Your journey into college means developing a number of positive, new habits – and adapting to any new habit can be challenging. In order to be successful in college, you have to be ready to gain new skills. Some of the things you learn and incorporate into your everyday now will benefit you in your postcollegiate life and career. ICON Apartments wants you to be as refined as your living space. Keep reading to learn about some good habits you can start now that will be useful to your success.
These Are the Basics
- Get Organized: Making a plan for what you need and want to do will always ensure you’re ahead of the curve. It is literally the foundation of time management.
- Manage Your Money: Think before you spend. Managing your money in college is not easy, but it is important to keep a budget – whether your parents are footing the bill or you’re juggling college loans, scholarships, and a job.
- Study: This might be the most obvious one of this entire list. Although there is not necessarily a wrong way to study, there are methods that are proven to benefit you a lot more. Reviewing your materials in small increments ahead of time – at least five days – and using a variety of methods (e.g., taking practice tests, flashcards, even more creative ways like videos, etc.) will help you retain more. We know that there are times that cramming is needed, but if you can avoid it and prepare ahead of time, do that!
Taking Care of You
- Sleep: Don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep will help sharpen your focus, improve your working memory, and stabilize your attitude.
- Health is wealth: Taking care of yourself is one habit that will really benefit you in the long term. If you set your health as a priority, your self-confidence, mental health, physical and mental performance will all escalate. In order to make sure that you are at your peak performance, find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your daily routine. In addition to making sure that you pay attention to your body, make sure that you are watching your diet. College nights can be filled with days and nights of bad foods and lack of sleep. Doing something simple such as incorporating fruits, vegetables, and lean protein in your diet will help you find good balance.
Healthy Habits for Now & Later
Developing these positive habits will help you not only now, but in the long run. In the words of Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” It's never too soon to start developing healthy and positive habits, and college is the perfect time and place to do so. For more study, organizational, and general lifestyle tips, check out our other blogs.