Let’s Talk with Nancy J Cohen

Resolutions

by Nancy J. Cohen

New Year’s Day brings an accounting for what we’ve accomplished over the past year and what we want to do next. Aside from business goals, we tend to focus on many of the same things each year as we set our resolutions. Let’s see which ones affect you. Pick a statement on each line item that reflects your beliefs.

Diet and Fitness
a) I plan to eat healthy, lose weight, and increase my exercise level.
b) At my age, who cares? I’m going to enjoy myself.

Family and Friends
a) Emotional attachments distract from my goals. I need to focus more on Me this year.
b) I should spend more quality time with my loved ones and call my friends more often.

Business
a) I need to increase my production level and raise my social media profile.
b) I shouldn’t compare myself to others. What works for me is fine.

Technology
a) There are dozens of things I need to learn to keep up with changing technology.
b) I’ll learn new things as I need them and won’t stress out over it.

Leisure Time
a) Time off? What’s that?
b) I’ve always wanted to learn [fill in the blank]. Now is the time to do it.

Reading
a) I read trade magazines and work manuals. Does that count?
b) I plan to double my books read this year. So many good stories to read, never enough time!

So where do you stand on your personal goals? Would you add anything to these categories?

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Comments

  1. Barbara Cameron says:

    Definitely B on #1. But I felt that way 40 yrs ago too. I don’t do resolutions, but I do want to get organized.

    • Getting organized sounds like a goal to me! I’m leaning more toward B on Number One also, although I do need to get my weight down. That’s an endless objective, however.

  2. A great list — and I like having a choice between A and B. 🙂 I must confess I gave up on NY’s resolutions long ago but I do keep ongoing goals on m To-do list. 🙂

  3. My biggest goal is the heaĺthy lifestyle so I can spend more time with loved ones and friends. Everything else will fall into place. Of course I am a retired widow so I pretty much do what I choose. Happy New Year Nancy.

    • It’s hard to meet those healthy goals, isn’t it? I sit too much at the computer and that takes its toll. I have to take more care of my body parts as I get older.

  4. Wendy Dingwall says:

    Love the way you listed the goals! I can see how a lifestyle goal will conflict with a business goal. It’s all about creating balance. Focusing is usually my issue too. I find that lists help to keep me on track.

  5. Maggie Toussaint says:

    Most of my answers to your choices above vary between a or b. I love writing and hope to continue for many more years. To do that I need a healthy mind and body, hence the sprouting of “b” answers above. For many of the 13 years I’ve been published I would’ve answered “a” all the way. I’m still hungry but I’m also seeking to find the right balance of writing to fitness, outside interests, and family.

    • Yes, the balancing act becomes more important as the years go by. It’s great that you have the energy to carry on. I’m leaning more toward the “b” answers these days.

  6. cherylhollon says:

    Happy New Year, Nancy! Love this list and I’m all over the map with my approach to goals this year. What I’ve been doing is selecting one overall action to help me improve. This year the word is FOCUS. I’m easily distracted. Having only one idea for the year helps me.

  7. You’ve got categories here I never even think about. Even though I would answer (a) to question #1, that’s an ongoing lifestyle thing. My overall attitude this year would be the (b) response to question #1 for all the rest of the categories. 🙂