And simple ways on how you can get right back on track.

You’re rushing

When our teachers told us to study everyday, they weren’t saying it just to nag. It really is important for learning to take place everyday so the information retains and so that our mind has time to reflect on these new ideas.

What to do: Pace yourself. Getting tired from information overload is one of the reasons we get lazy to learn new things every single day. Learning can be overwhelming, so do it slowly. Take a 10 to 15-minute break to learn one lesson on Duolingo, practice it in your head when you get back home from work, and do the next lesson tomorrow. It’ll be slow, but at least you’re surely learning every day.

You’re not consistent

It takes 21 days to form or lose a habit. Doing 2 actions today won’t compensate for tomorrow.

What to do: Start now. Have a habit tracker so you’ll be reminded you have expectations set for yourself. Be sure to set reminders on your phone too! For big commitments like going to the gym, if you can’t do it everyday, have a set schedule for it. It’s just like remembering you have class from 10AM – 11:30AM every Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You don’t have a long-term goal

At the end of the year, what do you wish to see in yourself? It’s easy to get lost in habit, doing things just for the sake of doing them, without motivation. I’ve found it easier for me to quit when I don’t find what I’m doing significant to how I’m living.

What to do: Remind yourself that everything that you’re doing is for a bigger cause. Put up post-its on your wall saying things like “Here’s to being a greater person every day!” and other motivational quotes. Create a mood board or a phone wallpaper with people or places that inspire you to work harder.

You go with the flow

While learning photography, I saw how so many people were using this one cinematic look. I remember wanting my photos to look like that so bad that I searched everywhere for tutorials, presets, just every resource I can possibly get. I realized that while following pegs are helpful for learning, you should be able to understand your own style and build from that too.

What to do: Be humble and learn from others first, but see your potential to do more. The Dalai Lama once said, “Know the rules well so you can break them effectively.”

You’re doing it alone – There’s nothing like a buddy to help you out once in a while. Besides, doing it alone is kind of boring anyway.

What to do: Whether it’s a friend, an app, or a website, get someone or something to remind you of the goals you have to achieve. It can be as simple as a wake-up call, to joining you as you fulfil your yearly resolutions!


Good luck, you guys!


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