January is over and we're now in the month of February! That was quick, wasn't it? While having coffee with my best friend yesterday, we were discussing our plans for the year plus our 20s in general. I'm grateful to have a friend who's as ambitious as me if not more; it keeps me driven and stops me from slacking. I definitely have a lot of plans for 2015 (and 2016 already!). Plans aside, I also have non career-oriented resolutions which I think are just as important. Back in boarding school, I would write them on the white board in my room and they were separated into 3 categories. Evidence:
'Wash face 2x a day'?? Hahaha. Please BELIEVE that my resolutions since my school days have advanced greatly although I still do wish the zits would go away. Hormones, what to do. Back to making resolutions—putting them into different categories is a good practice. You shouldn't only have academic/career oriented goals. Your academic life/career is just ONE aspect of your life, improving yourself in terms of health/fitness and personal growth are just as important.
There are people and plenty of internet memes dissing the idea of yearly resolutions and yes, sometimes we tend to forget them as we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life but it's important to have a mental blueprint of how you want the year to unfold. Plans don't have to happen exactly the way you envision them but it's important to have one. As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail!
When I asked my grandfather what his advice for me was now that I've entered adult life, he told me to have a plan. He's in his late 80s guys, I'm sure he knows what he's saying.