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Making New Year Resolutions Easier to Keep

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

~500 words = <2 min. reading time
Reason for reading: to learn about something that might make 2011 an even better year for you.

You’ve reached the end of another year …survived… whew! …but if you could do it aaaallll over again, you’d do it differently – right? So much better!

…and so the New Year resolutions begin.

I promise to …a), b), c)… I promise to do this, do that, etc., etc. How many of your resolutions make it past the first month; maybe even to the end of March (if you’re really persistent)?

Dealing with the Web and dealing with code makes people like us think a little differently and I’m really happy that, last year, I started thinking differently about my resolutions.  I’m a REALLY persistent person but I just couldn’t make those resolutions last.

Last year I began to think, “What if, instead of making statements and promises for resolutions… what if I just picked a few keywords that have meaning for me? It would be way easier to remember!”

I had been feeling like my life was out of balance so, I began to think about the kinds of words I would need to consider to bring some balance back into my life.  I came up with what I called my five ‘f-words’ ;-) So, my keywords in 2010 were family, fitness, financial, forward and fun. At the end of each day, I asked myself if I had spent time in each of those areas and if not, I thought about how the next day might include an activity that would help support that missing area. Oh, by the way, the hardest keyword for me to fulfill was ‘fun’.

The nice thing about having keywords, is that you can make lists of activities you could do to help fulfill each keyword, and add to those lists whenever you think of something.  So, if at the end of the day you haven’t fulfilled a keyword, go to your lists and pick something you may not have thought about that will help you fulfill your resolution.  It’s kind of like having a ‘buffet’ of options to choose from instead of having to face the same entree over and over again :-)

So, here we are in 2011! …hmmm… not sure what my keywords for this year will be but I really want to keep my old ones – they were a great help to me! So, I guess I’ll try adding two or three more; I think five more would be overly ambitious.  Maybe I’ll evaluate at the end of each day but give myself until the end of each week to accomplish something from all of them.

Not sure what keywords I’ll be using for 2011 but I do have some in mind;  I’m sure I’ll nail them down by the end of this weekend.

As usual, I hope this post has been helpful to you and maybe to your business.  Leave a comment to let us know if it has been, and what your keywords are for 2011.  Happy New Year! :)

Sylvia Schneider
President, Pondside Digital Media