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Gah. It’s New Year Resolution Time!

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One of the things I love about Rosh Hashanah, is that it marks the start of a ‘New Year’ without all the pressure of resolutions (the honey cake is good too, but that’s irrelevant). In my book, if you want to lose weight, quit drinking juice from the carton or whatever then you don’t need to wait until the 1st of January to get started.

That being said, I think we all reflect over the last week of December and consider how we can make changes in our lives to make the following year truly super-duper. We always seem to want to share our resolutions too, which means we can’t keep it to ourselves when we break them on week three…oh no, all our friends, family and colleagues will be there to point it out a hundred times over that you’ve already broken that resolution which you were so excited about.

Ken Brand has already written a great post about resolutions, I for one will be joining him in stopping trying to train donkeys into stallions, but what else have I committed myself to?

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Well, I’m not making any of the three most common resolutions made in the UK each year…

  • Give up smoking.
  • Start exercising.
  • Resolve to not make resolutions.

Most people will include something to do with their eating habits/exercise regimes in the resolution list. Heck, I’m a woman, I spend all year promising myself ‘the diet starts Monday’, I don’t need to clutter my resolution list with anything health related! In fact, this year I’m making my resolution list strictly business related.

For 2009, I made a long list of things I’m going to do to make my working life more productive and efficient, most of them are very specific to my company so there’s no point publishing them here. But a couple might be useful ideas for you to take on board so I thought I’d share. I emailed my bosses the extensive list so unfortunately I’m going to have to stick with all of them!

  • Meet more with my co-workers #IRL (in real life). With all the clever ways we can communicate these days it’s easy to forget what being in a face to face meeting can feel like. I do a lot of mycomms with my colleagues via Skype , email and even Twitter. The stupid thing is that most of the time we’re in the same office! We’re all busy, but sitting down together even for just 15 minutes can be a lot more productive than pinging emails back and forth.
  • Give feedback to the right people. I get feedback from agents, users and colleagues every day about Globrix, feedback is invaluable to building a great product. But there’s no point collecting all the feedback and keeping it in a secret stash under your desk, pass on feedback (bad and good) to the relevant people so that it can be implemented/considered as appropriate.
  • Keep in contact with those that matter. To me, that’s our agent clients and our users. I’ll be making sure we communicate with them effectively over the next year, I like to think that people see an email fromGlobrix and get excited because they know we’re emailing because of a dandy new feature or because they’re getting a newsletter rammed with helpful info.
  • Keep on blogging. When the property market is in the state it is, it can get pretty hard to come up with material for blog posts. Well, I”ll just have to suck it up won’t I? As will you if you if you don’t want your blog to die an untimely death. 😉
  • Keep on commenting. Blogging may be hard sometimes, but you can’t really suffer from ‘commenter’s block’. If you’ve been engaged by a post and read it to the end, then chances are you have an opinion about it. It doesn’t take 2 minutes to leave a comment.

Of course the best types of resolutions to make are the easy ones. Ya know, like giving up stuff you don’t actually do. So I’ll add to my list…

  • Give up the crack habit, it doesn’t do the complexion any favors.
  • Stop signing autographs in public, it’s just crass.
  • Write less novels in Latin, not enough people were reading them anyway.

Written By

Poppy Dinsey works in Business Development at Globrix, the UK property search engine. She lives and works in London, which she loves except for the awful weather and lack of good pecan pie. She's got a pretty nifty degree in Eastern European Economics from UCL, which she readily admits she's never put to good use, although she did once dress up a Russian Bond Girl. You can find her on Twitter, 12Seconds, Seesmic and pretty much everywhere that's ever had a website.



  1. Sandra

    December 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Great post! I especially like the no-health-related resolutions idea since that’s what I resolve at the start of every week of the year!

  2. Ken Brand

    December 28, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Happy New Year Poppy!

    I’m down with all four of your resolutions.

    Wanna know why?

    Because your four focus on the most important DNA strands of all – the things only a human can do best – Personal Contact and Relationship Building by making other’s feel significant.

    Cheers to a BIG, FUN, JUICY 09′ and all the best for you.

  3. Chuck G

    December 28, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I am especially in tune with your “Keep Blogging” resolution. It’s time to dig deep and find something positive to talk about. Times like these cause bloggers to shift their course, or stop blogging altogether…and I’ve seen a number of blogs that are now on life support.

    Happy New Year, and thanks for the resolutions.

    (By the way, I am beginning to believe that “blog” and “exercise” cannot exist in the same paragraph.. I haven’t found a way to stay in shape while doing this..)

  4. Jonathan Kauffmann

    December 29, 2008 at 9:54 am

    I recently had some business partners recommend that I write a ‘manifesto’…which completely replaces the need for ongoing resolutions.

    It was a great exercise and I have it posted by my desk so that I look at it every day.

  5. Paula Henry

    December 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Since I read it to the end, I must have a comment, Right? Okay, so I do – I am in agreement with you, all of my resolutions have to do with business.

    There’s always another Monday and if not, then I probably left this life eating chocolate 🙂

    Business goals have been the crux of my existence for the last week, so my resolutions have to do with refining my budget, maintaining my contacts and getting out there meeting new people everyday.

    Maybe by the end of next year, I’ll have a manifesto written, that is something I could get into, a “do once” resolution!

    Happy New Year, Poppy!

  6. Debra Sinick

    December 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    My business goal for 2009:

    Say not to overpriced listings!

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