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A Students New Years Resolutions

A Students New Years Resolutions

“New year, new me” so the cliché goes…

So with the new year having just gone, I took the time out to think about what I could do differently this year to live a better, more fulfilling life. Myself, like many others, have a number of things we’d like to improve in our lives but most of the time never actually get round to taking the necessary steps to move forward! I’m a massive procrastinator and it really doesn’t do me any favours! So here’s 3 New Year’s resolutions I’ve made and more importantly, how I’m going to achieve them:

  1. Quit smoking
The final cigarette?
The final cigarette?

Smoking is never the best idea, so please don’t start, even more so as a student because of the cost! Smoking just one packet of 10 cigarettes a day can cost around £5 – that’s £35 a week, approximately £150 a month or a staggering £1,825 a year! Imagine what you could buy with that money..

I’m going to achieve this by gradually limiting the number of cigarettes I smoke and eventually moving onto an e-cigarette before finally quitting. Yes, I’ve tried this before and it didn’t work, but there’s no harm in doing so again!

2. Eat better!

Grape, anyone?
Grape, anyone?

Being completely honest, my diet is terrible. I eat way too much fast food and ignore some intolerances I have because I’m lazy when it comes to food prep.

I’m going to achieve this by avoiding processed food, finding some recipes I like and preparing food beforehand for a few days in advance – this way it’s less of a burden every day having to make meals from scratch.

3. Spend less, save more

Every little helps!
Every little helps!

Saving money is extremely important. Having money in the bank allows you to do so much more in future, and whilst it’s in the bank it’s earning interest! (Albeit very little..) However, any is better than nothing! My future aim is to buy a house, so putting aside £200 a month (into a help to buy ISA) will be extremely rewarding long-term.

I’ll save nearly this amount from quitting smoking and by cutting out a few restaurant meals. It all comes down to my own self discipline – and I’m excited to see what I can achieve.

What are your new years resolutions?!

I wish you all a successful 2017…

Luke



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