHS advises we should be drinking around 1-2 litres of water a day. When your brain is functioning on a full reserve of water, you will be able to think faster, be more focused, and experience greater creativity. If your brain drops 2 percent in body water, you may suffer from fuzzy short-term memory, experience problems with focusing, and have trouble with math computations which could all affect your work.
  6. Eat healthy: It doesn’t have to be expensive to get your five a day, a few cheap ideas are frozen fruits and vegetables, lentils, canned fruits and even try eating locally and seasonally will help to cut the price. It’ll probably cheaper than eating a takeaway every night anyway as well containing much less calories and much more vitamins.
  7. Exercise: As well as improving your general fitness, exercising releases endorphins which can massively help to reduce stress and improve your ability to sleep, although I know some people may not need a lot of help with that.
  8. Clean your room: Keeping your room clean and tidy can reduce mental and physical stressors. It has been shown that creating habits like making your bed improves happiness and productivity levels because it helps you to feel on top of things.
  9. Join a society/sport: If you haven’t already joined a sport or society or a mixture of the two then broaden your horizons in 2018 and try something new.
  10. Get enough sleep: Getting an adequate amount of sleep will not only make you perkier and more easy to concentrate throughout the day but help to consolidate memories when you sleep therefore helping you to retain more of your revision.
  11. Budget your money: Student loans don’t go very far when you’re spending it all on new clothes and nights out so set budgets for the basics and the fun stuff as soon as your money comes in so you’re not left eating pot noodles for the last few weeks of term.
  12. Don’t to be too hard on yourself: Anyone would struggle to do these perfectly so just give it your best effort, remember how amazing you are and who knows what you might achieve in 2018!

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