Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year Resolution And The Internet

I have probably mentioned it before, but I don't have cable.  One of the benefits of that is no news.  Even when we had cable we watched the news rarely.  We use Hulu, Netflix  video games and the internet for our at home entertainment.  There hasn't been a new video game that has caught my interest lately which means outside of working, and working out, I've been doing more internet surfing than usual.

It started with getting a smart phone I am sure.  The constant connectedness to Facebook and news sites.  During the election I slowly slipped into reading more news stories, more badness, more negativity.  After I was into the habit of checking the news on my phone it just stuck.  During the election I said over and over again that I was going to stop being on facebook so much but I never actually stopped.

What am I doing to fix it?

1.  Deleted some of the blogs I am subscribed to.  
2.  Removed all of the news apps and facebook apps from my phone.


For the month of January no FB, News or blog reading.  The only time I am allowed to catch up is either Saturday or Sunday but not both.  At the end of January I will evaluate where I am mentally and decide how to proceed with February.  

I am trying to decide whether or not to add email to that list.  I am thinking not right now.  I am going to be reducing the amount of email I get by changing subscriptions.

How will this effect my VWOB page?  I plan on setting up all of my posts for the week on Sunday.  I am also adding another moderator.  I  am going to allow myself to update my blog any day of the week.   As long as it doesn't involve news sites.

Three days in, how are you doing with your resolutions?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year Resolutions

This seems to be the year of the non resolution.  People are talking more about committing to be more present in their life or happier and are leaving it at that.  I've had years like that.  Years were my resolutions were to eat more cake and laugh more. For me, this year is about tangible goals.  Goals that I will be proud of myself for achieving.  

I found an excellent article on  New Years Resolutions.  It is here if you are interested.  The first paragraph encapsulates the article perfectly.  

"New Year’s Resolutions are promises we make to ourselves about a future vision we wish to achieve, but much more often than not, we lack the strategy, commitment, focus, and accountability to make them a reality.  An Anthony Robbins coach once said to me, “I don’t care what my clients want.  I care what they’re committed to achieving.” The same is true for resolutions – it doesn’t matter what you “want” in life.  What matters is how ready, willing, and committed you are to bringing it into being"

As I look at my list of 15 resolutions, I am thinking to myself what am I committed to achieving?  I did well with last years resolution.  I have dieted, lost weight, and kept most of it off. I increased my physical activity and worked out consistently 2-5 times a week.  All year.  I built myself up to 30 mile bike rides and have the giant leg muscles to prove it.  But I can still do MORE.  I think the health goals, having already been in place for a year, provide a great foundation to build on. 

With my resolutions I asked myself three important questions.  How will I get there?  What does success look like? and When am I checking in on my progress?  My google calender is going to be instrumental in keeping me honest with my check ins!   Here are my health goals for 2013.