“New year, new me.” Right? Speaking with friends and family, there are mixed feelings about this quote. Some believe going into the New Year with new resolutions is a waste of time, while others write theirs down and go into detail about everything they want to accomplish. 

I’m going to help those who write their New Year’s resolutions to accomplish their goals. I also hope to encourage those who don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions to give them a shot. How do I plan on doing this? By providing tips on how to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions.

I generally don’t make resolutions but this year was different. It’s necessary to make a change when you are not getting your desired results. Albert Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” New Year’s Resolutions are an attempt to break that repetitive cycle. 

So, what can you use to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions? A vision board. According to Brigett Ealy in Oprah Daily, a vision board is a “visual representation of your goals.” Typically poster-size, vision boards include images and text that illustrate your goals. You can get these images and text from virtually anywhere– the Internet, Pinterest, magazines and newspapers are a few examples. Your creative license is limitless. 

One way to be accountable is to have a vision board night. Creating vision boards with you and your friends is a great way to start the year off. Surrounding yourself with people working  towards accomplishing their goals will help encourage you to achieve yours. 

Another way to help maintain your New Year’s resolutions is by using apps like DONE that can help you create and maintain your resolutions. According to the Done website, “Done helps you create healthy routines by helping you set goals, tracking your progress, and then motivating you with streaks/chains, all in a simple, clean, package.” 

This app, that’s marketed as easy and convenient,   can assist you in accomplishing your goals by keeping you on track. To achieve your goals, it is important to create a healthy routine. According to Northwestern Medicine, routines can “help you manage stress more effectively, sleep better, “at healthier and “get active.” 

Personally, I love routines and schedules. They allow me to be more productive and structured. Using an application, such as Done, has helped me to make sure that I accomplish everything that I set out to do in the day.

Done has the ability to not only help with goals for today, but also help you monitor your future goals. The application also automatically syncs with your health app in your phone, so you do not have to transfer all that information over. These are just some of the advantages of using an application like Done. 

My last tip is a simple one: Eat healthily and sleep well. Taking care of your body is essential to accomplishing any goals. As a college student, I know how hard it can be to eat three times a day and go to sleep on time, so here is what you should do.

If you’re having difficulty finding balanced meals, the dining halls offer healthy options. There are a variety of options and the staff is really nice. The dining halls also accommodate those with dietary restrictions.

Sleep has been important since the dawn of time. According to the CDC, in order to wake up refreshed in the morning and ready to start your day, we need seven-plus hours of sleep per night.  And who doesn’t love to sleep?

Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to accomplish whatever you put your mind to this year. Happy New Year!