Monday, January 4, 2010

Top 10: New Year's Resolutions All Men Should Make 6-10

No.10 - Build a shelf

We know that not everyone is a skilled handyman, but learning some basic DIY has all sorts of advantages. Firstly, it saves time and money if you can fix something yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment when you finish a project, and it is also a pretty impressive skill to have.

So this year, make sure you put energy into learning how to do something practical. Whether it is turning a plank of wood into a shelf or rewiring your entire house (which we wouldn’t suggest as a first project), a manual project is certainly a resolution all men should make.

No.9 - Read a big book

How many great books have we all heard of, but never actually read -- and perhaps even lied about reading? This year, make a point of knocking at least one title off that list. There are so many big reads to choose from, from classics like War and Peace to contemporary titles like The Kindly Ones, that you are bound to find something that will appeal to you. Not only will it make you more erudite, as you discover why that novel is held in such high regard (and possibly improve your vocabulary) but it may just kick-start a new enthusiasm for reading.

No.8 - Make an appointment for a checkup

It is a frequently repeated statement that men are singularly bad at visiting their doctor. By and large, men prefer to say nothing and hope that a problem goes away rather than be seen as a hypochondriac or a wuss. But we say this year is the time to change that. Make an appointment for that checkup, even if it is just to confirm that everything’s working the way it should be. The importance of your health cannot be overstated; take one small step to help yourself.

No.7 - Go to a career conference

There are very few men out there who are entirely satisfied with the position they are in career-wise, and the rest of us don’t necessarily know how to progress. This is where our next resolution comes in. Visiting a career conference will give you all sorts of great advice on career progression. It will help to galvanize you if you have found your motivation flagging, and is a great opportunity for networking. It will dig you out of the rut you find yourself stuck in, and may be just what you need to finally start getting the recognition you deserve at work.

No.6 - Devote more time to your hobbies

While our previous point emphasized the importance of working on your career, we also recognize the importance of having good quality downtime as well. It is all too easy to come home after a hard day at the office, sit on the couch and watch TV. Remember when you used to have hobbies? Start devoting time to rediscovering those activities. It is a more fulfilling way to spend your time than doing nothing, and may also allow you to meet some new people. Whether it’s a sport, a musical instrument or some incredibly obscure activity, make time for it again.

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