3 Tricks To Keep You On Track For Success In The New Year

3 Tricks To Keep You On Track For Success In The New Year

Get yourself together this year and succeed. I promise, you can do it.


As the New Year approaches, we begin making a list of our qualities that we want to change or improve upon. If you are anything like me, you do not set New Year's Resolutions, but rather set goals for yourself throughout the new year. We are all familiar with the futility of setting New Year's Resolutions. When we set these goals for ourselves, we typically follow through for about a week and then return to our old ways. We are creatures of habit so this is not surprising. If you want to break years of stagnated goals, I have some ideas for you.

1. Keep a Journal.

Keeping a journal can be a great way to monitor your progress and keep yourself accountable. Earlier this year, I started a bullet journal which is a type of journaling that also acts as a planning mechanism. I have been able to plan my days while also reflecting on each day. There are so many different ways to set up your bullet journal which is wonderful for those who just want to get their feet wet with this type of journaling.

2. Use a Habit Tracker.

If bullet journaling seems like a tedious task, I would suggest using a habit tracker of some sort. A habit tracker is a good way, like bullet journaling, to keep yourself accountable. Tracking your habits will help you create healthy habits and eliminate negative habits. Habit trackers help me especially because of the competition it creates. Habit trackers basically operate like Snapchat streaks which is something most of us stay pretty loyal to.

3. Create a Mood Board.

Okay, so I absolutely love mood boards. Mood boards are typically used by creatives to find inspiration for a new project, but aren't we all creatives? I typically just use Pinterest to assemble some of my goals for the year. Whether it be self-organization, better study habits, or fitness, Pinterest has it all. Mood boards are a great tool to visualize what you are working toward and what you will accomplish.

Whichever method you choose, I guarantee that you will be slightly more successful this year. Adopt some healthy habits, shed the negative ones. Find some inspiration, put your mind to it, and succeed.

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5 Things To Stop Doing In 2019

Tips to becoming a better person in 2019.


As I was making my list of New Years resolutions, I started to realize a pattern. A majority of the things that I wanted to work on were things that I let slip during the previous year.

I also realized that while some pretty rough things happened last year, things can change in 2019.

1. Stop being disrespectful


With our current political climate it can hard to communicate with someone with opposite views. Some people feel so strongly about their views that they refuse to open up to new ones. A possible reason as to why this is, is because of the loss of respect the parties have for each other.

It is not hard to have an open-minded conversation with someone as opposite views as you and a lot of people don't realize this.

2. Stop being petty


Nowadays it is SO easy to tweet or post something hateful about someone or something. Sometimes when I'm on social media all I want to see is my friends, not some hate post about a political leader.

Being petty on social media or in person gets you nowhere. Before you post, like or share something make sure it is productive to whoever is seeing it. If you really want to get something off your chest-write it in the notes section in your phone.

3. Stop focusing on social media


It can be so easy to compare ourselves to people that we follow on social media. Instagram's algorithm can make famous people with perfect aesthetics and perfect kids seem like they have it all. When really, they're humans just like us and only showing the best part of their lives.

Put down your phone. Stop worrying about the likes and the comments and live in the moment.

4. Stop saying yes to things you don’t want to do

Ron Swanson said it best when he said: "Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."

Even as a full-time college student, it can be hard to say no to some extra volunteer hours, an important event or anything in general. College isn't all about academics but it is a large portion of it. Overcrowding your schedule can cause you to focus on the wrong things, which can cause burn-out.

It's so important to think of yourself and your mental state first before you add another event to your schedule.

5. Stop being uninformed


This is so true with our society and current politcal climate.

There is such a thing as being media literate. While a tweet is so easy to create and may seem right in the moment, it'll always be there. Even after its deleted, people are still going to remember it.

Before you post something on social media make sure you know what you're talking about. Don't state your opinion and not expect to back it up with facts.

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10 Reasons To Start Writing For Odyssey, For Those Who Just Aren't Sure

I was hesitant to commit to being an Odyssey creator, but I'm so glad that I did.


When my college's chapter of Odyssey contacted me over the summer, I displayed a great amount of interest, but couldn't allow myself to ultimately follow through at first. I figured it would take up a large amount of my time and that I'd eventually run out of things to write about. A bunch of "what ifs" flew through my mind, so I came to the decision that it wasn't something I wanted to follow through with.

A couple of months passed and I'd constantly see Odyssey articles fill up my Facebook timeline. I loved reading them and would imagine the types of articles I'd write. After contacting the Stony Brook Odyssey President, I chose to give it a chance and figured I could always resign if I felt I wasn't meant for the job.

After spending a couple months as part of Odyssey and publishing a few articles, I can't believe I ever had any doubts. I'm so grateful that I began writing for Odyssey and I have a multitude of reasons as to why I think other college students should also become creators.

1. You will meet AMAZING people

I absolutely love opening up the GroupMe app to view the discussions that my Odyssey team is having. We speak about random topics such as our favorite Netflix shows, how we feel about other people's articles, our weekend plans, and so much more. We don't speak to each other because we feel forced since we are a team, we talk because we genuinely enjoy doing so. We've all become very comfortable with one another and feel free to share all of our thoughts.

We are each other's biggest supporters when it comes to the articles we publish; when one of our articles gets posted on the Odyssey Facebook page or website homepage, we get so excited for one another.

We are also always willing to give each other a helping hand whether it's with our articles or whatever challenges life throws at us.

2. You have complete control over your articles

I feel as though there is a misconception that there are only certain topics that creators are allowed to write about, but that couldn't be more false. Odyssey writers are given the freedom to write about anything their heart desires. You can write poems, goofy articles, serious articles, or anything that comes to mind. Odyssey is a platform to let all of your thoughts come to life.

If a creator feels as though they have writer's block, their Odyssey team can give them suggestions that they can completely turn into their own. There's no limit to what you can write when it comes to Odyssey.

3. It's an easy way for your voice to be heard

I know many people that dream about starting a blog or a website so that they can share everything that they've created, but in the end, don't end up doing so because they feel like nobody will read it. When writing for Odyssey, that's really no issue. Odyssey is a very well-known publication that people enjoy exploring. Even your least read articles will reach a large number of people.

I remember being pleasantly surprised when I saw the number of views my first article had. I couldn't believe so many people were interested in reading what I had to say. Today, I know quite a few people who are my biggest fans and love to read every article I publish.

4. It could cause you to discover an interest you didn't know you had

Writing for Odyssey forced me to discover my enormous passion for writing that I didn't know existed. I never minded writing essays for school and I found free writing to be fun, but I was completely unaware that I possessed the love of writing that I do.

5. It gets you involved in school

Beginning college was really difficult for me. I knew that getting involved on campus would make my transition easier, but the multitude of clubs was overwhelming and I was unsure of which would suit me best.

When I joined Odyssey, that's when I felt like I really belonged at Stony Brook. Writing my weekly articles with a great team by my side gave me so much joy. As someone that doesn't enjoy going out and partying, I knew I needed to find something that would provide me with a fun college experience, and I found that within Odyssey.

6. Writing your articles gives you the relaxing break you need in the week

Many people believe that writing for Odyssey must be stressful because of the deadlines and the fact that it adds another task to the week, but it really isn't. Writing an article takes up a very minimal amount of one's week and if necessary, your team will usually be very lenient if you have to miss one.

I actually find writing my articles to be the most relaxing time in my week. Writing my articles gives me some me time and I can use my articles to unleash all of my inner thoughts. It forces me to forget about all of the homework or chores that I have; I'm able to dedicate that time to writing and nothing else.

7. You gain a great deal of experience

Gaining experience is so important in life for so many reasons with the two main ones being that you further your learning in certain areas of life and it can help build up your resume.

Writing for Odyssey will look great on resumes especially as a journalism or English major. It displays to possible employers that you're interested in writing and exploring an array of topics.

More importantly, you learn not only how to become a better writer, but also valuable life lessons. Writing for Odyssey teaches one time management, how to work with a group of people, how to brainstorm ideas, and so much more.

8. You get great satisfaction about publishing your articles

No matter how many articles I release, I feel such a sense of accomplishment every time one of my articles gets published and when I see the number of views they receive, I feel even prouder. Every time I write a new article, I feel like it's my favorite because they're all different in their own way. I always can't wait to post on every form of social media when I get the email that my newest article had just been published so that all of my family and friends can read it.

9. Your family and friends will LOVE reading your articles

My family and friends love to read what I write almost as much as I love writing it. So many of my friends read every article I write and can't wait until the next one comes out. I receive so many texts and Snapchats from people in my life that tell me how much they enjoyed my article and how they either agree with what I said or contradict my opinions. The best part of publishing my articles is the feedback I receive and the in-depth conversations I have with people on our viewpoints surrounding that article's topic.

10. There's literally no downside


I've been writing for Odyssey for a few months now, and I haven't found a drawback for doing so - I highly doubt I ever will. I have never even thought about turning back, in fact, I wonder why I ever had any hesitations. All are welcome to join Odyssey and should take the opportunity at hand.

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