7 Work/Life Balance Resolutions People Make And Don’t Keep

Taken from here.

New Years Resolutions. Why do we make them? Sometimes it seems like we are just setting ourselves up for failure. And according to psychologists we actually are. Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, said he and his team had asked 700 people about their strategies for achieving new year resolutions. Their goals ranged from losing weight or giving up smoking to gaining a qualification or starting a better relationship. Of the 78% who failed, many had focused on the downside of not achieving the goals; they had suppressed their cravings, fantasised about being successful, and adopted a role model or relied on willpower alone. ”Many of these ideas are frequently recommended by self-help experts but our results suggest that they simply don’t work,” Wiseman said. “If you are trying to lose weight, it’s not enough to stick a picture of a model on your fridge or fantasise about being slimmer.”

People who planned a series of smaller goals had an average success rate of 35%, while those who followed all five of the above strategies had a 50% chance of success, the study found. ”Many of the most successful techniques involve making a plan and helping yourself stick to it,” Wiseman said. But we at The Grindstone came up with the list of the ones we seem to think are the most common for women trying to make their work/life balance perfect (and we may make these ones every year as well.) But these tend to be the ones that most people find they don’t change probably because they approach it the same way the people in the study did. Here are the ones we came up with and some suggestions

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