New Year's resolutions... Who really keeps them? The answer to that question could be you even if, like most people, you've already abandoned them. Rather than fretting over what you have or haven't done so far this year, you can still accomplish those New Year's resolutions - even if you're starting over already.
In this post I talked about a genealogy goal of mine for 2021. Let’s take a different, longer term, resolution of mine: To go through my household “stuff” now so that I can have an organized move in 2024.
Side note: if you have a blog, you too can use all the tips as you write about your resolutions! :O)
Try these action tips to help you achieve the resolutions you made at the start of the New Year:
Back in college, I picked up the habit of straightening my dorm room before I started doing homework. If my room was neat, I was in the right head space to tackle differential equations and fluid dynamics. Either that, or I was just avoiding homework... but regardless, it worked for me.
Then I entered the workforce and was introduced to the cubicle. That little 6 x 6 space to call my own. The place where I had to put all the essentials and keep ALL THE PAPER. It was eye-opening, to say the least.
If you’re like me, this next part is going to resonate.
Every now and then, my desk looks like a tornado hit it. Reports/papers/notes are on one corner; current work is spread across the keyboard. I know I have an appointment coming up, but I can’t find my planner amongst the piles.
It seems you, like me, may need to learn how to organize your workspace! And there’s no time like National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Yes, there truly is a day...
I love the start of a new year! There’s a certain hope and optimism to it, and I spend the time between Christmas and New Year reflecting on the past year and laying out the bones of the new year as well.
But, I have to admit, it can get overwhelming quickly! Years ago, I defined six key roles for my life, and I set at least two goals per key role. That’s a lot of goals to keep track of and habits to change.
An overwhelmed brain is not a happy brain, so it tends to just go back to doing what it already knows how to do. That's why New Year’s Resolutions typically don’t last past the first two weeks.
This year, you and I together are going to change all that.
This year, we are going to be realistic, so we can be successful.
Heaven knows, I like feeling successful over feeling like I failed at a resolution again!
Let’s start fresh.
If there's any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve, let’s set some clear and...
Every morning I jot down a few things that made me happy from the previous day in my Happiness Journal. Since I’ve been doing that for a few years now, it’s interesting to me to see a few themes pop up; one of them being that I often write down the things I accomplished as something that made me happy. I am living proof that being productive CAN make you happier!
How you make your way through an average day in terms of your productivity may determine how pleased with life you are.
That got me thinking (danger…danger…) about ways to be happier, particularly in this happy season at the end of a very strange year.
To help you be happier consider these gems when deciding whether to do something productive or avoid it:
I had the best of intentions.
I was going to get up, get moving, and get cracking on a big project that I was excited about.
And then it happened...
I followed my usual morning routine, which started with booting up my computer and checking email.
The rest was history.
I didn't get to my big project until much later so I didn't get as much done on it as I wanted (maybe needed) to. That led me to working longer than I intended.
Can you relate? I can't be the only one that has this lather, rinse, repeat love/hate relationship with email!
Email is essential for staying connected in today’s busy world, but it has a powerful influence on productivity.
How many times a day do you check your email and get lost among the messages?
Changing your email mojo will help you raise your productivity.
Here are some time-tested tips:
1. Only read an email once. Scanning an email and deciding to return to it later is a common habit. However, reading...
Do you dread dealing with any type of obstacle? Most of us do. We want life to be easy, but it seems that obstacles continuously thwart our efforts and limit the quality of our lives. The good news is that obstacles don’t have to be the obnoxious thing you think they are.
For example, when I retired earlier this year, it was to start my own business. A simple enough goal, right? Ha! Was I ever naïve!
Sure, I know how to be a leadership development coach, give an amazing speech, and facilitate an engaging workshop. What I didn't know how to do was actually run a business!
There's branding and marketing and websites, oh my! Talk about daunting!
Oh, and did I mention that I started my business during this pandemic? Oy vey...
Along the way I have learned a tremendous amount and one of the key things is that obstacles are only permanent if you let them be permanent.
Obstacles can actually be a blessing! They can even be the path to great success and...
In a digital society, writing notes may seem as old-fashioned as churning your own butter. However, it's the rarity and personal attention that make them stand out more than ever. Not to mention, December 7th is Letter Writing Day!
If you want to strengthen your relationship with someone, drop them a line.
1. Know your purpose. Strike the right tone by clarifying what you want to accomplish. Maybe you want to express your esteem for a colleague who is retiring, or perhaps you're following up on a sales call, so being persuasive is a high priority. In 2020, it may just be that you are acknowledging a small triumph in a tough year. Regardless of the purpose, start with a little Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind.
2. Act promptly. Sometimes speed reduces the pressure to be profound. A brief thank you suffices when you get it out the next day. If you dawdle, you wind up struggling for words. And Heaven knows, no one wants...
Here in Michigan, we just retightened our pandemic restrictions again because our COVID cases are skyrocketing.
Can we have a moment just to let the magnitude of that moment sink in?
Granted we weren't exactly wide open yet, but we had SOME recreational activities we could do, such as have dinner with friends, go bowling or to the movies, are even hit a casino if we wanted to. Uh uh. Not anymore. It's back to our homes unless working from home is "impossible". But this week is Thanksgiving, and, although it may be celebrated differently than usual, it is a big holiday here in the US. And I do like me some holidays.
The truth is that I’ve always loved milestone days in the year because I am a total sucker for new beginnings. There’s nothing I love more than a fresh start and a chance to wipe the slate clean. I love having the chance to start over, to set new goals, and to get completely...
Celebrating Positive Things in Challenging Times
That is the title of a speech I'm giving to the local chapter of the Women in Defense next week.
We know 2020 has been extra challenging.
We've all lived it.
But in this month historically known for it's attitude of gratitude, it's time to turn the tide and celebrate what is RIGHT with the world.
And there is so much right.
No, it's not "normal" right. But it IS right. Right for right now. Right for a pandemic. Right to teach us grace and increase our creativity.
So let me start with something that I am thankful for specific to this year.
I am so, so thankful that my dog Reine came into my life.
Let me start by saying that I am a dog person. I love all sizes, colors, and breeds of dogs, and I have always had one. So when I lost my dog two years ago, I was devastated, but I knew I would get another one when I was ready.
The timing was never right. At first, my husband and I were empty nesters ...
I feel like such a social media neophyte most days!
I mean, I started on Facebook because that is how I stayed in touch with friends and family, and I'm on LinkedIn because I'm a professional.
Then the lines got a little blurry and I now have a Facebook business page and I'm part of a good dozen Facebook Groups, mostly for professional reasons.
Then there's YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and now TikTok. Plus probably others that I'm too old to even know about!
How can a girl keep up, if she doesn't want her life to be spent posting, reading, and responding to posts on various "channels"?
So my conclusion is that Social Media is a tool, and I am the craftsman.
If I don't want to be part of the Social Dilemma , I have to be part of the solution.
Which, by the way, if you haven't seen the documentary linked in the last paragraph, they go over how to be part of the solution at the very, very end.
In my mind, there's only three choices...