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Prioritize daily goals and yearly resolutions

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. January 11, 2012

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The new year is traditionally a time for looking back, but I recommend focusing on today. How will you spend the day? What will you accomplish?

Of course your "must do" list is long. Sometimes multitasking seems unavoidable. However, study after study shows that doing two things at once means doing both badly. You can't speak on the phone and drive safely. You can't prepare a meal and engage in a thoughtful conversation with family members.

One of the things I've learned to do is to make a list of what is "mission critical" for the day. Then I discipline myself to stick to the list.

Turns out that what works for the day also works for the year. Identify the one or two resolutions you really want to achieve. Make them practical and realistic. Then write them down. You've taken an essential step toward making your goals a reality.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jan. 11, 2012