While it’s exciting to set new goals, failure is almost sure to follow when you’re setting your goals around this time of year. Nearly 80% of New Years’ resolutions are exhausted by February, making this entire annual tradition less-than-productive.
What better place to practice self-discipline than the workplace? Make 2018 your best year yet with 5 easily-adaptable Foolish resolutions.
1. Maximize Your Commute
The average American’s commute time extends every year, with one-way travel reaching more than 90 minutes. Long trips feel more routine for city employees, though everyone should take these (alarming) facts into consideration:
Commuting doesn’t have to rule lives! Try maximizing the minutes with podcasts and e-books. Audible offers discounts and free e-books, but a few podcast recommendations include:
Motley Fool Podcasts
There’s a podcast for everyone that wants to help the world invest – better. From tackling basic investing questions in Motley Fool Answers to co-founder David Gardner’s Rule Breaker Investing, check out our full podcast lineup here.
Our podcasts featured awesome guests in 2017, including some prestigious thought-leaders. David Gardner hosted Roy Spence, chairman and co-founder of the advertising agency GSD&M and CEO of The Purpose Institute, in this episode of Rule Breaker Investing. The Motley Fool Money crew interviewed Michael Lewis, best-selling author of The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Undoing Project. Get inspired!
How I Built This
This NPR hit, described as “a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built” is listened to by many Fools. The series offers so many different perspectives, though a few of the most entertaining episodes feature Whole Foods Market co-founder (and Motley Fool board member) John Mackey; Whitney Wolfe, founder of the online dating site Bumble; former CEO of Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher; and Rent the Runway CEO Jenn Hymann. If you’re interested in business and entrepreneurship, then How I Built This is a must-listen.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Not only is she a best-selling author, but Gretchen Rubin is also a past @TheFool speaker series guest. Gretchen is considered “one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature.” This popular podcast, which discusses happiness and good habits, is run with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. Click here to view all episodes, which are available for download on multiple platforms. Listen to Gretchen on Motley Fool Answers here.
2. Step Up
It’s hard to argue against physical exercise, but hitting 10,000 steps a day is tough. One report concluded that “Every extra hour that a postal worker spent sitting during a typical workday was linked to an additional .8 inches of waistline and a heart disease risk 0.2% greater.” Office-wide challenges are motivational, especially when rewards are involved. If you’re on your own, start by determining a minimum movement goal. Incorporate more steps by choosing stairs over elevators. If steps aren’t your thing, try scheduling walking meetings around the office – or outside in nice weather!
3. Be Nice to the Kitchen
Common courtesy is always the way to go, but especially in the office kitchen. Dirty coffee cup? Put it in the dishwasher! It’s (really) as easy as 1-2-3, plus a clean space will delight your coworkers.
4. Inbox Hygiene Matters
Feeling overwhelmed doesn’t help time management, so consider starting each day with an inbox purge. Unsubscribe from list-serves that aren’t of interest and respond to contacts instead of putting off communication. Check out more inbox detox tips here.
5. Find a Work Mentor
Community is one of the most valuable aspects of The Motley Fool’s workplace culture. Coworkers offer insight that otherwise might go unnoticed, and mentors can impact any career level. Building relationships among peers is 100% worth the effort. This article provides tips for seeking a mentor to fit your professional needs.