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A New Approach to Resolutions

January 7, 2011

Add some Method to Madness:
Late last year I picked up “The Happiness Project,” by Gretchen Rubin.   I didn’t love it information organization and layout– I know, snore! — but is extremely important to my ability to process and retain information, but  I love the method behind her approach to tackling her subject, happiness.

Make it Manageable:
In her book, Gretchen tackles a different aspect of happiness — I think of them as “themes” — each month and uses daily checklists to keep track of progress. Each month, a new theme and the past months’ themes are carried over.

Simple. I love it.

If you have great ambition, but lack consistent follow-through, following this method can help break up seemingly overwhelming goals into daily and monthly manageable chunks.

For example:

“I want to be a yogi in 2011” =

  • Daily, I will read 1 mantra from my meditation book
  • Daily, I will do a 30-second plank to help build my core strength
  • Daily, I will take 5 cleansing breaths upon waking
  • Weekly, I’ll go to a yoga class
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