Showing posts with label New Year's Resolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year's Resolution. Show all posts

Friday, January 1, 2021

A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit

It's the first day of 2021! Have you made a New Year's resolution to curtail your junk food habit or quit a similar bad habit? I did that a couple of years ago and have mostly been able to keep my bad snacking habit in check by using a simple method that I learned about through Dr. Judson Brewer's TED Talk titled A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit.

My big take-away from Dr. Brewer's talk was the idea of thinking about why I engage in a bad habit while I'm doing it as a means to breaking that habit. For example, my bad habit is eating potato and tortilla chips when I'm stressed out. Brewer's suggestion is to think about why I'm doing that when I do it and I'll be less likely to do it again. For the last two years I've used this strategy of using mindfulness to curtail my stress-snacking habit. It has worked...most of the time. Between using Brewer's strategy and regular exercise I lost over 30 pounds in 2019 and kept it off through 2020.  

Applications for Education
The concepts and examples that Brewer shares in the talk are ones that high school students can relate to. For that reason, with the exception of one “PG word” in the talk, you could use this video to create a mindfulness lesson in a high school classroom.

Monday, January 1, 2018

An Alternative to New Year's Resolutions

It's the first day of 2018 (second day for some of you) and the time when many of us create goals and make resolutions for the 365 days ahead. A year, 365 days can seem like a long time to do anything consistently let alone do something new for that long. Matt Cutts, formerly Google's head of webspam, has an alternative to making New Year's resolutions. That alternative is the 30 day challenge. Try to do something new for 30 days and see if it sticks. As you can see in Matt's TED Talk, sometimes the 30 day challenge creates lasting lifestyle improvements and sometimes it just helps you make a change for 30 days.

How to Maintain a Blog in 2018

As the new year begins you might have set a goal for yourself to blog more consistently than you did last year. Or perhaps your goal is to start a blog. If so, I have some simple advice that I give every time that I am asked, "how do you do it?" That advice is featured in this short video that I recorded last week.

For more than ten years I have been publishing blog posts on at least 360 of the 365 days in a year. The "secret" has been to just make it a priority every day. There have been stretches where for it's a struggle and there have been stretches when it's "easy." The "easier" stretches always come when I get up early in the morning. I don't like getting up at 4am, but it makes the writing come easier and then I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day.

Don't Tell People About Your New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is a great year for you and that you accomplish all of the goals that you set for yourself in 2018. Just don't tell me or anyone else what those goals are unless you're asking for an accountability partner. It's not that I don't care about your goals, in fact, I do care and that's why I don't want you to tell people about them. Years ago I learned that if you tell someone your goal, you're less likely to accomplish it. Don't take my word for it, watch this three minute TED Talk in which Derek Sivers explains the research on the psychology of keeping goals to yourself until you have reached them.

Applications for Education
If part of your plan when school starts again tomorrow is to have students talk about New Year's resolutions, take a few minutes to watch this video with your students. I did that with my homeroom students seven years ago and one of those students recently mentioned it to me when I ran into her at a local ski resort where she now runs one of the guest services departments at the resort.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Use Google Keep to Help You Reach Your Goals

How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions? How about your students? If one of your resolutions is a daily habit like reading more often or exercising regularly, Google Keep can help you reach your goal.

Within Google Keep there is an option to set daily reminders for yourself. I have three of them in my personal account. At 7am, 9am, and 11am every day those reminders pop-up on my desktop and on my phone. They're also present in my Google Calendar. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create reminders on Google Keep.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Strategies for Getting Things Done in 2013

Last week I discovered two new-to-me strategies for getting things done.

Put One Fun Thing On Every To-Do List
This came from the description of a to-do app for iOS that I was trying. I decided not to write about the app because it wasn't that great, but the description of it inspired me to start putting one fun thing on my to-do lists. The idea here is that my to-do list won't be just a list of chores. I'll also have some incentive to get the chores done quickly so that I have time for my fun thing(s).

Write an Accomplished List
This idea came from a notepad that I found in my room at a Marriott hotel. Writing the list of things that I accomplished in the day is a lot more fun than just crossing items off of a list. I'm even listing simple things like "read one chapter in my new book." And I'm including my "fun thing" on my accomplished list too.

Bonus: Make a "fun" New Year's Resolution
This is a variation on an idea that Norm MacDonald (yes, the Canadian comedian) shared in a Grantland article. We tend to think of New Year's resolutions in terms of things that are difficult to change. What if we had a fun corollary to each difficult resolution? When you do one, do the other too. (Of course, I'm talking about fun resolutions that aren't bad for you. Norm MacDonald wasn't using it the same way in the article of his that I read which is why I didn't directly link to it). 

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Resolution Generator

So the New Year is here and if you're feeling the pressure to make a resolution, but you just don't know what it should be, try the New Year's Resolution Generator. Click the "Gimme More" button on the New Year's Resolution Generator and you'll be given a resolution idea.

Applications for Education
I remember in the third grade and again in the sixth grade my teachers made us write New Year's resolutions. I could never come up with any good ideas, I wish I had had this handy little tool. If you're thinking of using New Year's resolutions as writing prompts, consider having the New Year's Resolution Generator available to those students who are struggling for ideas.

Happy New Year!