6 realistic New Year’s resolutions for online learners
When the new year hits, is it safe to say there are two kinds of Athabasca University (AU) learners?
First, we have the highly motivated New Year’s resolution enthusiast. As soon as the calendar flips to Jan. 1, they start to check off their goals, whether that’s improving organization, reading all their course materials, cutting down on junk food, exercising more, or spending time with family and friends.
Then there’s the AU learner who doesn’t give resolutions a second thought. If they have goals, they’re not tied to a fixed date on the calendar.
Whether you’re the first kind of learner, the second, or a bit of both, setting goals is never a bad idea. With that in mind, we’re sharing some realistic goals that can set you up for success for 2022 and beyond.
1. Focus on what matters—one at a time
Are you jumping from textbook to textbook, from assignment to email, and back again? Try sticking to one task, completing it, and then moving on. Ultimately, you will see a tremendous difference by maintaining your focus.
2. Get realistic with fitness
Setting a goal to workout with The Rock by year’s end probably isn’t going to get you anywhere. But if you set realistic fitness goals, you won’t find yourself easily defeated. And drink lots of water. You can thank us later.
3. Protect your mental health
Even if it is a few minutes before bed, allow yourself some peace and stability to end your day. After a busy holiday season, it’s vital to focus on you, your goals and what you’ve already accomplished, and what new goals, a.k.a. resolutions you can actually achieve.
If addressing your mental health is one of your goals, know that AU learners have access to free mental health resources.
4. Unplug periodically
AU is an online university, so we get that our learners need to be online to complete your studies. But even online learners need to disconnect from time to time. By giving yourself a break, you can improve your concentration and focus. Take walk in the park. Step away from the online study notes. Turn off Netflix. Put down the phone. Your grades and mind will thank you.
5. Focus on the positive
Start the year on the right note with positivity! That means sharing more compliments and complaining less. With enough time and practice, your positive mental outlook won’t just be a resolution, it’ll be the way. That’s why we like to share our Motivation Monday quotes at the start of the week. If you’re looking for that final push of inspiration, check out AU’s social media channels!
6. Challenge yourself
Sometimes simple changes can add up to something positive. If you don’t want to tackle an intimidating resolution like changing your diet or fitness, try making small changes to your routines. Give that paper one less proofread. Listen more attentively. Jump outside of your comfort zone and try the essay topic that is hardest on the list, not easiest.
Which resolutions did we miss?
We know we’ve missed some realistic resolutions and we’d love to hear what you think. What inspires you? What helps you focus on your studies?
All the best in 2022 and beyond!