By Laura, PLA Team Leader
Before the craziness of school and classes and time-pressured commitments returns next week, take advantage of the last few days of break to put yourself in the best place to start second semester. Be it that you are considering this a clean slate, or just a continuation of last semester’s success, here are ten thing to think about doing NOW that will help you LATER:
1) Not a regular at the gym? Yes, it is a cliché New Year’s resolution, but start small and you will see big differences – improvements in everything from your mood to your level of alertness to how you feel about yourself to your day-to-day productivity. If you rarely exercise, start with just 3 times a week for 30 minutes and you may be surprised at the result. Or at least surprised at how big and beautiful the ARC is!
2) Don’t be afraid to try a new study technique, or update an old one. Look at what didn’t work effectively for you last semester and DO something about fixing it. We are all over it down here at the Learning Commons . . . Come and see us!
3) Go for the one thing you said all of last semester that you were going to do; join a new club, audition for a campus competition, take up a new hobby, discover a new talent. Anything that takes you outside your comfort zone can always lead you to discovering something new about yourself!
4) Try for one act of kindness every day. It’s the little things that count.
5) Spread the love. We go to Queen’s after all, where our school spirit resonates and radiates around us all the time. Share a hug, smile, compliment, or call someone out of the blue and spread the Queen’s Love!
6) Teach yourself a five-minute relaxation routine that you can use when you are sitting in Stauffer, sitting in an exam, or just at home and need a little breather. Here’s one to get you started http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_05.htm
7) Make a list of things that excite you, make you happy or that you enjoy. When life gets crazy, school is overwhelming, and the weather is bad, close your eyes and scroll your finger down the list. Take a half hour and do whatever it lands on!
8) Set one school related goal. Don’t set yourself up for failure, but set yourself up for challenge. 9-5 workday or Sunday night review sessions are a good place to start. Not sure about these or need other ideas? email@example.com!
9) Ask yourself what you consider to be one of your weaknesses. Do two things this semester that improve it.
Be Grateful! Thank someone for something every time you should. It’s a little thing, that takes little time but makes a big impact.