Results for - Ditch New Years Resolutions Day

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Ditch New Years Resolutions Day is observed on January 17, 2016. It's a day to brake or give up all of those New Year's resolutions you made two weeks ago on New Year's Days. But think about it: is it easier to slip back into old habits, or is it better to hold on your New Year's resolutions? You can get it if you want it!

1. Tomorrow is ditch New Years Resolutions Day. Have you kept your resolution?

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2. Did you find a professional to help you with achieving your goal?

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3. Did you make your goal public? Research has shown that making resolutions public can be one of the best ways to follow through on them, says Drew Carton, an assistant professor at Wharton who has done research on goal-setting. "It's much harder to flout promises — even promises you make to yourself — when others know that you've made them," he writes.

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4. Did you set milestone markers? A challenging professional goal can seem particularly daunting on its own. But breaking it into smaller pieces can make reaching it less overwhelming. But setting such milestones also depends on what kind of goal you have. Carton points to research by On Amir and Dan Ariely that shows that when the distance to a goal is unclear — you don't know exactly what it will take to reach the ambiguous goal of getting promoted, say — "discrete progress makers," or indicators of how you're doing, can help reduce uncertainty and improve performance.

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5. Did you use any 'if/then' statements to form new habits? Part of what makes following through on New Year's resolutions so tough is that it's hard to always monitor our behavior, Carton writes; changing our habits instead is more effective. One of the best ways to do this, research has shown, is to use "implementation intention," or an "if/then" strategy. Putting our work goals into these kinds of statements can make us stick to them better. For instance, if you're trying to not check email during the more productive morning hours, then you might tell yourself "if it's before 11 a.m., then I won't check email." Hershfield says it can be particularly helpful to use the calendar to do this. Instead of just abstractly saying you want to get more organized, the calendar can become a practical way of implementing those "if/then" plans.

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01/17/2016 Living 2737 26 By: Tellwut
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