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New Year's Resolutions

January 3, 2011
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It’s that time of year again. Time to take stock, to look back on the past year and think about our successes and challenges. Nearly half of American adults will make some kind of New Year’s resolution this year. Most resolutions focus on personal goals: to lose weight, quit smoking, manage finances, etc. Unfortunately, less than half of those resolutions will be kept beyond June.

“On the hopeful side,” writes Jim Taylor, Ph.D., Psychology Today, “other research has reported that some simple strategies can help us stick with our New Year's resolutions, for example, setting specific goals, sharing our resolutions with others, and focusing on the benefits of achieving the resolution.”

Here’s a little experiment: One of my work-related resolutions this year is to be more organized. My specific goals include getting all of my various deadlines on the calendar (and keeping said calendar handy) and to keep my desk as uncluttered as possible. (In my defense, I generally know where everything is, but it can take some digging to find what I need.) I’m sharing this resolution with all of you, and the benefits will be increased efficiency and peace of mind. There. Now let’s see if I can pull it off.

What are your work-related resolutions, and how do you intend to keep them?
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