Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday Readership - New Year's Resolutions for 2010

Welcome to my first "Friday Readership" blog posts this year - every Friday I'm gathering the most interesting links with posts I've read recently. You can browse all of the posts from this series here. Today all the posts will be about New Year's resolutions:

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Oldie but goodie: It’s something of a tradition at this time of year that everyone writes advice about New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it be on TV, in magazines or on blogs (ahem...), they all seem happy to dish out ill thought advice left, right and center. However I am going to buck this trend and provide a damning indictment of the New Year’s Resolution...

You can also read this article in the #2 issue of the Productive Magazine

Another goodie: The timeless classics for the New Year’s resolution is to lose weight or improve your appearance. This is normally an automatic next action after a festive season of over indulgence! Eight pounds is the average weight gain in the UK over the festive period, and I can talk first hand of people who love nothing more than to drink and be merry over Christmas and the New Year...

This article also can be found in the #2 issue of the Productive Magazine

This one is fresh: I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s. For me, it is always a time when things slow down. I can reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year. I especially enjoy the time with my family and reconnecting with what’s really important...

Maybe we'll ask Michael to make it a contribution for the Productive Magazine #4 :-)

Question:
What do you think about New Year's resolutions? How do you make them work? What's on your agenda this year?

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Have a nice day - everyday words that make a difference - not only on Christmas

I've noticed that during Christmas time people are exceptionally nice to one another. Why can't we be like this all year long?

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Christmas time is special

People tend to smile at one another, wish each other great time... it's really nice to go shopping and spend time among people because everyone's so joyful.

Let's maintain Christmas joy throughout the whole 2010... and beyond!

Why are we only joyful and nice to one another on Christmas? Why can't we be nice to each other every day? Yes, we can!

"Have a nice day" - words that make a difference

It's incredible how these words make people smile. You meet someone, you say bye and add "have a nice day" and they smile back at you and say "thank you, likewise".

I've tested this over last month and I'm more than certain these words make a great impact. Clerks in the shops are nicer to me... even security guys, normally totally cold, tend to smile back and say "likewise"

"How are you?" isn't all that fortunate

In Europe saying/asking "how are you?" is a risky business. People believe this "American" way of saluting people is artificial and implies a positive answer even if your day goes really bad.

What's worse - Europeans will usually answer sincerely - if their day goes bad, they'd admit that. And you don't want to hear their horror stories or spend lots of time comforting them. You just want to say "hi".

Just wish a nice day.... every day... and everyone's happy.

I decided to try to maintain Christmas atmosphere during whole 2010 and keep on greeting people nicely, wishing them a "nice day" and smiling.... counting on a smile back. It's a great way of interacting with people and in most of the cases it makes everyone's day really great and really "nice".

How do you greet people? Do you ask how they are? Which phrase works for you and makes everyday life nicer for each and everyone of us?

--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
.. Founder of Nozbe.com - a time and project management web application
.. Editor of Productive! Magazine - a global PDF publication on productivity
.. and a blogger as well as a producer of a weekly 2-minute Productive! show.