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How to Really, Truly Keep Your New Year's Workplace Resolutions

This week on Game Plan, tips from a habits expert on becoming our best workplace selves

Every year we come back from the holidays and resolve to be our best workplace selves in the coming year. Some of us make specific New Year's resolutions, like keeping a tidier desk. Others simply try to start the year off on their best foot. And then, about a month (or week or day) later, we slide back into our old habits. Let's make this year different!

On this week's Game Plan, Sam and Rebecca make their own workplace New Year's resolutions. To make sure they stick to them, they enlist the help of Gretchen Rubin. Rubin, of The Happiness Project fame, who also wrote a book on habits, Better Than Before offers up strategies on behavior change and making 2017 a year of good habits.

Some of her tips include:

  • Monitoring: Keep track of steps or calories or time spent on a website to stay aware of how much you're doing a habit, for better or worse. 
  • Scheduling: Setting a date makes something inviolable, like a dentist appointment. Want to start flossing in 2017? Create a daily calendar reminder. 
  • The strategy of convenience (and inconvenience): Make good habits easy and bad habits hard. Want to stop procrastinating on a certain website? Block it. 

Listen on for more of Rubin's advice, and good luck in 2017. 

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Each week, Game Plan hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Sam Grobart take a close look at the way we live our lives at work—our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.


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