Use the following tips to make and work on your 2017 New Year's resolutions.
1. Make a list of all your resolutions. Brainstorm. Be creative. Write down all the things that come to mind.
2. Prioritize your resolutions. Ask yourself, what matters most in the next twelve months? To which resolutions can you realistically devote energy and time? What are you motivated to tackle? Pick your top three or four resolutions.
3. Start with one resolution. Doing this keeps it simple. Once you have made some progress on your first resolution and it is feeling easier, fold in the second one on your list. Continue adding more of your resolutions throughout the year.
4. Set a specific and measurable goal. For example, a goal of "saving $100 per month" is more precise and easier to measure than a goal of "saving money." Set a goal that is realistic and achievable. You can adjust the goal's complexity and level throughout the year as you make progress.
5. Make a plan. Write down the actions you will take to work toward your goal. Consider your obstacles, and start small, addressing one obstacle at a time. Another way to approach planning is to think about what actions to take in January to get started.
6. Put your plan into action. Choose a start date. Celebrate it. Make it fun and positive by involving family and friends. Support helps to keep you motivated.
7. Monitor your progress. Ask yourself, how am I doing? Am I achieving my goal? Is my plan working? Why or why not? Post your progress on the refrigerator, mirror, or your cell phone. Another way to track progress is to keep a journal.
8. Tweak your plan. What do you need to change or do differently? Remember that change is a process, and that most New Year's resolutions require a behavior change, which is often easier said than done.
For additional information about New Year's resolutions, check out verywell.com.
2016 is quickly coming to a close. There is still time to finish the year feeling healthy and strong whether this year’s health goals were accomplished or not. Help yourself begin your brand-new year on a positive, healthy note. That is what it’s all about: new year, new chance to succeed at whatever you want. In the midst of the end-of-the-year countdown, there are still a couple of holidays to potentially trip up our admirable intentions to work out. Nevertheless, don’t let the celebrations and festivities of the wonderful holiday season be a deterrent from moving your body (and I’m not speaking of moving from the dining room table to the couch). Adopt a few of these ideas to maintain focus on your way to an organic new year.
1. Depart for a brisk walk outside. Grab a family member, bundle up, and set out on a walk through your neighborhood.
2. Going to a holiday party? Step onto the dance floor and get your heart pumping.
3. Do a number of jumping jacks at home or wherever home may be for the holidays. (Try 3 sets of 10.)
4. Split a bit of wood for the fireplace. This effort will absolutely elicit muscle work.
5. Sweep/vacuum often (you know you need to with all of those house guests).
In addition, be sure to limber up first with a warmup, and always practice good body mechanics no matter what exercise you choose. Start moving your body, and finish the year off feeling healthy and strong. Moreover, plant seeds now to begin anew. It’s not too late.
I don't use social media as often as some people do. I think one reason for this is that I often have so much other computer-related work to do that I don't want to expend extra energy staring at a computer or other device screens. Another reason is that some of the media "traps" I click are often disappointing, or even at times disturbing.
I quit watching the news on TV years ago because it seemed to concentrate on things that I really didn't want to know about. With modern social media, the news is everywhere. You have to be aware of where you click or you land on misinformation sites, waste-of-time sites, or news that you would have rather not heard about. My not wanting to see the extra junk that could get stuck in my thoughts for the day is one reason that I don't carry a cell phone.
My dilemma is this: because I run a non-profit organization and am starting a new business, I need to increase my use of social media to bring more attention to my websites. So, I am asking myself, can I increase my use of business social media and at the same time decrease the amount of clicking on junk links? If I can do this, then I will be more efficient with my time on social media, and the outcome would be that I don't actually increase the amount of time spend on media sites.
I am going to challenge myself with a "don't-click" diet. I won't click anything that is in the trending column, is an ad, is not directly posted by a friend, or is not on a channel that I subscribe to. I will let you know how it all works out later. Did I increase my social media time? Did I waste less time? Was I able to spend more time in my garden?
P.S. You can follow all of my adventures by clicking on my name at the top of this article.