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Less Can Mean More

Less Can Mean More  01/10/20Do you avoid making new year resolutions, perhaps because you feel you are doomed to fail at them?  Maybe it’s in your approach.

Current brain science research encourages us to focus on one or two strategic changes rather than broad, sweeping, lofty goals.

No matter what your goal is, start by focusing on what the benefits would be of reaching the goal.  Make your choices regarding changes by considering what you want, not just what you do not want. 

For example, if the goal is to decrease screen time, you might consider the benefits of cutting back on screen time, and the things you want instead of (or more than) screen time.  Things like meal times (social connection with family or friends), bedtime (refreshing and restorative), study time (focus), and free time (emotional regulation, stress recovery, connection with nature, friends, or physical activity) might be things that you consider as benefits of reducing screen time.

Once you’ve gotten more specific about your goals, following through requires that you exert willpower and make decisions that result in actions or strategies that align with the goals.

Your decisions, choices, and strategies will most likely involve replacing some old habits with new ones.  THAT will be the topic for next week’s column – stay tuned!

Adapted from “Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution,” Erin Walsh, Mind Positive Parenting/ Spark and Stitch Institute, 12-20-19.

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