Tip of the week
Want to have the best chance of keeping a resolution? Write down S.M.A.R.T. goals. That means they're Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. The combination of making your resolutions concrete and writing them down will increase the chances you'll achieve them. Read more about setting SMART goals.
Look clever at a cocktail party
Did you know that nearly 4,000 years ago the ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts? Learn more about the origins of New Year's resolutions.
What are Ian, Darren & March up to this week?
Listen to an upcoming show to hear how our experiments went and what we learned!
- Ian is using live trivia game HQ (referral code: IanMik) to bring friends & family together in a fun way (and win money).
- Darren is doing end-of-the-year decluttering using the Kon-Mari method and the clothes hanger trick.
- March is writing thank you cards to friends and family to practice gratitude and mindfulness.
Article of the week
A Behaviourist’s Guide to New Year’s Resolutions - by Rebekah Boynton & Anne Swinbourne
"The ABCs of behaviour change (antecedents, behaviour, consequences) are useful for people who procrastinate, people who over-think their behaviour and particularly for people who are good at talking themselves out of doing things. By removing the cognitive component and structuring antecedents and consequences of behaviour you can basically take your self-sabotaging brain out of the equation."
Product of the week
March was gifted a MasterClass subscription and is loving it. He's taking classes on writing from Aarok Sorkin & James Patterson and there's so much more available. From the website:
"MasterClass is an immersive online experience that offers access to genius by allowing anyone to take online classes with the world's best. Our instructors include Christina Aguilera, Serena Williams, James Patterson, and more. These video courses are 100% exclusive - MasterClass produces the courses directly with the instructors to capture exactly what the masters want to teach."
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Ian, Darren & March