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Phone interviewers may seem easier, but there are actually hidden tricks that will make you stand out. From start to finish, these are the six moves you can make to nail your phone interview!

1—The companyResearching the company shows you actually care about the position. Go to the company’s website and write down their mission, vision, and anything you think is noteworthy. Since you will be on the phone, you can take notes for any questions and give the answers to them throughout the Interview.

2—The interviewerFind out information about the interviewer. The easiest starting place is LinkedIn. I would search the name and the company to see who shows up. If the position title does not match, try a general Google search to find the proper spelling of your interviewer’s name. Once you find him or her, write down the degree they earned and anything interesting about their work history. I discovered that one of my former interviewers switched from theater to sales, while another former interviewer was in fashion with a brief stint in the oil and gas industry. If you find any current accolades, commend them for their success!

3—Your outfitGo over your notes and fix anything that could trip you up during the interview, then find a business professional outfit that makes you feel confident. Although the interviewer will never see you, dressing up will place your brain into a professional mentality.

4—Stand upAs soon as your phone rings, stand up and smile. Standing will help you sound better over the phone. The smiling will help you sound more cheerful when you say “Hello [Name], how are you today?” Keep standing throughout the interview in order to keep a proper and confident posture. 

5—Your questionsMake sure you ask the questions you wrote down earlier. Did you want to congratulate the company on a new move, acquisition, or award? At the end of your interview, ask the interviewer if he/she thinks you are a good fit for the team, company, or position. This will give your interviewer the chance to mention any concerns or say you would be a great fit!

6—Thank youAfter your interview has ended, send a thank you through email or mail. Mention that you enjoyed learning more about the position and that you look forward to hearing from him/her. If you didn’t ask in the interview, ask now about when you should hear back regarding the position. End it with a simple thank you or sincerely along with your professional email signature.

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It may come as a surprise to you that layering is key to spring dressing, but I’m here to tell you it’s true. And since spring is right around the corner, I’m showing you some outfit formulas that will combat the cold-warm transitional weather. Let’s face it: March and April are welcome months, but their weather’s unpredictability can be hard to work with when you want to look good for class but you also want to dress sensibly for the fluctuating temperatures of the season. But don’t worry—saving yourself from any weather-induced misery is as easy as throwing on a few strategically chosen layers. From dresses over windbreakers to coats over jackets, these spring layering ideas will save you—no matter the forecast.

Longline Coat + Casual Jacket + White T-Shirt

Give the jacket you left behind last spring new life by layering it under a longer coat. To go full maximalist, pair your mix of textures with patent leather pants and the sneakers of the season.

Get this look: Pull&Bear Check Print Trench ($105), Urban Outfitters Utility Jacket ($79), Mango Vinyl Cuff Pants ($88)

Camel Coat + Denim Jacket + Striped Top

We all know the struggle of fluctuating temperatures, but how do you deal with it when the weather is completely different by mid-afternoon? Instead of going with one big coat, try this spring layering ideas. Match lightweight outerwear with a short-sleeved tee for a look that you can shed when the sun comes out.

Get this look: ASOS Denim Girlfriend Jacket in Midwash Blue ($64), ASOS Classic Trench Coat ($87), Topshop Moto Let Hem Leigh Jeans ($70)

PHOTO: @kallycera

Corduroy Dress + Sporty Windbreaker + Black Mock Neck

To break out that dress you never thought you could wear in cold weather, mix it with your favorite thrift store finds. Make this spring layering idea rain-proof by adding a windbreaker under your statement item along with a basic mock neck beneath the layers.

Get this look: Empyre Plum Corduroy Overall Dress ($30), Silence + Noise Macy Ribbed Knit Turtleneck Sweater ($39), Adidas Originals Cropped Hoodie ($60)

Simple Tank + Graphic Tee + Leopard-Print Coat

Faux-fur outerwear is an easy way to layer up and still make a statement. Try one over a simple jeans-and-T-shirt outfit for a sassy take on a casual look that can be easily transitioned into warmer weather.

Get this look: Vera Moda Longline Leopard Print Jacket ($87), Levi’s The Perfect Tee ($25), Silence + Noise Sky Satin Cami ($39)

Puffer Coat + Sweater Dress + White Turtleneck

Waiting for warmer weather to start wearing your favorite frocks again? There’s plenty of tricks for wearing them when there’s still a chill in the air. A long-sleeve turtleneck pairs perfectly with an ankle-length sweater dress, and heavy boots and a puffer coat on top make it cold-weather appropriate for when spring just refuses to arrive.

Get this look: ASOS Midi Cami Slip Dress ($29), H&M Ribbed Turtleneck in Gray Melange ($15), Bershka Vinyl Pocket Detail Jacket ($28)

PHOTO: @kindakaili

Bold Outerwear + Printed Blouse + Solid Turtleneck

For a grown-up take on layers, add a patterned button-down over a warm turtleneck. A bold blue coat adds the springy pop of color you need to get ready for the season ahead.

Get this look: Urban Outfitters Contrast Stitch Button-Up ($59), Miss Selfridge Tailored Coat ($94)

What’s your go-to style when layering clothes? Show us your #OOTD on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag @cfashionista.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated.

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I know the thought of spring cleaning probably runs a few chills down your arm. Sure, it can be incredibly satisfying to dig through everything you own and clear out what you don’t need, but it can be stressful too. That mountain of clothes sitting on a chair in your room isn’t the most encouraging thing. Fear not, there are a few things you can do to make your spring cleaning experience a bit more enjoyable and successful with these spring cleaning hacks.

Make a Game Plan

It is daunting to take a step back and realize how many unnecessary things you own. Because of that, the first of the spring cleaning hacks is to make a game plan. How are you going to approach that piled high chair or bulging dresser? Sit down and decide what areas you want to work on that day. Don’t worry if you can’t finish it all in one day. It’s better to be effective and work in small sections instead of doing a poor job organizing everything. Have all your cleaning supplies ready to go, as well as a couple of trash bags for donations or trash. Create steps for cleaning each area too. For example: remove items, wipe area clean, categorize items, and return neatly to shelf. Preparing effectively for a day of cleaning can lead to less stress in the future.

Tackle One Area at a Time

As previously stated, you might consider committing to just a small section for each day. We don’t all have an entire weekend to dedicate to spring cleaning. Instead designate small sections like your desk, your dresser, or under your bed for that day. This will ease the stress of spending an entire day digging through your belongs. The last thing you need is to be burnt out when you are only half way through. Just focus on one area at a time.

Be Honest with Yourself

When it comes to really digging through your belongings, it’s important to be honest and even a little harsh with yourself. Do you really need those three identical black belts? Will you ever wear that dress if you don’t feel confident in it? Look at each item you have and decide whether it really adds value to your life. If it doesn’t, toss it in the re-sale or garbage pile. It’s important to stay honest and strong throughout the entire cleaning process in order to effectively sort through everything you own.

Keep a Positive Mindset

With all of these spring cleaning hacks, it’s important to keep your mental state in mind. A positive mindset can be your best friend in this spring cleaning process. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to get rid of things you’ve had for a long time even if you know you don’t need them. Instead of thinking about everything you are getting rid of, think about the quality of what will remain. At the end of the process, you should feel confident in everything in your closet or on your bookshelf. With spring cleaning comes clarity in what really matters to you. Keep your end-goal in mind throughout the whole process.

Team Up

If you struggle with making tough decisions about what you own or lose motivation easily, invite a trusting friend to help out. Make sure you pick someone who will be honest with you in helping you decided what you need and what you don’t. Having a friend their can also make it much more entertaining and can help to keep you motivated as you tackle each new section.

What spring cleaning hacks help you tackle organizing your space? Let us know!

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If you are anything like me and every other fashion-inclined student (heck, any college student for that matter), you probably spent your winter wearing crewneck sweatshirts. They were on trend (thanks athleisure!) and kept you seriously warm (no thanks, Mother Nature). What more could you have asked for?

But now that that the temperatures are on the rise, your go-to top of choice is no longer a viable option unless you want to sweat or get heatstroke. Luckily, spring is prime cute top season! Suns out, crop tops and graphic Ts and camisoles out (that’s the saying right?)

So if you are freaking out about no longer being able to rely on your trusty sweatshirt, don’t panic just yet. Here are the most fashionable tops, we have spotted amongst our Style Gurus, that are perfect for warm weather!

1. T-shirts with feminine slogans—show everyone who runs the world! (Photo via @venesajco)

2. Tops with tie-up sleeves—easy and literally breezy. (Photo via @amandaskrabucha)

3. Off-the-shoulder tops—look mom, no straps. (Photo via @alliesarachene)

4. Sheer tops—let some sun shine through. (Photo via @riaxla)

5. Tied tee—turn your top into a figure-flattering piece by knotting it in the front (Photo via @dani_rebecca)

6. Button-down T-shirt—elegance, casualness, and style all in one! (Photo via @mmoor)

7. Basic cropped tank—can’t decide between crop top and classic tank top? We got you. (Photo via @imdreamingofchanel)

8. Contrasted layers of tops—pro-tip: a bralette as an outerwear works perfectly as well. (Photo via @kierraxmakayla)

Which one of these styles are you swapping your sweatshirt for? Show us on social media

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I seriously can’t believe that I am a senior in college. It’s kind of surreal and intense all at the same time. My life at the moment has consisted of job hunting, altering my resume, starting a new internship, and taking classes. The real world has hit my doorstep and I’m trying to prepare as much as I can for the future. I’m not going to lie, my mind has been consumed with my future. I can’t stop thinking about my dreams, aspirations, and how I want my life to be. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to think about who you want to be in life, but you shouldn’t let those thoughts and your plans overwhelm you! Here are some things you can do to reduce stress your senior year.

1—Live in the moment. As cliché as it sounds, this is probably the most important thing you can do your senior year. I am notoriously bad at living in the moment. I am always quick to move on or go to the next big adventure of my life. Sometimes, I struggle to appreciate the moments that I’m in now and always have a tendency of dreaming about my future. Note to self, slow down! You are never going to be a senior in college again. Make time for your friends, frequent your favorite coffee shop, and actually pay attention in your classes. It is so easy to give in to senioritis and have a career track mind only, but don’t do it. There are still so many memories to make even in your senior year in college.

2—Prepare but don’t overkill it. Let’s face it after you graduate you are thrust into the real world, whether you’re ready for it or not. For your sanity and your parents’ sanity, it’s better to have a plan beforehand. Senior year is the time to network like crazy, fit in those last internships, and start the job search. While I definitely believe in hustling, you shouldn’t do it to the point of maximum stress. Life is unpredictable and even in our most meticulous planning life can throw us some curveballs. As much as we try to prepare for life after graduation, there is no guarantee of landing that dream job right away. Trust yourself that you are putting your best self forward and eventually you’ll find your place.

3—Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t know. A few lucky seniors have known what they have wanted to do since they were five years old. For most of us, that’s not the case. If you don’t know what the heck you want to do with the rest of your life at 22, you are okay! It’s totally normal not knowing and if anything it doesn’t put you in a box. Stop fretting over that. Invest in the skills that you know you have and explore your interests. Start a blog, an online business, etc. Focus on what you love and try new things.

How are you reducing stress, seniors? Let us know in the comments below!

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Having a clean, organized dorm room is key to killing it during the new semester! But it’s also so important to have a space that matches your aesthetic where you can unwind. We’ve all grown a ton since the school year started, and our dorm may not be the best representation of who we are now. Dorm spring cleaning is a great way to update your space, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. Luckily, our community members have figured out a few easy ways to refresh your dorm for spring!

Get a Plant

Dorm feeling a little lifeless? The easiest way to breathe life back into your space during your dorm spring cleaning is through some greenery! We don’t all have a green thumb, or the time required to take care of a high maintenance plant, but a simple cactus or succulent will work wonders. Even fresh flowers or a faux plant can bring the beauty of a plant without the hassle of trying to keep something alive. Low on space? A hanging plant can still channel the vibes without taking up valuable square footage.  

Try a Moodboard

Spice up those bland dorm walls with a bit of your own personal style. Snag a few magazines and head to IG for inspo, then tackle that wall. Double-sided tape is a total lifesaver when putting up a moodboard, letting you hang photos flush against the wall without damaging the paint. Stick to a general color palette, but vary the photo sizes for a really cool editorial look!

Update Your Polaroid Display

Did you take more photos with your friends and family over winter break? Hang them up! Looking at pictures of your loved ones is a great way to stay motivated during this long semester, and adds a personal touch to your dorm. 

Tidy Up

If binge-watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo over break taught us anything, it’s that clutter not only has a negative impact on the aesthetic of your space, but also on your state of mind. While most of us probably don’t have the time to implement the Konmari method in every area of our lives, just going through your closet and seeing what sparks joy is a great first step in your dorm spring cleaning.

Dedicate Time to Deep Clean

Recruit your friends and roomies for a dorm spring cleaning party! Setting aside a Sunday morning to really deep clean your living space is the easiest way to get that cleaning done all at once, so you can focus on class and your internship during the week. Cleaning doesn’t have to be boring! Put on a playlist, grab your girls, and have some fun with it!

How do you intend on refreshing your dorm this semester? Share your dorm spring cleaning ideas below!

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It’s no secret that journaling has become almost synonymous with self-care. Although journaling has emerged as more of a trend than as something actually practical for life, we should not neglect the benefits of journaling. The idea of journaling is usually one of those things reserved for less busy days (if there ever really are) and not given much thought aside from thinking about wanting to actually begin journaling. I have always enjoyed picking up an empty notebook and filling it up with floating thoughts and beginnings of stories before tossing it aside half-filled. I was never one to make journaling a habit, but I have come to realize that there is no formula to journaling. Journaling is a process of expression and self-exploration. There is no one way to go about it. Whether you make collages with magazine cutouts or fill three pages up each month, journaling is all up to you. All you have to do is actually do it—you won’t regret it.

Benefits of Journaling

The practice of writing thoughts down in a stream-of-consciousness pattern is not a new trend in of itself. Journaling has been established as a way to sort through emotions and bring forth clarity, among other things. According to an article from The New York Times, the benefits of journaling range from “a boost in mindfulness” to enhanced “memory and communication skills.” Personally, journaling encourages me to actually dedicate a chunk of time to something that inspires and entertains me. Sometimes I just need a break from the constant clicking on my laptop and obsessive refreshing of my email. Training my eyes on something other than my to-do list breathes freshness into my day and helps keep me focused when I do begin to check off those boxes on my list.

There’s No One Way to Journal

Plenty of sources will assert that writing each day is required to gain any of the benefits of journaling. I’m not saying we shouldn’t pay attention to credible studies, but I have also realized that journaling is a very personal experience. I have a typical bullet journal. However, I don’t have the Pinterest-esque artwork gracing each page. Instead, I do as I please. Some pages hold wildly written blocks of text or have thick layers of stickers laid edge to edge. My favorite pages are the ones where I plaster on my favorite cutouts from magazines. Maybe your journal will resemble more of a traditional journaling notebook with neatly written entries or will be your space to get creative with your artwork. The point is that if you feel compelled or inspired to journal in a certain way, then go for it.

Just Stick with It and Reap the Benefits

For many (including myself), journaling can become something that is more of a commitment than for enjoyment. It’s almost intimidating, and I completely understand that. I have struggled to keep up a regular journal my whole life, which has left me with really cute half-filled notebooks cluttering my bookshelf back home. Once you acknowledge that journaling does not necessarily mean writing three pages each day, then you can start to incorporate it into your routine with ease. Pasting cutouts, scribbling random words or lines, and pretending I have artistic talent is my way of unwinding. Some weeks I crack open my journal multiple times and other weeks I don’t peek into it at all. If you stick to the type of journaling that brings you peace of mind, then you are already enjoying the benefits of journaling.

Tell us what self-care means to you in the comments below!

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I love reaping the benefits of a good, thorough skincare routine. Everything from the glow it gives to wearing less makeup makes me happy. And, it has always been the best ritual as a way for me to relax before bed, but sometimes I simply don’t have the time. With my busy school schedule and extracurriculars, I come home after a long day and I don’t want to put the effort in. If you are feeling anything like me or are looking to up your skincare game, these five simple skincare steps will get you by so that you can feel moisturized, clean, dewy, and glowy on the go.

Drink Some Water

When your organs take water from your blood and use it to hydrate themselves, your blood turns to your skin cells for water. This causes your skin to feel dry and sometimes look dull. In order to feel your best and take care of the largest organ of your body (your skin), drink as much water as you can per day. Water is what I turn to immediately whenever I have a headache, or when I’m feeling stressed, hungry, tired, or sad. All in all, this step is one that has many benefits!

Tone with Facial Spray

On the same topic of hydration, a facial spray is a great way to add instant hydration and glow to your face. Whether you want to cool down on a hot day or refresh your makeup, a facial spray is a perfect booster for any time of the day. You can also use this during any phase of your skincare routine.

Slather on Serum

This step comes after cleansing and before your moisturizer. Varying in price points and in purpose, think about in what ways your skin could use a little love. From there, you can find a serum that can help with dryness, dullness, texture, or blemishes just to name a few. This is one of those simple skincare steps that can make the most effective difference over time.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is something that can make a huge difference when it comes to the texture and smoothness of your skin and how well your skin can absorb product. Depending on your skin sensitivity level and type, you can use a physical exfoliant or a chemical exfoliant. If you think that exfoliating is what is best for you, consult with a dermatologist or aesthetician to figure out the best way to incorporate exfoliating into your routine. Consulting with experts on this is what makes all the difference for your skin in terms of this simple skincare step!

Cleanse Properly

We’ve all had nights where we have felt too tired to wash our faces. But, this is the step of all steps! If you don’t have a clean slate, your skincare won’t work how it’s supposed to. Or your makeup can sit on your skin and build up (yuck). If there’s one easy way to take care of your skin in the midst of a busy schedule, it’s to always wash your face. From cleansing balms for the heavy duty stuff to simply a makeup wipe, taking the time to wash your face is basically an act of self-care! So do it, and don’t skip it!

Do you have any favorite skincare rituals included in your daily routine? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’re interested in writing articles like this for College Fashionista, be sure to apply to be a Community Member today.

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Nothing is more disappointing than putting together the perfect going out look to realize the temperature outside is not having it. What a style killer winter can be, right? There’s no reason for the cold to spoil your night out though thanks to our community members’ amazing wardrobe picks. Read on to see how you can still turn heads on a night out with your girls while keeping warm with these trendy winter outfits.

Add a Leopard Coat

Get a little wild with your look by throwing on a leopard print coat, and pairing it with faux leather pants and your best boots. It’s fun and fierce without making you freeze.

Get the look: Stradivarius Leopard Double Breasted Faux Fur Coat ($111), Forever 21 Combat Ankle Boot ($24)

Mix Staple and Formal Pieces

If you have a slip dress or skirt you love, mix in some staple items to create a unique look. Mixing a formal printed skirt with a graphic T-shirt like Dani did is perfect for a night out on the town, especially with a moto jacket to keep the cold away.

Get the look: H&M T-shirt with Printed Design ($18), H&M Pleated Skirt ($60)

Throw on a Leather Jacket

A jacket is a life saver when it comes to creating the perfect going out look for cold winter nights. You can wear any of your go-to outfits and add a leather jacket. It not only keeps you warm, but makes you look super cool.

Get the look: Forever 21 Sheer Mock Neck Dress ($25), Topshop Leather Look Biker Jacket ($95)

Add Some Sparkles in the Layers

If you’re looking to turn heads when you walk out of the cold and into a room, adding some sparkle is the solution I recommend. Whether you layer a sequined dress over a mock neck sweater or wear a bedazzled skirt with a jacket, sparkles will totally change your day-to-day outfit into the perfect going out look.

Get the look: ASOS High Neck Sweater ($40), Love Triangle Sequin Embellished Cami Dress ($64)

PHOTO: @itsdemib

Combine a Sweater and Skirt for a Perfect Look

Have a skirt you can’t wait until spring to wear? There’s no need to stress. Adding a sweater with your favorite skirt will keep you cozy on a night out and still let you show off your style. If it’s still a little chilly outside, add some tights to keep your legs warm too.

Get the look: H&M Short Wrapover Skirt ($50), Target Long Sleeve Hooded Pullover Sweater ($30)

PHOTO: @itsdemib

Wear a Sweater Dress for a Go-To Outfit

The quickest way to get a night out look for the winter is to put on your best sweater dress! Super simple, super cozy, and super classy. Add more layers if you need, or just add some accessories to complete the look.

Get the look: H&M Knit Dress ($50), H&M Trenchcoat ($35), Topshop Champagne Cross Body Bag ($48)

Become Best Friends with Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits are a style saver for colder winter nights. The look is easy to copy and looks so chic, so you don’t have to worry about what you’ll wear out with all your stylish friends.

Get the look: Topshop Jacquard Jumpsuit ($100)

PHOTO: @kallycera

Be Bold with Bold Colors

Going with bolder color combos will set you apart and will make you look like a styling expert. Throw in some bold colors throughout your winter outfit, like Kally did with her emerald blazer, to elevate your going out style.

Get the look: Topshop Chuck On Blazer ($34), Fashion Nova Victoria High Waisted Dress Pants ($30)

Style Your Look with Statement Boots

If you already have a go-to winter outfit but are looking to shake it up a little, try on a pair of statement boots. Accessories are the perfect way to revitalize a classic look, and that way you won’t get the: “You’re wearing that again?” look from your friends.

Get the look: H&M Jacquard-weave Dress ($20), ASOS Design Kyla Thigh High Boots ($111)

Upgrade Any Look with Trousers

If you have a basic top or blouse you love, don’t throw it away until spring hits. Putting on a good pair of trousers, whether they’re wide-legged, slim, or patterned, will make you going out ready. And let’s be honest, we all know we’d rather be wearing pants than a skirt or dress on a cold night.

Get the look: Express High Waisted Sash Waist Ankle Pant ($70), ASTR the Label Wrap Top ($60)

Try to Incorporate Layering

The most basic of winter styling tips has come to the rescue yet again. Layering is your winter hero! Even when you are going out. Our stylish community member Niharika shows us how it’s done, layering a sweatshirt with a fun, ruffled skirt, and a classic coat.

Get the look: Forever21 Cali Graphic Sweatshirt ($18), H&M Pleated Skirt ($40), ASOS Design Slim Coat in Texture ($87)

What trendy winter outfits do you love? Let me know in the comments below!

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For me, setting a goal or resolution feels amazingly productive, even though I’m not actually accomplishing that goal. It’s because staying on track signifies success, and intending to do something is the first step down that path. But walking the talk and reaching your goal is seldom easy. In a world full of distractions—texts, social media, online shopping, etc.—focusing on one task seems impossible and stressful. If you’re looking for ways to stay motivated and achieve your goals, here are some tips that’ll help.

1. Analyze Your Initial Goal(s)

Start motivating yourself by making your plan specific, measurable, and realistic. By making your goals specific and measurable, you add value to your goal, and can actually see progress, which inspires you to keep going. For example, if your initial goal was to study more, you could make it more specific by tweaking it to something like, “my goal is to study more on Wednesdays in the library.” You could make this more measurable by logging study hours into a journal or app that can track your behavior. This will keep you accountable, too.

Your goals should also be realistic, in that you’re taking a baby step from the stage you’re at right now. Taking a big step too quickly can frustrate you, or make you so involved in your goal that you ignore other important areas of your life. With this being said, make sure you give yourself time to achieve your goals—nothing happens overnight. If you’re trying to build a habit, plan on giving yourself a while.

2. Make a Plan

Okay, now you’ve got your goal. How do you get there? First, don’t just plan for your goal. Plan for the roadblocks that’ll come up too. Say you’re trying to break a bad habit. Think: what causes it and what is your normal routine? Why do you currently follow that routine? How can you combat it? Take this example:

Bad habit: I spend too much time on my phone.

What causes it: I feel lonely.

Normal routine: I spend hours on Instagram.

Reward of the normal routine: I feel connected.

Way to break the habit: Spend time with actual people, IRL.

By figuring out what causes the bad habit and why you follow your normal routine, you can come up with a solution that will give you a similar reward but without the bad habit. Breaking down your goal like this also pushes you to make progress, even if it’s small. The reward you set for yourself reinforces the routine and makes you want to do it. Just make sure to plan for the hurdles.

3. Stop Making and Justifying Excuses

No matter how hard you plan, change is hard. Set your plan, but make it flexible for when life gets in the way. If you slip up and revert to your old ways while trying to achieve your goals, don’t stress. Focus back on your plan instead, and just keep moving on. If you get anxious and blame yourself instead, you’ll end up disappointed and stray from your goal. Instead, look at the mistake as a learning opportunity and succeed better next time.

Fantasize your goal, but keep it realistic. It sounds silly, but if you think only about your ideal outcome, that thinking is enough to put your mind at ease and keep you from achieving your goal. Imagine your goal, but don’t forget to also visualize your personal setbacks and your plan. Adding this to your positive thinking breathes life into your goal and gives you the energy and realistic inspiration you need.

4. Find a Community

You don’t have to find a huge group, even one or two friends will do. They’ll hold you accountable, keep you motivated, and help you achieve your goals. They want you to succeed and will help you when times are tough. If it helps, you can even post about your goal on social media. It’ll provide you with a community that can track your progress and keeps you uplifted. If you think you’ll obsess over views, likes, or how people on social media think of you, maybe sit this step out.

You should also consider reaching out to other people who are reaching for the same goal, even if you don’t know them. You can find online support groups, forums, and real-life communities in a single Google search related to your goal. These groups help a lot with social reinforcement and provide you with good examples of people who have achieved your goals.

With this being said, make sure that you cut back on bad influences. They can hold you back or make you feel inadequate for setting your goal. You’re trying to achieve your goal, not get emotional about it. If a person feels that your goal is removing them from your life, try explaining why you set the goal in the first place.

If you’re still feeling unmotivated, or missed your goal, it’s okay. Be kind to yourself and start again. You can start now, tomorrow, or next week. Remind yourself why you set the goal and think about the big picture. You can do it!

What keeps helps you achieve your goals? Let us know in the comments!

Opening image by community member Hannah Bertolino.

The post Little Ways to Achieve Your Goals and Stay Motivated appeared first on College Fashionista.

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