What's Your New Year's Resolution?
If you're a little late to the New Year's resolution party, there's no need to fret. Medium.com has a short, interesting post on how to do some clever soul-searching and come up with some good goals for the year. Lifehacker has singled out the most interesting idea, which is to interview yourself as if you're two separate people. Example:
"Hey Mike, what are your goals for 2014?"
"Well, probably to talk to myself less, for one."
"Cute. Save the sarcasm for someone that isn't already living in your head 24/7. How about a serious answer?"
"Hmm. Well, I'd like to save more money I suppose."
"Great! That's a good one! Very achievable. We can build smaller goals around that, like cutting down our grocery bill or increasing our 401k contribution. That'll make our progress more systematic and will provide more concrete benchmarks, two steps which are critical for any resolutions success, and ..."
"You are a little too excited about this. This was just supposed to be a simple example, remember?"
"Right. Well, it wouldn't kill you to take a little interest in your personal finances you know? I mean, you're 30 years old and getting married this year. I think you're more than overdue to buckle down and really start saving some money."
"That's a pretty sanctimonious attitude for someone that's also me."
"Touché good sir, touché."
"Can we stop this now?"
You get the idea. There's a bunch more helpful ideas in the article that can help you frame your goals or approach your mind in a different way to make coming up with resolutions easier. Short, and definitely worth a read if every Jan. 1 you're scratching your head and asking yourself "How can I make my life better?"