It’s the first Monday of the New Year and many of us have headed back to work, school or whatever routine that is part of our daily lives. It is also the day when we start getting serious about those New Year’s resolutions we so eagerly made just last week. And it's the day that marks the beginning of the end because we all know we’ll scrap the whole resolution thing – if not most of it – by March.
But don’t despair. We can make it past March if we are just a bit more creative with some fun thrown in. So in that spirit, here are a few alternative ways I found on the web to tackle this annual ritual ...
- Try a New Year's Theme Instead of a Resolution - Melinda Johnson (@MelindaRD) takes a different route challenging us to pick one word that expresses how we would like to live our lives in the coming year. *This is an especially cool idea for associations. After all, we create themes for conferences … why not a year-long theme?
- 6 Alternatives to Setting New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 – this cool infograph from WonderHowTo also suggests using a theme as well as other ideas such as making it more about others than ourselves.
- Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations - a humorous look by Kevin Bleyer (@kevinbleyer) on some resolutions that our founding fathers might have made. We can learn a thing or two from them.
Or how about going another way entirely and just ditching the whole thing right now ...
- Why bother with New Year’s resolutions? Breaking them is much more fun – this article by Fritz Hahn (@fritzhahn), Maura Judkis (@MauraJudkis) and Becky Krystal (@BeckyKrystal) bans resolutions by giving us an excuse to just keep being bad. Plus side is we may even help the economy with our badness (now that’s not a "bad" resolution). The article is geared to the DC area, but it can certainly be applied to anywhere.
Oh, here’s one more just because it just made me laugh ...
What different New Year’s resolutions ideas have you found?A special thanks to JeannieBird Baking Company in Westminster MD for the tasty and fun pictures. You can like #JeannieBird on Facebook, and follow on Instagram and Twitter.
BTW: The top picture is Apple Blueberry Pie (a nifty dessert in a jar!) Yummy!