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5 New Year's Resolutions we all can live with

January 1 New Year's Resolutions image courtesy of Joe Lanman via FlickrYep. It’s that time of year again. If you’re like me – or many other people – this is when we sit down and figure out what we want to improve in the next year. And while you can make huge long lists of things to do, successful goal-setting requires limiting that list to a manageable number. I like 5. You might like 3. Or 1. The point is to pick a number you can live with and stick to it. And, if you can convert them to habits to roll into one large resolution as LifeHacker suggests, all the better.

Here’s my list:

  1. Dedicate yourself to your business. Whether you’re looking to launch a business from scratch this year or just want to improve how effective your meetings are, we can all get better at our business. We spend half our waking hours at work. Why not make sure we’re focused on doing the right things and doing them right? A great tip: Forget about adding more; stop doing things that don’t add value.
  2. Take care of your health. My birthday falls just before Christmas, so every New Year literally equates to another year older for me. Life is a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s best to build up the endurance for it. For me, it’s going to be working out an hour a day, six days a week. You might prefer biking, hiking or running 5K per day. Whatever works. Still, it’s good to get to it. Need help? Sites like DailyBurn and Lance Armstrong’s offer some great tools and tips.
  3. Reconnect with family and friends. Don’t neglect your original “social network.” I’ve blocked an hour on my calendar two Fridays a month for making phone calls/sending emails to people I want to stay in touch with. That’s a habit I can live with. And live better with.
  4. Make some plans for the future. I’m a big fan of goal-setting. Huge fan, actually. And research suggests people who choose a purpose in life live longer than those who don’t. So make some plans. Then get to ’em.
  5. Have some fun. Business can chew you up if you let it. Lighten up a bit. As mentioned above, life is a marathon, not a sprint. You may as well enjoy the ride. Plus, there’s an added benefit. As Plato said,

    “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

    If that person you discover so much about is yourself, so much the better, eh?

These are my resolutions for the New Year. What are yours? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. Great resolutions though I might switch 1 & 2. If your not healthy it can be very difficult to do any of the other 4. I plan on adding the following to my list in addition to the ones you have listed above:
    1. read more to & with my kids
    2. Teach my kids how to be really quiet – Examples:
    – paint a mustache on me while I am sleeping without waking me up.
    – Or walk around with bells on without making a sound
    – try to take off a parents glasses when they fall asleep
    – Opening a snack bag without being heard
    3. help my kids have a better sense of humor –
    – maybe teach my child to remember jokes and perform them.
    – the utility of exaggeration and how it can be employed to affect humor.
    – watch a comedy show with them and help them understand how certain things work to create a laugh.
    – encourage them to try it out on people who seemed to be sad and depressed. I will teach them the power of helping people see the possibility of life by cheering them up with the power of lightness and humor.

  2. Hi Robert,
    Good to hear from you! Happy New Year. This is great feedback and a great list. Of course, now that we’ve both put them out there, we’re going to have to live up to ’em. 😉

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