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New Year’s Resolutions Shenanigans, 2016 edition

It’s the time of year when New Year’s resolutions are all around us. In a quick news search, I found more than 100 articles published in the last week alone. Apparently we’ve all resolved to write about resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are especially tough because they are usually set only once per year and have unrealistic targets. When the gap between where you currently are and what you want to achieve is too large, people can easily get demotivated. This might explain why only 1/3 of people who make resolutions keep them for longer than a few days.

Six years ago, I decided to have a bit of fun with resolution-mania and posted my own tongue-in-cheek 2010 resolutions. A year later I even graded whether I stuck with them (I did reasonably well). For fun, I thought I would update them for 2016:

  1. Less reading on Apple devices; more eating apples
  2. Hope that 2016 isn’t sign that I will travel to 20 cities in 16 weeks
  3. Leverage twitter without becoming a twit
  4. Encourage everyone to do more hand washing, less digital washing
  5. Leave time for writing. For fun. On non-work subjects.
  6. Catch up on my reading backlog: 21 books and counting…
  7. Make sure my blog isn’t a Big Load Of Garbage
  8. Institute a ban on rubber chicken dinners at conferences
  9. Make sure that telepresence isn’t my permanent presence
  10. And my most important New Year’s resolution:

Enjoy the journey. Sometimes we get caught up in resolutions/goals/destinations and forget to revel in what’s going on around us.

Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for reading Manage By Walking Around.

This blog was originally posted on Manage by Walking Around on December 27, 2015.
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