The *Cruel Truth* About New Year’s Resolutions…

New Year's Resolutions

New Year's ResolutionsIt’s that time again…

The ball has dropped.  It’s a new year.  And many people have picked their annual “resolution.”

Unfortunately it’s been my experience that New Year’s Resolutions are a complete waste of time.  Even worse – Some resolutions actually prevent people from achieving their goals.

Think of it this way…  Imagine it’s the final minutes of year.  You make a resolution simply because everyone else is doing it.

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A Simple Stretching Routine for Busy People

Today’s guest post is great for anyone who spends a lot of time hunched over a desk – Ie: Probably everyone reading this blog.  It’s been my experience that there is a direct relationship between the mind and the body.  By taking care of your body you’ll be less stressed and more productive.

In this article, Maria gives a great exercise you should incorporate into your work schedule.  I’ve tried a variation of this myself and I can honestly helps me stay sharp and focused.  Enjoy!

Simple Office Stretching RoutineModern, active lifestyles often don’t leave time for a trip to the gym. Although medical studies on the benefits of stretching are inconclusive (Some studies say it helps, but others show no improvement.)

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52 Daily Success Habits to Develop…Starting Today

You’ve probably realized by now that making a change in your lifestyle—which usually involves developing a new habit to take the place of a bad one—is hard. Really hard.

Back in January, I offered some insight about an “experiment” I found on Steve Pavlina’s website. He suggested giving yourself a 30-day “trial run” when attempting a new habit, similar to the risk-free 30-day trials that companies offer consumers before they have to make a final decision whether or not they’re going to purchase a product or service. After your 30 Day Habit Trial, you can decide if you want to stick with your new habit or go back to your old ways.

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Clean up Your Workspace and Get More Accomplished

The other day I offered a few time management hacks that included advice about watching less television. I haven’t changed my outlook on what a time waster the old boob tube can be, but whenever I flip across one of those reality shows dedicated to cleaning out someone’s uncontrollably messy house, I can’t help but watch (especially with my dad who loves those shows).

Although the majority of us don’t have to sleep in a living room recliner because our beds are completely covered with dirty clothes, shopping bags, photo albums, and who knows what else (hey, haven’t you seen Hoarders?)  but I’d have to guess that a lot of people reading this do have messy work areas. I know I’m guilty of it from time to time.

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What is the Key to Weight Loss?

I’m really excited about this guest article. Written by Noel of Fitness Philippines, this post provides an excellent break-down of the secrets to true weight loss. The truth is many people fall for fad diets all the time. To truly lose weight, you have to take a very strategic approach. So I recommend you follow Noel’s simple, but effective advice…

Energy balance determines whether body fat increases, decreases, or stays the same. It occurs when the body’s energy intake equals its energy expenditure. Whenever the human body takes in more energy than it expends, then it incurs a positive energy balance results.

This excess energy will then be naturally stored as body fat. The contrary also holds true, of course, such that whenever the human body expends more energy than it takes in, a negative energy balance occurs and excess fat, if any, will be burned off, resulting in lower body weight.

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4 Signs of Bad Time Management

Signs of Bad Time Management

Signs of Bad Time ManagementI always see one or two employees standing outside the front entryway smoking a cigarette when I go to a store.

Sure, they might legitimately be on break, but people who smoke do it pretty regularly so my guess is they’re sneaking outside every hour or two to take a smoke break.

There are articles in the papers about companies cracking down on their employees’ use of social media websites during the workday.

Apparently people are spending so much time updating their Facebook statuses and Tweeting about where they’re going for lunch that they’re not completing projects at work.

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30DSHS- Make Three New Friends Each Day

It’s time for the 5th installment of the 30 Day Success Habits Series. (A monthly column where I discuss the habits that I’m trying to develop for the next 30 days)

For the month of May, I’m going to do something that will really push my comfort zone. It’s something that I’ve done in a past, but got out of the habit in the last few years.

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Results of the April Success Habit

It’s time for the monthly update on the April results of the 30 Day Success Habits Series. (A monthly column where I discuss the habits that I’m trying to develop for the next 30 days)

As I said in my introduction of the April success habit, my goal was to use a doorknob as a quick reminder to take a pause and think about whatever I’m thankful for at that very moment.

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How to Systemize Your Life and Produce Results

A couple months ago I saw a TV show on A&E that featured a woman who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder. She was so paranoid about germs that she would literally clean her kitchen for hours on end and she’d have anxiety attacks if someone else made dinner because she didn’t know whether or not they’d washed their hands while cooking or used clean utensils to make the meal.

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