Usually, the beginning of January is when the ability to balance work and life is examined. Fresh from the holidays, family and friends, consideration of who should be seen with more or less frequency is near the top of the list. Turning inward, many flock to gyms to rid themselves of the weight and sluggishness accumulated when feasting and cold weather are combined. Evaluation food consumption is definitely on the menu. Returning to the commute, especially in traffic rich and road quality poor Silicon Valley, may cause one to look for alternate transportation, work setting, housing, or employment. Too often, however, good intentions seem to be set aside when the harsh reality of life causes disruptions.
Rather than resolve to change over an entire year, do it by month, quarter, or by a significant date in the near future. Instead of rushing into a gym membership, begin by starting to stretch. Re-discover the area around the home and workplace for opportunities to run errands by walking or riding a bike. Get fitter while getting things done. Before re-designing an entire diet, try just eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. While time management may be a long-term goal, begin by getting a grasp on the little bits lost to waste. Before changing a current position to be able to work from home, try putting home and work together to sort out difficulties before they define the job. Wait to massively slash the budget until some time has been spent in tracking expenses and leveraging the necessary ones to a greater gain.
Due to comfort, convenience, or complacency, habits and “ruts” develop. Some change direction and purpose, forgetting the same habits may follow. Rather than completely changing direction, it may be better to alter habits and perceptions to refine the current situation. Especially with high unemployment, it may be a long and difficult road to change. Even if that is the desired end, try making the current situation more like the one that is wanted.
For some actual, attainable resolutions with multiple benefits, try:
- Eating a simple breakfast
- Packing a sack lunch
- Drinking water throughout the day
- Taking a short walk
- Stretching as frequently as going to the bathroom
- Discussing hairstyle with a stylist
- Using a professional to evaluate clothing for fit and style
- Removing clutter from home and office
- Reviewing and/or replacing pillow, toothbrush, air filters, sponges, smoke detector and other batteries, and vacuum bags and filters.
- Performing scheduled maintenance on vehicles and have them detailed
- Scheduling time with friends and family the same as work commitments