It’s January: the time for lofty ideals and fresh starts.
Like many of you, I love dreaming of possibilities for the New Year, but I have a mixed track record for the follow through.
As an INFP, I am easily distracted by the shiny and new. Meeting goals and forming habits requires focus.
You know I love to read. Long-term focus doesn’t come easy to me, but I use a little tool that helps me harness my love of reading to meet my resolutions.
It’s called a feed reader, and you probably have one too.
(I’m a long-term Feedly fan and I still prefer it on my phone. For desktop I prefer Bloglovin’ these days: it’s prettier. Here’s my look at the options.)
Like most people, I subscribe to blogs I’m interested in. Obviously. But I discovered a few years ago that attention is a two-way street: if I want to be interested a topic—like organizing, or fitness, or personal finance—I’ll subscribe to blogs on those topics. Reading about the topic increases my interest and keeps my focus.
Gretchen Rubin just published 13 suggestions for keeping your resolutions. Tip #3 is to review your resolution constantly. Reading blogs about your resolutions is an excellent way to keep your goals front of mind.
Every January I go through my feed reader and add blogs on topics I want to focus on in the coming year. This year that means reading and writing, fitness and parenting, simplifying and organizing.
I’d encourage you to do the same: find a few blogs on topics that you want to stay focused on in the coming year and add them to your reader. (If you prefer to subscribe to your blogs by email, that serves the same purpose.)
To keep your resolution, review it constantly. Blog reading can be a fun way to do just that.
What blogs are you following to help you meet your New Year’s resolutions? Any other tips and tricks for staying focused on your goals? Please share in comments!