Silly New Years traditions can hamper innovation
What is the day of the year when we make new resolutions? January 1st of course, the New Year.
But, 2 weeks remain in the 2013, and you have nothing to do except get ready for Christmas (ho, ho, ho) or the holiday of your choice. You already have resolutions in mind because it's instinctual: at the end of the year you prepare to make new goals. The tradition inspires you to grow and change.
The idea behind New Year resolutions is that you have a fresh new year to work with, where you have not made any blemishes yet. You are perfect with the entrance of the New Year.
However, think about the pressure and anxiety that a clean slate creates within you, so much anxiety that the feeling will probably intrude on your ability to keep the goal. The pressure of perfection is crushing. Long-term anxiety over keeping goals is not healthy.
An end of year strategy to bring in the New Year
So here is what you need to do. Each day this week, work your resolutions into your everyday 2013 schedule. When the New Year begins, you will experience less pressure because you already have them started.
You are more likely to complete the goal with less anxiety and a closer start date. The habit will already be partially formed. The New Year is not so new, but you have enough changes to go through next year without worrying about starting resolutions.
For blogging and social media, here are some ideas to get you rolling at the end of 2013:
Before you leave, let me know what ideas you have for achieving New Years resolutions.
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By Darin L. Hammond
Darin works for BlogCatalog, owns and writes at ZipMinis.com, and freelances as a writer and designer. Darin Publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Business2Community, SteamFeed, LifeHack, and Social Media Today. Find Darin on Google+.