January 14, 2011 / 3:49 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: How to keep those resolutions

Reveller David Turner from Brooklyn waits in Times Square for New Year's Eve celebrations to begin in New York, December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

BOSTON (Reuters) - Writing down your new year’s resolutions or sharing those goals with others can be ways of not letting them slip, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“It’s mid-January. Have you made any progress toward your New Year’s resolutions yet? If you are like the majority of people, the answer is, probably not.

There is hope though. You can make accomplishing your resolutions easier by doing two things:

1. Write them down. You are more likely to achieve goals if you set objectives and put them on paper. Be specific about the stepping stones that will get you to the end result.

2. Invite peer pressure. Share your resolutions with others — family, friends, or a trusted colleague. Not wanting to disappoint someone can be good motivation.”

-Today’s management tip was adapted from “How to Keep Those New Year’s Resolutions” by Steve Martin.

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