Adventures in Nursing Blog



It’s April. Have you seen your New Year’s resolution?

We all do it. We make these big sweeping resolutions on January 1 and think that magically somehow we are going to change our lives to accommodate them. You read that right. Accommodate them. New Year’s resolutions fail because at the core they look to change how we operate every day in order to achieve a goal. That is where we go wrong. People are creatures of habit, and if you are anything like me, I hate it when my routines/habits are interrupted. Trying to introduce something new into our already busy lives is sure to fail.

Is there a secret as to how to make your New Year’s resolution work? Honestly no, it isn’t a secret at all…for me it was just modification. My New Year’s resolution was to listen to more podcasts. I like to learn, and one of the ways to do that is reading. I enjoy reading, but I’ve found that I simply don’t have as much time as I want to devote to it. Thus I found podcasts. They are a great way to learn, plus they are super entertaining. Instead of listening to the radio to and from the office every day, I’ve changed to podcasts. I didn’t add anything new to my life, I just replaced my normal Sirius XM channel selections (Pearl Jam Radio, Lithium, CNBC, Business Radio, Barstool Sports) with a podcast (The GaryVee Audio Experience, Fyight For It, Masters of Scale, WTF with Marc Maron, etc).

Don’t add to, just replace. After a few days, it was easy. I prefer it now actually. I can choose what I want to listen, and when I want to listen to it. I’m an Apple user, and the native Podcast app is super easy to navigate. Podcasting is a whole new world, and I didn’t know it existed until I jumped in. It’s been easy follow through on my New Year’s resolution now that I’ve figured this part out.

So, let’s check back in six months and see how this experiment is going.