How to Prioritize Your Way to Success in 2016

Happy New Year! With January now in full swing, many people have already given up on their New Year resolutions--but not us! We're just getting started. Keep reading so that you can have a successful January, too!

This week we're all about PRIORITIZING. Getting our goals down and focusing on what's important. If you're tired of being stressed out and way too busy, join us in prioritizing. While not the most conventional new year's resolution, it's one we believe will really help make 2016 the best year yet! Follow these four simple steps so that you can stress less this new year:

1. Determine your long-term and short-term goals. Maybe you want to get into the undergraduate school of your dreams or finish your Ph.D., those are your long-term goals. Getting a 4.0 GPA this semester is your shorter-term goal that can help you reach your long-term goal.

2. Make a list of things you have to do and things you want to do. You have to do your geometry homework (those proofs aren’t going to prove themselves!), you want to watch the new Star Wars movie...again.

3. Mark the due dates for each one in your calendar. Sure, movies are only in theaters for a few weeks, but don’t sabotage your actual goals--like a good GPA--for something that can be done later. When you see what’s due first, you’ll be better able to stay on track.

4. The tasks that you absolutely must do, do first. There’s no sense in doing something that’s not due for another month first when you have assignments that are due this week. This is what prioritizing is all about. The important tasks that are due now are your highest priority. Do them first. We know checking Instagram first thing in the morning is your way of slowly waking up, but if you have a test to study for, put your phone down and open the books. You can always Instagram your good grade from your test afterward.

See? Those steps aren’t too hard to follow, are they? So, what are you waiting for? Start your prioritizing right now and you’ll be on your way to success!