Starting 2015

It’s that time when many of us have set some resolutions or goals for the next year - goals, which statistically, are doomed to fail. What if we had a way to keep ourselves on target for reaching some of the goals for the new year? Chip and Dan Heath, authors of Made to Stick have some tricks that their studies have shown actually work, and I’m going to try putting some of these into play this year. Maybe you can too.
Exercise related goals always seem to be at the top of everyone’s resolution list. So what if, instead of just reminding ourselves to exercise more, we followed the advice of the book and used visual cues to remind ourselves to exercise? Something like putting your sneaks in front of the shower if you plan to exercise in the morning? Or laying your workout clothes out at night on top of your work clothes?
Or if one of your resolutions is to drink more water, try putting a water bottle on top of your cell phone, so that you have to drink before your make a call?
Another fun recommendation is to change passwords that you use frequently to words that would remind you of your goals. I can see “get going” as a password in my future!
It all sounds like a pretty good idea to me. So I’m going to make a list of my goals and figure out what visual cues I can use to keep me focused.

Wishing you success in 2015. Go for the goals!
Dr. Dave