A new year brings new goals, new challenges, and hopefully new achievements. You won't accomplish greater achievements this year with the same work ethic that got you your achievements from last year. If you want this year to be your best ever, then you need to level up your knowledge and work ethic.
If you're a student, you may be seeking to earn a greater GPA. You may be planning on graduating, gaining admittance to your dream school, or earning a scholarship. Some may be planning to jump straight into their career path in a specific trade. Whatever the case may be, all students should seek to learn these three lessons to make the most impact in 2017.
Lesson 1: Get Organized
Succeeding in school obviously requires a certain level of organization. This year, challenge yourself to create systems and a routine to keep yourself organized. As you continue in school, you will see more assignments and projects stacked on top of each other.
This will especially be the case in college. When you enter the workforce, you will still see assignments and projects demanding your time. My advice? Get a planner. The Nomatic Notebook is my personal favorite, and I have also seen the Panda Planner work very well for students. Finding an organization method that works for you takes time, but it is absolutely worth it.
Lesson 2: Get Educated
Focusing on your classes is the purpose of going to school. Never forget that. Along with gaining the education that is most likely leading you toward your chosen career, you can gain what I call the "other" education. More commonly known as "self-development", you should spend your time during school focusing on shaping yourself into a better person. Easy ways to do this is to turn your commute to/from school into a learning opportunity. Listen to a Podcast or Audiobook. Read a book or a blog post. Those who seek out the "other" education and apply what they learn will catapult their success for sure.
Lesson 3: Get Focused
Set clear goals of what you want the end of this year to look like. Picture it clearly, one year from now where are you at in life? What have you accomplished? Now work backward to now, noting accomplishments that will be required to get there. What skills or habits will you need to develop? Who can help you get there? Are there any resources you could find and utilize to help you get there? You can use the R.I.S.E. method of achieving goals here. Get laser focused on what needs to happen this year and get after it.
Time will pass, and you get the same amount as anyone else in this world. The question then isn't how much time you have to accomplish your goals. Instead, focus on what you are going to do with the time you have been given to achieve the most. Commit and work. You've got this!
Which of these three lessons do you feel you need the most? Comment below!