Happy New Year teachers! Now that the holiday festivities are over and many of us have returned to our routines and working schedules, it’s time to make good on those elusive New Year’s resolutions. While resolutions have earned a reputation for being unattainable, the beginning of the year is a great time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in the last twelve months and focus on which direction you want to go in the future. Whether your goals are personal or professional, we want to share some ideas on how to stick to them into February and beyond.
Make smaller, shorter resolutions
Changing your habits and lifestyle can be difficult. While setting resolutions is a good way to make prompt changes, often people fall into the trap of making their goal too big. Goals should be attainable and one way to do that is focus on shorter time periods. For example, if you want to be more active in 2019, instead of vowing to exercise every day for the next year, you can set a goal of exercising two days per week in January. In February, you can assess your progress and set a new goal to push yourself further that month. You’ll feel good about reaching your January goal and have renewed motivation for the next month.
More or Less
A good way to come up with the right goals is to think about what you want to do more of in your life, and what you want to do less of. Find little ways to work towards those goals instead of setting a hard and fast rule that can be broken easily. If you want to spend more time with family, plan a few fun family outings over the next several months. If you want to spend less time watching TV, find a good book to read that will keep you turning the pages instead of flipping on the remote.
Have some fun
Resolutions don’t always have to be painful and restrictive. Immerse yourself in another culture through food (check out our Chinese food tutorials). Learn a new skill through YouTube videos. Take an art class. The more fun you have, the more likely you’ll be able to stick with your goals.
Bring it into the classroom
Take time to think about your goals for teaching over the next year, whether it’s learning new techniques or increasing your bookings. When you have time for free talk, ask your students what goals they have for 2019, both inside the classroom and out. This way you can tailor your teaching to help them meet their academic goals.
For our team based in the San Francisco headquarters, we’re resolving to hit that snooze button less, spend more quality time with family and friends, eat healthier and stay active, devote more time to our creative hobbies and get to know our colleagues better.
Check out our video on New Year’s Resolutions below. What are your goals and hopes for 2019 and how will you stick with them? Tell us in the comments!