A new school year means new goals. Whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between, going back to having a set schedule every day is a great opportunity to incorporate new habits into your daily routine. Use these last few days of summer break to decide what you want to accomplish in the next school year and how you're going to do it. Follow these five  tips to help you get there:

1. Think small. Small changes over time bring bigand lastingresults. You have to be patient. It can be hard to keep going when you don't see results right away, but try to shift your perspective. Be proud of yourself for the discipline it takes to keep doing that extra 20 minutes of stretching every day, day after day. It might take a couple weeks before you notice a measurable improvement in your flexibility, but you can still feel successful before then just for sticking to your goal.

2. Be balanced. Spread your goals out to more than one area of your life. Don't just focus on cheerleading. Make some of your goals school-related, like maintaining a certain GPA or having all your assignments completed a day early. Some goals can be sports-related, like performing a certain move or increasing your flexibility. Some can be health and fitness related, like drinking less soda or sugary coffee drinks or completing a five-mile run. You could even make some social goals, like spending a certain amount of time per week with a sibling or choosing one friend a month to write a nice note to.  

3. Put it on paper. Writing your goals down will make it easy to keep track of them and check them off when you reach them. Plus, think of how fun it will be to stumble upon a notebook 10 years down the road and see what your younger self was striving for.

4. Share your goals. Telling someone about your goals will help keep you accountable. Even if they don't check in on your progress regularly, you will be more likely to stick to them knowing someone else knows about them. You might even be able to get a friend or family member to join youwhether it's in keeping your grades up, exercising daily, giving up soda, or anything else you aim for.

5. Check in.  Set aside a time to check in and assess your progress, like the beginning of each month, for example. You might realize you no longer need to work on certain goals you had set, but setting a new goal or two would be beneficial. Maybe you no longer need to spend an extra half hour studying math every night because the section you're on now in class comes easier to you than the previous one.  Now you can dedicate that time to something else.

What goals are you setting?