Pinterest Interest | Tips for Living the Best Year

As we become more accustomed to writing “2016” instead of “2015,” I’m sure you are all just as excited as I am to be diving into a whole new set of classes.

In an effort to start of the New Year right, I, like many others, have formulated a list of things that I’d either like to add to my daily life or improve on — some resolutions, if you will.

For some inspiration, I browsed Pinterest for some ideas of what I could do to improve myself as a person and to help me live a happier, more stress-free life. Whether you have New Year’s resolution or not, take a look at this list of ideas I’ve compiled from some various Pinterest sources and see if there’s something you can use to help make the year 2016 be the best one yet.

Be productive

There are so many small things you can add to your daily routine that can help you feel at least a little more on top of things. For starters, make your bed in the morning. It’s something that is so simple to do. Even if you accomplish nothing else that day, at least you have done one productive, positive thing.

Another thing to consider doing before you go to bed at night is to lay out your clothes for the next day. This is something that has helped me get out of the door a lot sooner in the morning; I lay out my entire outfit, all the way down to the socks and underwear. I’ll even stock my backpack with books I’ll need for class the next day and make sure my keys are already in my coat pocket. The goal is to make life a little easier for future you.

Get organized

Not everyone likes to use the school-issued agenda, myself included, but there are many other options for keeping track of what you need to do in your academic, work and personal lives. Write your schedule down somewhere. It can be a notebook, calendar, post-it note or the back of your hand (though I wouldn’t recommend the latter). The main idea is just to help you remember what you’ve got coming up in your life.

Monitor your money

I’m sure I’m not the only one who classifies money as a source of stress in life. Sadly, I go to Buffalo Wild Wings more often than I get paid. It is for this reason that this year, I plan on keeping better track of my money, including setting a reasonable spending limit for each week. It’s true that we can’t take money with us when we die, but it’d sure be nice to have a savings account when I graduate from North Dakota State.

Be a decent human being

I hope that, for the most part, we are all able to classify ourselves as decent human beings, but there is always room for improvement. The entire campus could benefit from just a small bit of more kindness. Smile at people more. Open the door for someone. Pick a napkin off the floor of the dining center. Tell the kid next to you that his J’s are sweet. At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s true that small acts of kindness can make a big difference, even if it’s just in one person’s life.

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