A Guide to Goal Setting for a New Semester


A great way to start each new semester is to set goals for how you want to do better. However, when you sit down to write out your goals, you may find your mind goes blank. If you’re stuck for ideas, choose from some goals that are relevant for almost all university students.

1. Exercise on a Regular Basis

Create a workout schedule — and make sure you stick to it. University is a great time to discover more physical activities you enjoy. There’s likely a gym on campus, intramural sports teams you can join, and casual fitness classes you can attend. If you find it too tiring to do one long workout, build up your fitness level by adding more activity to your day, such as short walks, stretches, and quick exercises.

2. Use Your Phone Less

Wasting time on social media will mean you have less time available for the activities that matter. Put your phone out of reach while you’re studying and set time limits for social media, games, and other addictive apps to encourage you to cut back.

3. Improve Your Class Attendance

You should only skip class if you have a good reason, such as if you’re sick. The rest of the time, aim to attend all your classes — including when you’re not in the mood. You’ll benefit from being able to take your own notes and having the chance to ask your professors about any doubts.

4. Stick to a Sleep Schedule

You’ll find it easier to meet many of your other goals if you sleep enough. By going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, you’ll consistently sleep enough and improve the quality of your sleep.

5. Choose Your Extracurriculars Carefully

You have a huge number of opportunities to become involved in clubs, organizations, and other activities while at university. Whereas these can be fulfilling, teach you new skills, and give you the chance to expand your social circle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Be selective when committing to extracurriculars to ensure you still have enough time for schoolwork and other responsibilities.

6. Work Toward Your Career Goals

As well as setting goals to improve your life now, you need to think ahead to the future. Consider what actions you can take now to move closer to meeting your career goals. Just reminding yourself of what you want to do in the future can be useful for keeping you motivated when studying and push you to do the best on your papers and exams.

7. Find Time to Relax

All your academic, social, and work commitments can mean you rarely have the chance to just relax. However, finding time for your hobbies is important for avoiding stress and staying happy. If you’re particularly busy, it may be worth marking time on your calendar for relaxing activities like reading, art projects, and journaling.

If you’re currently living on campus, one more goal to include on your list is to find student rentals. Kingston, Ontario, has the ideal housing for busy students at Foundry Mack. To ensure you’ll be comfortable, our suites are all fully furnished and come with top-of-the-line appliances, including a washer and dryer. Plus, you’ll be less than 10 minutes from campus and only a short walk from downtown. Apply now to secure the lowest rates of the year.

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