Personally, I love them! I'm always so motivated on January first, especially to eat more healthfully. I think a big reason for that is because I take a break from healthy eating during the last couple of weeks of the year, enjoying the holiday season, but after OD'ing on fatty foods and rich treats, I've had enough. I look forward to getting back to structure and discipline in January, and it's always a very productive month for me.
For the past few years, I've incorporated a lot of the habits I've picked up from my Agile training into goal setting, including working in small iterations, reflecting and adapting. These practices are meant to help with project management during uncertain times, so they're especially relevant these days both in our professional and personal lives.
One of my goals is to help pass along some of these Agile practices to others and I'm doing that in a few different ways. Today I wrote a blog post about New Year's Resolutions during uncertain times.
At the end of the month, I'll be hosting a "New Month's Eve" Virtual Party for people to share something positive about January. It can be progress on goals they set, or something simple, like a new podcast they discovered, a good book or movie they saw, a beautiful photo, or a story of something that brought them joy. It's nice to have a place to share and celebrate our accomplishments and joys. Then we will anticipate February and, hopefully, have that same renewed sense of motivation for the new month.
We'll see how this Virtual Party goes. In the "Agile way," I'll reflect on what worked well and what could have been better and what I might do differently next time!
If you're interested in joining, I've created the event on Meetup and on Facebook. I'd love to hear in the comments about your goals, joys, discoveries or thoughts about January, 2021 or New Years Resolutions in general.
Here is something interesting we found about New Year Resolutions. It is a set of poems compiled by poetryfoundation.org. Not all pertain directly to New Year resolutions, but to new beginnings and pertain to that theme. Here is the link.
I hate them!! Not because they are a terrible idea but because I never seem to keep them up!
Here is a super funny poem on failed NY Resolutions. Compiled by the National Public Radio (An American nonprofit media house funded by the public and grants), their poet in residence Kwame Alexander, compiled reader / listener entries on failed resolutions into a poem.
It starts off like this....
Here's to my treadmill, incomplete without the sound of slapping feet.
Eating healthy, getting abs But chips and chocolate up for grabs
Oh, banana pudding from the deli How did you get inside my belly?
The rest is a laugh riot! Read the full poem here:
Thanks #npr and #kwamealexander . And thanks Yvette for prompting this thought!
I try to make small resolutions like staying away from one particular thing for 2 weeks. Or doing something for, say, 1 day a week for a month. This keeps me motivated for more..
I don't like resolutions but also think they are important, because we are all not as disciplined as we think we are and some kind of goal or aim keeps us focused, and when we are not, we know we are not on the path we said we would be on!
I am not big on resolutions mainly because I make them and then do not stick to them and that makes me feel even worse! I am not familiar with the "Agile" way, so I will need to look up what that is.
If that can motivate me to do stuff, then why not? On the topic, may be you can collaborate with QV Woman to create an "Agile Calendar", like an interactive something that we can download as a PDF or something where we can set goals and make modifications...I am sure there are probably apps for life tracking, but sometimes what we need is something simple...just a thought!