That old saying about bad habits being hard to break is absolutely true. As a college student, the key in developing good habits is off on the wrong foot to begin with. Sure, you may pick up a few bad habits along the way (who really makes their bed every morning in college?), but you want to be sure that you limit them to the best of your ability. Of course, this can be difficult with peer pressure and influence, but you want to develop a method of staying focused on your studies. After all, you are in college to study and get good grades –try to remember that when tempted to stay out all night partying with your friends. After you are done studying you can head out with your friends, but you want to make your studies and schoolwork a main priority. Here is how to create good habits in college.
Write out your schedule and stick with it
One of the best ways to create good habits is to develop a strong schedule and stick with it. Of course, you will deviate here and there, but your schedule will become the backbone of your life in college. Without a schedule, you will be floundering.
Build organizational tools
On top of developing a schedule, you also want to build organizational tools. If you don’t have organization, you will start to develop several small bad habits that can easily breed even more bad habits. For instance, you may start to procrastinate on your exams. If your notebooks are all over the place and you don’t feel like cleaning them up, you may not be in the mood to study. This habit could progressively get worse and worse until it affects your grades. Also, you want to be sure that you keep your computer desktop clean too to avoid further distractions.
Learn to reduce stress
Stress can be a real buzz kill in college and it can actually start to affect your health. Studies show that college students are more depressed and stressed out than any other demographic. If you go to an Ivy League or even UAB Online, you want to find a way to reduce your stress. One of the best ways to reduce your stress is to make lists, stick to schedules and to take breathers. Also, you want to get plenty of sleep and eat healthy food.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Another healthy habit to develop, which will beat out many other unhealthy habits, is to simply ask questions. If you want to clear something up, you want to ask questions. If the professor mentioned something you don’t understand, you want to wait until the end of the class and get clarification. If you want to succeed in college, you don’t want any questions to go unanswered.
On top of everything, you also want to get involved – within a community context. The more involved you are, the more you will feel like you fit in. The truth is that camaraderie feeds the soul. This will help you start to develop good habits, especially when it comes to your ambitions and motivations.