The first healthy habit I want to establish is discipline. Discipline doesn’t only help you work more effectively and use your time wisely, but it also helps you beat laziness in the way you think and act. In order to become disciplined, I decided to set myself the goal of jogging everyday the whole malecón de Asia. I know this is a really ambitious goal, especially for someone who has absolutely no experience jogging, but it’s challenging enough to serve my purpose, which is to become disciplined. I believe that the best way to establish discipline in someone is with sports, sports don’t only require physical discipline, but also they require a lot of mental effort.
Now that summer is in and there’s plenty of time to spare, it’s easy that you can become bored or tiered of doing nothing. In my case, the disturbing fact of knowing that I’m doing nothing tortures me with guilt. In those weeks that seem endless, packed with stress and pressure, I look back to the days where I had plenty of time to spare, and regret not doing anything. Now that I have two months to relax and enjoy, I decided to use them wisely and establish healthy habits and skills for the year to come, that will make my stressful days a bit less stressful. These vacations became the perfect opportunity to start the year strong.
The second skill I want to work on, is to enrich my vocabulary. Me being Peruvian, and coming from a 100% Peruvian family where everyone speaks Spanish, I don’t practice a lot my English, specially during the summer break. In order to keep practicing my English and come with a wider range of English vocab, I decided to set myself the goal, of reading four English books this summer. Reading is known to be the most effective and useful way to aquire new and varied vocab, also reading helps you improve your spelling and grammar, which are two areas that I need to work on desperately.
Finally, the third skill I decided to practice, was reflection. In life, reflecting can got you to look at your life from a totally different perspective, where you can reflect upon your errors and mistakes. In the IA we are constantly reflecting about the way we learn and how we do it best, but I decided to take this skill to a more personal level. I figured out, that I hardly ever reflected about my personal level, my feelings, my choices, and my mistakes. In order to practice this skill I decided to keep a summer diary where every night when I come home after what ever I do that day, I will write a chapter of my diary. There are absolutely no specifications as to what I need to write about, I simply need to get my thoughts on paper. I will think about my day, what went wrong, what went right, what could I have done better, etc. At the end of the summer I will read all the diary entries and reflect upon them. This will help me to look at my life from another perspective, look at the big picture, instead of focusing so much in the small details and faults.