Setting Goals- second year uni

It is crazy to think it is now September which means its officially the time of year when children start back at school and most students return to university . This year more than ever there is a level of uncertainty surrounding education and the impact the Coronavirus has had on student’s education. A lot of us have lost valuable time not only in education but also in our everyday lives we have tried our best we can in the circumstances but its still not the same and I doubt it will be back to normal for a very long. This academic year we still have no idea what’s going to happen in the future and if we will all have our lives disrupted again where we end up having to study at home, fighting for time to actually study in busy households and also still have time to ourselves. Therefore, this year I thought it was more important than ever to set some goal for the next year so no matter what happens there is something to focus on. Although these are goals that I specifically want to reach, I would also recommend them to anyone as I feel these point are vital for your mental and physical health and these points are so easy to forget about when your busy with everyday life.

Setting goals is something I’ve never really been good at as I usually make them very unrealistic and then when I don’t meet them I just feels worse. My biggest tip for setting goals is start small these are often the best goals to make as you can build on them and achieve bigger goals that you never thought you would reach!

1. Have time to myself
This is something I’m really guilty of not doing my head gets so focused on other things that I forget about myself and how I’m feeling. First year university I focused only on the work I’d spend all my weekends studying and then working on the Saturday, so I didn’t actually have any time to do what I liked. Over lockdown I realised that for the past 5 years I forgot what I actually enjoy doing, I was more focused on my GCSE’s, A-Levels and now my university degree. So, this year I need to change that which I hope my blog will help me do as I will talk about things I enjoy, I’m passionate about and have my own place to express myself.

2. Learn to take a break
Taking a break is something my head fails to process properly once I start something, I struggle to take a step back and allow my head to take the time it needs to reset so I can be more productive. First term university I reached burn out completely I had no energy left for second term, so my motivation hit rock bottom and I just didn’t think I’d be able to complete my course. It led me to question the course I was doing and what I was going to do with my life. All through my education I’ve been constantly told by teachers and family I need to take breaks but I’m still not great at it so hopefully this year I will learn my lesson and not reach the point of burn out at much.

3. Don’t feel bad for having to say no to things
Saying no is something I’ve always struggled with as I hate letting people down so most of the time I say yes even if I know I’ve got stuff to do. Second year is so important as it will go towards my finally degree, so I need to prioritise my studies. My biggest habit is just accepting overtime at work even when I know I need that time to study but I always justify it by saying I need the money and that by doing it I’ll be able to save more. So saying no is really something I need to start doing more!

These are my main goals for the next academic year. I’d love to know some of your goals for the year!

Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe or if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer. To get in contact with me either email me or follow my Instagram @beingbeth. I hope you have a lovely start to a new week and I will see you next Sunday for another post.

Beth x

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