By Sara Seng, chapter member
If you’re reading this, congratulations! You’ve survived the first few weeks of the spring semester!
I don’t know about you, but as we enter into February, to me a new month means another fresh start to ensuring the “awesomeness” that the year 2013 should be.
Remember those resolutions you set up for yourself as you counted down to the New Year? You know those goals that you won’t skip any lectures this semester or you’ll try to lose weight? Yeah. I haven’t stuck by them either.
However, all hope is not lost! Where there’s a will, there is most certainly a way.
Here are a few helpful tips you should consider when trying to accomplish almost all of what was on your New Year’s resolution list:
- Make sure your goals are realistic and attainable.
I highly doubt “become a famous millionaire” is going to happen for you any time soon. And if it does, well, remember me fondly.
- Never set yourself up for failure. Separate a huge goal into smaller ones.
For example, if you want to get straight A’s this year then make goals to participate in tutoring sessions and get in the habit of not doing your homework an hour before class. A little can go a long way.
- Above all, make sure your list of things are still important to you and only you.
In order to succeed in anything, you have to have the drive and motivation to do it. If something isn’t that important to you, odds are you’re not going to accomplish much.
So as we enter into the new month of February filled with new adventures and memories, I wish you all the best of luck in continuing to achieve your goals. And if you catch yourself contemplating this semester whether or not to sleep in during that lecture period or have that extra slice of pizza, always remember: it’s not nice to make promises you can’t keep.
By Crystal Villegas
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Just because a word has the prefix ‘pro’ in it doesn’t always make it a positive point. Procrastination or how college students like to call it, “Let me just check my Facebook real quick”, according to Webster’s dictionary is the act or habit of putting off to a future time; to delay.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, procrastination is an action we are all conscious of when it is happening. It is a voluntary act. When we pick up that television remote and start surfing the channels, it is voluntary. In economic terms, we are deciding that the opportunity cost of us sitting on a couch is greater than starting that 10-page paper that’s due in two days, and we haven’t even wrote our name on the page.
In any profession that you will enter after your college career, time management is a skill that you should have hopefully mastered. As M. Scott Peck, an American psychiatrist and best-selling author, once said, “Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
So you may ask, ‘Why is it so important to put dominion over my procrastination habit?’ Well ask yourself these questions then. Do you like the luxury of eating whatever food you like? Do you like wearing designer clothes? Do you like hanging out with your friends at your convenience? Well then you should hate procrastination. You know why? Because procrastination is eroding away on your time, and do you know what time is? Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Remember that time is money.” There is no exact formula or series of steps to take in order to stop your procrastination; it’s just like quitting smoking or deciding to loose weight. Take heed of Nike’s slogan and ‘Just do it!’
Maybe reading this isn’t helping you or even motivating you to get off your buttocks, but there is one thing you can be sure of, the moment when you start controlling your time and stop letting it control you, will be the moment you are one step closer to success. You will be one step closer to a stress free life. You will be one step closer to mental, spiritual, and physical freedom.