Good news: I’m going to eliminate the stress associated with making and keeping your New Year’s resolutions.
Throw off the tried-and-true resolutions like “drop weight,” “get more exercise,” and “reduce stress” in favor of a handful of more realistic goals this year. Typical of a lazy person, these are the resolutions they make.
Your capacity, opportunity, and incentive to follow through on this commitment to yourself are crucial to its success, according to psychologists. It’s hardly surprising that eighty percent of us give up during the first month given these circumstances.
So, in my opinion, most of us are setting our sights on the wrong things for the new year. The next five recommendations are, as promised, stress-free and doable.
1. Acquire Knowledge of Something That Will Probably Never Be Used in Your Daily Life
Steve Jobs was impressed by the intricacy and craftsmanship of calligraphy. Jobs said in a 2005 graduating speech at Stanford that acquiring the knowledge wasn’t the most practical move he’d ever made. He had no idea how much this would shape his aesthetic judgment at Apple.
It’s time to take his advice this year. When you were younger, did you ever fantasize of building an automobile out of discarded materials? DIY winemaking? Trying to learn how to create visuals? Decide to enroll in a class, go to a conference, read a how-to book, or track down a teacher who can spark your interest and teach you more about a topic you’re passionate about.
Put aside your concerns about pragmatism and enjoy yourself. What lies ahead is anyone’s guess.
2. Try Something New and Challenging
The goal of this year should be to have at least one experience that will assist you advance in your company or profession. Perhaps one way to do this is to offer a hand at an industry gathering that will give your firm the publicity it has been craving and put you in the spotlight.
While it may not be the direct outcome of your foray into a new field, it is probable that you will meet interesting new people, gain valuable new skills, and gain personal insight.
Like mastering a new, less useful talent or pastime, this one might lead to unexpected opportunities and breakthroughs in your professional life.
3. Acquire a Single Technological Skill
Pick a single technological ability that interests you and research its implementation. Of course, the topic of coding and the plethora of introductory and intermediate courses accessible today would not be out of place in a discussion about modern technology. Learning the fundamentals of one of the most in-demand talents today can’t hurt. If you want to learn more, I recommend Linkedin.com and Codecademy.
There are many resources available to help you become more proficient in Photoshop (another in-demand ability as of late) and other forms of digital design. To begin going, check out one of the many online course sites, such as Skillshare or CreativeLive. There’s really no reason you shouldn’t be able to locate anything that piques your interest among the plethora of possibilities.
4. Find 3 Books That Will Help You Advance in Your Career
Okay, so you don’t read very much. There’s just no time for that now. You can’t pay attention to anything right now. Insufficient time due to prior commitments. The objective for this year is to read a whole book every four months. Make sure you’re picking ones that will make you think, that will encourage you on whatever road you’re on; they may be anything from straight-up business alternatives to fiction to a biography.
The answer is yes, you can still enjoy some lighter books. But this year, make an extra effort to choose three that will propel you forward rather than merely provide a respite.
Make a list of books you’d want to read by visiting your local bookshop, browsing Amazon, or signing up for a library card (it’s quick, simple, and free!). Even if you only want to read three books, I have no doubt that you will end yourself reading many more.
5. Prepare for a weekend without Internet access by setting aside 48 hours.
You have become technologically dependent. Yes, I do understand how it dictates much of your day-to-day existence. Even though I, too, am always connected (constantly checking emails, reading noteworthy articles, and tweeting about them, and checking out LinkedIn’s newest features), I have made it a practice to unplug every once in a while, and it feels amazing! On top of that, I don’t think I would have hit burnout without it. Always being connected to the internet may lead to burnout at work, as author Joan Borysenko explains in her book Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive.
If you’re the kind to be online at all hours, checking emails whenever you wake up (even if it’s only for water in the middle of the night), I dare you to unplug for a full weekend. It will prevent you from being bored, and it may even inspire you to be more productive and energetic. Furthermore, your professional future may take unexpected turns.
It is not necessary to have a long list of goals for the next year. You just need one excellent one that significantly improves your life and outlook. Keep your distance from the critics, and find the motivation you need to kick off a year that’s all about you.