Daily Resolution: Cash in Your Calendar

One product that will never go out of style is the calendar.  While our “electronic secretaries” might track our appointments and meetings in cyberspace or on screen, there is still an affinity for the pin-up calendars (the kind that have a large image with the dates below it). Our calendars make bold statements about who we are. They are displayed proudly where others can see them, and then when the year is over we discard them. Stretch the year a little longer: Frame a few in a series, display on your refrigerator, put them up in a locker. Don’t have one? Watch for sales at the end of January and get yourself one! You can find everything from country landscapes to cuisine to puppies to Elvis!

Daily Resolution: Bring the Outdoors Indoors

Winter months can create depression and laziness so it is important to recognize when you need a pick me up. Indoor batting cages can provide a winter outlet for energy-charged children or even stressed out adults especially if you live in areas where the winter weather hampers outdoor activities. There are also many cities that now have trampoline gyms (SkyZone is one example) for hours of jumping. Some of them cater to companies who can bring in their employees for a private session…but leave your shoes and laptops at work.

Daily Resolution: Save a Life in Sixty Seconds

Spend 60 seconds today convincing a friend or family member to quit smoking. You say YOU smoke? Then spend 60 seconds explaining to someone else why you have not quit. The CDC reports that nearly 70% of adult smokers WANT to quit. That could be a tremendous success story for even a small percentage of those people if more of us took the time to support someone who is struggling with tobacco addiction. Sixty seconds alone might not be enough, but 60 seconds a day of informational nagging might decrease someone’s impulse to light up. It is worth a minute of your time.

Daily Resolution: Learn More About Traditions

How many candles are on a menorah? What are the 12 days of Christmas? What is the origin of Kwanzaa? Find out about December traditions that are different from your own. Initiate a conversation with children and share what you know about the traditions of other cultures. Prompt them to share what they know with you. Sharing the “spirit of the season” is what this time of year is all about no matter how you celebrate it.

Daily Resolution: Step Out of Line

There are frequently jaw-dropping statistics on the news and on websites about how much time the average person spends on seemingly innocuous and unproductive activities over the course of a lifetime. One that stands out is how people spend approximately 5 years of their life standing in lines! And even though people have become more skilled at multi-tasking during times like this, sometimes there just is not much else one can do but stand and wait. Today, think about ways to avoid standing in lines in the course of your weekly activities. Change your routines to do things on a different schedule. Get up and do your grocery shopping at 7am on a Sunday morning (the roads will be clear too!). Do more general shopping online. Make yourself a coffee at home instead of queuing up at the local Quick-Stop at 8am when everyone else is there too.

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