Using Yast to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’re a few weeks into 2013, you might feel your enthusiasm towards your personal and professional New Year’s Resolutions starting to wane.  As with most resolutions, the initial motivation you felt at setting these yearly goals begins starts to fade as the reality of turning thoughts into actions begins to sap your energy.

If you find yourself in this precarious position, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to implement the technological solutions that’ll help keep you on track – even when the last thing you want to do is to continually strive forward towards your goal.  Consider the following examples in which the Yast time tracking tool can be used to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions:

Use Yast to monitor your fitness resolutions

Certainly, most of us could stand to incorporate more physical activity into our daily lives, which is why it isn’t uncommon to hear about people setting fitness-related New Year’s Resolutions.  But as the days go by, finding the motivation to get off the couch to exercise can dwindle – especially if you don’t immediately see the results you’re hoping to get from your workout plan.

In these cases, Yast can help to keep you honest to yourself.  To use Yast in this way, create a new private project labeled “Workout” and use Yast’s mobile interface to track the time you spend exercising.  Periodically, go back into your time logs and determine whether or not you’ve met your stated workout goals.  If so, give yourself some small reward for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions.

For even more accountability, find a workout partner and share your “Workout” project with him or her.  Agree to check up on each other to ensure that you’re each sticking to your exercise schedules.  Knowing that somebody else is looking over your shoulder and reviewing your time logs will help to keep you motivated when the last thing you want to do is head to the gym!

Let Yast help you make more progress on business goals

The procedure described above can be modified to suit just about any personal New Year’s Resolution that involves tracking the amount of time you spend on a goal (whether that goal involves fitness, cooking healthy meals, partaking in a hobby and so on).  However, Yast can do so much more than that when it comes to helping you to meet your stated objectives!

Suppose you’ve made it your mission to get more done at work in 2013.  Maybe you have a major project that you’d like to complete, or maybe you’d like to improve your skill set in some significant way in order to secure a promotion or other form of recognition.  Whatever the specific case may be, the first step in achieving your work-related goals is to simply free up the time needed to work towards them!

Realistically, we’re all busy people, which is what often makes adding further work demands on top of your previously-assigned responsibilities an unrealistic aim.  After all, how can you expect to get more done in your professional life when you’re barely hanging on as it is?

The solution lies in using Yast to identify opportunities to eliminate time-wasting activities.

To do this, take a week and meticulously log every minute you spend at work into various projects, including those created for productive work, breaks, meetings, procrastination and any other categories that are relevant to your situation.  Although you might think you know where your time is going, you might be surprised to discover that you’re taking 45-minute lunches instead of 30-minute breaks, spending two hours wasting time on funny websites each day before you dive into actual work or misusing your time in other unexpected ways.

Once you’ve identified these weak areas, you can begin to trim the fat from your “time budget,” freeing up space in your schedule that can be given over to goal-related activities.  Then, you can translate the process described above for monitoring your workout success to your professional goals, in order to determine whether or not you’ve freed up enough spare time in order to complete your business-related New Year’s Resolutions.

Though it might seem like a complicated process to assess your current time usage and monitor your overall progress towards your New Year’s Resolutions, Yast’s system makes it easy to generate the data needed to help you maintain your motivation and eventually reach your goals.

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