It's a NEW YEAR!
So, it’s 2019, and maybe you’re one of the many who just consider January an arbitrary set of days on a calendar. Or maybe, you’re part of the crowd that considers this time of year to be a bit magical—for motivation, resolutions, and habit-forming. Perhaps you’ve a goal to lose a particular amount of weight, or set aside income to make that long-awaited trip to Europe. Here at Planting Seeds Tutoring & Test Prep, we are ALL ABOUT progressing as an individual in multiple areas of life. So, whether you are losing weight or traveling, making money or trying new things, we want to remind you of a few goals we consider very important in the lives of young people (and parents, and grandparents…whomever, really!) that we should all aspire to in 2019.
Many elementary schools stress the importance of reading daily with your child. Hey, by the way, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE that habit in all children! But did you know that ADULTS could benefit from setting aside 20 minutes a day to read? Other than general knowledge, reading has been shown to increase vocabulary, brain function, and even sleep!
Here are some books we recommend for children and young adults:
- Amelia Bedelia
- Mercer Mayer Books
- Dr. Seuss books
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Harry Potter
- Shel Silverstein
- Night by Elie Wiesel
And here are some recommendations for adults:
- 7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Let us know some of your recommendations in the comments!
Children (and adults) who are consistently active reap plenty of physical and mental benefits from regular exercising. Just some of the benefits are:
- Improved sleep
- Improved brain function and focus
- Hormone regulation (particularly important for growing teens!)
- Mood regulation
And you know what’s really great about exercising? Playing! Knocking out your to-do list! The utilization of the METS system (Metabolic equivalent, a.k.a how tasks that include bodily movement, including daily chores, are rated) shows that vacuuming, walking up and down stairs, or playing outside can yield considerable METs. Even playing an instrument can yield exercise-related benefits! So, that’s a little bit more motivation to get your household cleaning done with a little more gusto, eh?
Hobbies (Away from Electronics)
Studies have shown that sitting on the couch, glued to your TV or smart phone can short-circuit your attention span. We’re not saying it’s the cause of ADD or ADHD, but what we are saying is that limiting your, or your kids’, screen time can yield benefits. Allowing unmonitored time with electronics can be harmful to sleep, hormone regulation (which can result in serious moodiness), and can even cause some to have a decrease in eyesight. Not good.
You can view your own screen time on iPhones with updates that rolled out recently under settings. You can even set screen time restrictions—just know that TV and tablets also count as “screen time”.
Sticking to your Goals
So, you’ve set specific goals relating to the overall well-being of yourself and, maybe, your children. So, how do we stick to those goals?
Setting goals is easy, however, continually staying motivated to stick to your goals is a different matter altogether. Have you been to the gym on February 1st? The crowd always seems to thin out within a month of committing to a healthier lifestyle. Why is that? Well, some may say that they’ve lost their steam because they were not seeing results. Monitoring your progress with a journal, or documenting your process with photos or social media can definitely keep you accountable while simultaneously keeping track of your progress.
Plan for Failure
Planning to succeed is similarly as easy as setting a goal. However, according to The Art of Charm’s podcast (with Charles Duhigg!) states that many people who plan around the circumstance of failure often continue to stay motivated to stay on track. Sustainability of your goal is just as important as setting your goal.
See Yourself Succeed
Visualizing yourself completing the task which you have set your mind to do is exceptionally rewarding, and when children take a test our tutors often suggest to them to “see” themselves receiving the grade they want or need before taking the test. Oftentimes, we ruminate on our past failures rather than utilize them as a stepping stone to get whatever we try to do right the next time around.
Now, here’s where Planting Seeds Tutoring & Test Prep can help you truly make your dreams reality. We are committed to providing tutoring services to help you in your educational needs: financial literacy, test prep, comprehensive subjects…you name it, we can help you learn and achieve in it!
At Planting Seeds Tutoring, an Austin, South, and Central Texas-based tutoring company, we are committed to ensuring that every student we work with has access to the most comprehensive tools and strategies to ensure that they are well-positioned to be successful in the classroom in 2019.