6 Things We All Need To Start and Quit Doing

6 Things We All Need To Start and Quit Doing

New Year, New Resolutions, New You
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We are well into the new year now, and everyone has goals for bettering themselves in 2017. These resolutions rarely ever stick past February. I think this year its time to give new years resolutions a reality check. Do we really need to reinvent ourselves like the saying “new year, new me?” I don't think we need to focus on changing ourselves. Instead, if we focus on making ourselves happier with these resolutions, the changes will follow.


Start drinking more water

We all want to be healthier, that goal is not going anywhere. Its overwhelming to think about having to try a diet or motivate yourself to workout. That pressure makes the goal not worth it, so i say to start small by really trying to drink more water. Its simple and its so realistic, so start drinking water today.


Quit comparing yourself to others

How many years in a row has your resolution been to “get fit?” I too have always felt the need to renew my gym membership, but a workout routine never sticks past February. Thats not a resolution that is helpful at all, its doing the opposite of helping and its just adding pressure and stress to your life. If your going to make a change (which I encourage, you got this), do it for yourself and no one else.


Start a journal

You wont understand how awesome writing in a journal is until you actually start doing it. You can get your feelings on paper which literally takes the anxious or stressed thoughts out of your head. You don't have to fill up 3 pages a day, you can start of very easily and just write down a gratitude log of the things you are grateful for. If thats not a great way to start off the new year i don't know what is.


Quit worrying about the future

I am guilty of this and need to take my own advice for this point in particular. Any college student has stayed up late stressing about career paths and graduating. It has the potential to eat away at you, but I don't see the point in planning and stressing for no reason. Im a firm believer that the universe laughs at us when we make plans. Just keep telling yourself that nothing is set in stone, because things change all the time.


Start expanding your knowledge

We live in a time where people cant be bothered to communicate or interact in any other way besides through phones and social media apps. We dig ourselves into a deeper hole every time we look at my phone instead of the people we’re eating dinner with. Put the phone down and be present. Go to a museum with friends to see art, travel to a new city and learn its history, watch the news. The possibilities are endless.


Quit procrastinating

Did you have a resolution in mind? Good, then go and start today. Don't wait for next week or for the universe to give you the perfect opportunity. Getting started is the hardest part, but procrastination only leads to stress. Instead of coming up with excuses just push yourself and soon the habit will fall into place. Good luck!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

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If You're A Master Of Procrastination, Try Using These 6 Ideas To Make Your Study Time Productive

Don't let valuable study time turn into Netflix time!

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We all know that college is full of distractions that always appear right when you need to be productive. From me to you, here are my top 6 tips on how to turn that procrastination into productivity!

1. ​Find a quiet space

If you ever want to get anything done, you must, and I mean must, get away from all distractions. That includes your bedroom! Your bed is your first enemy when it comes to getting work done. I have found that even being in the same room as my bed prevents me from focusing on anything but laying down.

Some people go to a study room in their house. Others go to the library or a bookstore. It's completely up to you where your quiet place is as long as you find it.

2. Step away from that phone

You will not be productive if your phone is buzzing every second and social media is just a fingerprint away--or a password away, for my Android users. If you cannot practice self-control and stay off your phone, turn it off and put it in your bag.

3. Organization is key.

To-do lists are always a good start to getting things done. Planning out what needs to get done based on deadlines, priority, and amount of work, make for a smooth study time.

Time management is another tool that helps when you start to feel overwhelmed or just having a brain fart. Not everyone can work consistently for hours on end. Give yourself some time to breathe and for the juices to flow!

Use your break time to check your phone, watch a show, do some laundry, etc. Anything that can give you a nice little break from all the thinking. Though the key to breaks is, you have to end it and get back to the work!

4. Music

This one might change depending on the person, but personally, music is my gateway to productivity. There have been times where I am on the verge of quitting when I realize, I have no music on.

Some might prefer to play soft classical music that will calm them and get their creative juices flowing. Others, such as myself, prefer to play Beyonce' and scream the lyrics at the top of our lungs. Either way, music is known to activate both the left and the right side of the brain, which leads to ultimate brain activity.

5. Snacks

Nourishment is vital to proper brain activity. If you haven't eaten and you're wondering why you can't focus or feel tired, you most likely need to eat. So before you sit down and try to push through those stressful assignments, make yourself some brain food.

On the other hand, snacks can serve as comfort food. If you're feeling down about all the work you have waited last minute to complete, comfort food is to the rescue!

6. Candles

Personally, I love a mood-setter. Sometimes setting up the room in a calming manner can help you think. Set up your favorite candles, dim the lights, and let them work their smell-good magic.

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