We all make New Year’s resolutions, even if they are sometimes only internalized; but do we complete them? They are often too lofty or the goal posts are set too high to achieve. Often, we just give up after trying a short time once we realize that we have 46 more weeks to go an it seems too daunting to continue. Knowing this, I was struck when I read the title, “Resolved: Small changes can produce big rewards, ” in the health section of my local newspaper. I was encouraged to see that these small changes could be applied to resolutions that could be achievable and they all would be good for personal as well as business improvements. These may all be simple but they require thought and some effort to maintain. I had time to reflect on this after a recent trip to Panama. I’ve already broken a few but I’m trying to keep up with the rest.
1) Work on your focus. Evidently, multitasking isn’t so good for your brain because it can really only juggle one thing well at a time. It is suggested to limit your distraction time with electronic media and put brain power toward focusing on one thing, which improves memory and efficiency. I have limited my email responses to certain times a day, which allows me to focus on more important and enjoyable things, like new designs (that I’m working on) and sketching. Plus, I get more accomplished in the process.
2) Eat more fiber which is linked in studies showing a lower death rate from cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious diseases, not to mention a good flushing system for your body. The tropical fruit in Panama is so colorful and abundant. Banana and mango trees are in back yards with ripe fruit for picking.
3) Sleep more which gives your body a chance to repair itself from daily stresses. It helps with concentration, memory and creativity to have a regular set schedule with enough sleep so you don’t feel tired the next day. I can operate on five hours of sleep a night, sometimes four, but then I tend to make up for it on the weekend. Since I realize some people need less sleep than others, I’m reluctant to suggest how much is best.
4) Improve important relationships. Spending more meaningful time with friends and family can be beneficial in enhancing mood and well-being as well as reducing risk of stroke and mental illness.
5) Eat dark chocolate daily. It satisfies a sweet tooth to have just two squares of pure 50 – 70 cocoa, which delivers antioxidants in decreasing blood pressure by protecting the lining of blood vessels and therein, lowering the risk for diabetes that can lead to and prevent a possible heart attack and/ or stroke. What’s not to love about this one, especially with Valentine’s Day around the corner?
For business, I thought I’d relate how all the above can lead to more productivity, projects going smoothly, less exhaustion, more stability with team members and adding a little fun in the mix creates a perfect balance.
I stumbled upon these worker ants recently while on a hike in the Panamanian jungle. It was one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in Nature. While putting together this video, I realized what a perfect balance they had struck — all working together as a team for one accomplished goal. Even though it first appeared a moving mass of mayhem, I noticed that there was a synergized rhythm because they all were performing to the best of their ability going in two delegated directions for one goal. This reminds me of Casart coverings and how everyone on our team is focused, works well and strives for success.