By Tom Lally
I’ve always had difficulty with the concept of New Year’s resolutions. I do think it’s a natural time to reflect back on the past year and look ahead to the next. The phrase “progress, not perfection” is why I prefer to think of these as general intentions more than specific goals. Instead of a hard, numbers-based goal like “lose 10 pounds before summer” – where there’s a chance for success but also failure and disappointment – I try to focus on softer, more general objectives, where any incremental progress can be celebrated as a positive step forward. Looking back on my past year, here are some of the areas I intend to focus on improving in 2017.
I’ve been pretty good about exercising since I joined a gym down the street from our office, but I do have a desk job that keeps me in a chair for most of the day before I head to the gym. I’ve become more keenly aware of this since my birthday last year, when I got a Fitbit activity tracker (which I love). One of the cool things it tracks is how many hours during the day I took 250 steps. I was surprised and horrified to see that some days I may go two or three hours in a row without hitting that target. So this year I’d like to get up and move more during the day, even if it’s just a small thing like bringing our mail down to the mailbox two floors below.
I was an English major in college, so I’ve always loved to read. But over the last few years I’ve picked up a book less and less frequently. In fact I’ve accumulated a small stack on my bookshelf just of ones I haven’t read yet. This year I’d like to start reading some of them.
Despite the medical advice to not do this, I usually end up a little short on sleep during the week and make up for it on weekends. It would be one thing if this happened because I lost myself in a good book (see above), but more often than not I have a sorry excuse like turning on the Bruins game for a few minutes to unwind and losing track of time. Honestly, a month from now, am I really going to remember the score of a random Thursday night game against the Edmonton Oilers?
The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at US Wealth Management.