Six non-cliche New Year's resolutions for 2017

December 30, 2016
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Ah, December. For most us, this long-anticipated month means 35-degree summer days, time spent with family away from work or uni, lots of presents and even more booze. Oh and the promise of a brand-new year.

While this is an exciting time, the joy of the festive season tends to pressure us into making New Year’s resolutions that are somewhat unrealistic. Before entering 2017 with impractical expectations and idealistic goals, here’s just a few resolutions for the New Year that we all have a hope of achieving.

Increase the number of lectures you attend

When a new date on the calendar rolls around, so too does a whole new year of uni. This can be a bit of a bummer after such a long break, but use it as an excuse to break those bad uni habits from last year.

You don’t have to vow that you’ll attend every single class or finish assignments a week in advance. Start with increasing the number of lectures you go to, even if it’s just attending one per subject per week. You’ll most likely find that sitting in a classroom helps keep you motivated and more on top of your subject content. And who knows, you might even start attending your classes more often than not.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet

Instead of the classic “I’m going to eat totally clean and get ripped!” New Year’s resolution, try promising yourself that you’ll start adding more vegetables to your dinners and maybe tossing the chips aside for a fruit salad at lunch.

The smallest increase in the amount of fruit and veg you eat a week will make a huge difference to your health, so figure out what you can live without (and how many days a week you can live without it) and give it a shot.

Set yourself an earlier bed time

Even just one night a week, get yourself into bed an hour or two earlier than usual. You’ll be surprised how much that extra snooze time will energise you and keep you productive throughout the day. Plus it’s more time you get to spend in bed. There’s really no downside.

Visit your family more often

If you’re anything like every other young Aussie, it can be hard finding the time to go back home when you’re already juggling uni assignments, part-time work and a busy social life, and you’ve most likely felt bad about it in the past.

In the new year, add just one more trip to what you’ve previously done while living out of home. It’ll relieve some of that guilt you’ve been feeling, give you a chance to escape the chaos of your city, and probably make your family super happy.

Cut down on the amount of coffees, lunches, or drinks you buy out

Even if it’s just passing on that third beer, or occasionally choosing to do a free activity with your friends instead of coffee or brunch, that extra cash you’re saving will add up. You’ll thank yourself when you’re struggling to buy uni textbooks and don’t want to ask your parents for money (again), trust me.

Cut yourself more slack

This one might be a little cliché but, if you end up completely forgetting about your New Year’s resolutions or you don’t quite achieve your goals for 2017, cut yourself some slack, OK?

Life has a habit of doing whatever the hell it wants, so promise yourself you’ll stop sweating the small stuff and give yourself a pat on the back for making it through another crazy year.

Penny Robinson

Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.