Harmonson Law Firm - January 2020






Happy New Year!

on the television. Television is great, but it does not usually engage me intellectually like a good book does.

By the time Dec. 26 rolls around, our minds shift from Christmas to the new year. With every new year comes those pesky resolutions — we resolve to eat better, exercise more, and drink less.

To make my reading goal SMART, I’ve resolved to read one book per month purely for pleasure, whether it’s a good work of fiction, a biography or memoir, or something on the humorous side. I’ve made this goal specific, measurable, and achievable. Plus, one fun book per month isn’t that much of a stretch, so I should be able to work it into my busy schedule, so I’ve made sure it’s time-sensitive for me specifically. This goal is relevant to me because reading means a lot to me. It’s part of who I am. My failure to read purely for pleasure makes my life less enjoyable. You may be thinking about your own goals too. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few other resolution topics to consider that don’t have anything to do with diet or exercise.

This resolve lasts for a few weeks, then we realize there is still more football to watch, and we must indulge in the queso, wings, and beer for the big games. I am guilty as charged. But this year, instead of giving up on all the “bad things” I love, I am going to focus on increasing all the great things that make life worth living. It’s all about shifting my mindset. Whatever your resolution is this year, it needs to be SMART in order to be effective. A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Sensitive (you can read more about SMART goals on Page 3 with our handy SMART goal guide). So, instead of resolving to eat better during the new year, a SMART goal might be to resolve to eat a healthy breakfast every day or cook and eat at home six nights a week, while enjoying your favorite cookies and cream ice cream only once a week instead of every day. One of my goals in the new year is to read more often for pleasure. Most of my success in life has had a strong foundation in reading. In law school, for instance, I almost drowned in the sea of books I had to read, but I learned all about the law by reading case after difficult case. But too much reading about the law and about law office management makes Clark a dull boy. I also love to read just for the fun of it. However, I’m in the habit of coming home from work and immediately turning

• Resolve to take your family to the park once per month.

• Resolve to volunteer once or twice a year at the local food bank or another local charity.

• If you’re a parent, resolve to spend one day per quarter with one of your children doing any activity the child picks. Make it a one- on-one day.

• As a family, resolve to cook one new dish per month.

These are just a few ideas, but it’s all about enriching your life and the lives of those around you!

Until next month, here’s to wishing you the best of luck with all your New Year’s resolutions! – Clark Harmonson

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