Yes its that time of the year again with a plague of resolution pieces – which I choose to ignore. However, I was attracted by a piece in Fast Company magazine online so pass this on to you. You can follow up and read more where indicated. I particularly like no 11……
1. Take a screen-free walk at lunch
Free yourself from the screen! Instead of eating your lunch at your desk (which you really shouldn’t be doing), take a short walk to recharge. Enjoying the great outdoors, you know, with all that fresh air and stuff, will let you clear your mind, and give you that final push through the rest of the day. (Read more)
2. Embrace A Little Insecurity
Instead of faking it, embrace your limitations. People with a tinge of realistic self-doubt have a motivating force to improve–they’re more open to feedback, and tend to make smarter decisions. (Read more)
3. Skip The Coffee, And Call Your Mom Instead
Have you ever heard of “microbursts?” Microburst are small buts of physical activity–taking a brisk five minute walk (see resolution #1), a run up and down the stairs–that boost your energy levels in the long term.
Turns out the energy-boosting properties of microbursts translate to human interaction. So call your mom the next time you’re feeling sleepy instead of reaching for your coffee. (Read more)
4. Train Yourself To Wake Up Without An Alarm Clock
Yes, you can stop being a slave to your alarm clock. And it’s easier than you think. Your body wants to wake up in the morning (naturally), you just need to harness the power of your natural circadian rhythm, and put in your side of the bargain: consistency and trust. (read more)
5. Practice the 12 steps of more mindful living
Everywhere you go, people are telling you to live a more “mindful life.” We know: it’s hard to be mindful when the concept seems too abstract. That’s why ZenHabit’s Leo Babauta has devised a 12-part toolkit to get you started. (Read more)
6. Embrace Procrastination–Because It Might Make You More Productive
For years and years you’ve thought procrastination was ruining your work.
Guess what? With a new year comes a new outlook! According to Buffer’s Belle Beth Cooper, procrastination, when accepted as a critical part of our productivity process, can be extremely helpful. (Read more)
7. Finally, Finally Free Your Inbox From Clutter
2013 was a year of too much email.
This year’s solution? Put an autoresponder to good use. (Read more)
8. Beat Distraction By Getting Up Before It Rises
Fast Company contributor Paul Dejoe just couldn’t find peace. By 8 a.m. he was overwhelmed by the pressure and expectations of the day. Emails to respond to, meetings to attend, projects to plan.
His answer? Wake up before the competition. (Read more)
9. Plan Your Weekends So You Can Relax And Revitalize
It’s Sunday night. You’re miserable. You haven’t done anything this weekend!
If this is a familiar feeling, you’re not alone. Bottom line: a good weekend needs a plan. (Read more)
10. Embrace Social Media Already
Okay, look. It’s almost 2014. If you haven’t realized it already, social media’s here to stay. We’re not saying you need to make 15 new accounts to stay in the loop, but it wouldn’t hurt to learn some basic concepts about how social networks work, and how they operate in the business world. (Read more)
11. Don’t Listen To These Happiness Myths, And Know The Power Of Negative Thinking
This might be the only New Year’s resolution list that will tell you to not “maintain a positive mindset.” In fact, we say just the opposite: it’s beneficial to feel your emotions (all of them) and more productive to “focus on behavior, not internal states.” (Read more)