Techniques for a Wiser Life

5 Minute New Year Solutions

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New Year’s resolutions last about 5 minutes, right? That’s why they’re REsolutions—we REpeat them until we finally give up.

Don’t make 2018 frustrating. Instead, make it a great year with these 5-minute and under solutions.

Own Your Day in 5 Minutes

At the beginning of each day (before emails, news or social media), take 5 minutes to set the day’s priorities.

Establish a homecoming ritual to unwind after work: Sit down with a pet, kid, mate, friend, cup of tea or Bible and enjoy the moment before beginning the next part of your day.

At the end of each day, write one thing you’re glad you did. Put it on a calendar or in a journal, so you can appreciate it all over again next December 31.

Take 5

Before correcting or contradicting someone, or refrain completely in situations that aren’t life-altering.

Before sending an email, posting or speaking in a tense situation.

Before getting a snack.

To walk or stretch every 50 minutes.

To grab a glass of water and lotion your skin.

To look at clouds and talk to God.

To call a friend.

To visualize yourself at the completion of a current goal – see it, hear it, feel it, smell it, taste it!

Pay 5

Compliments each week (or day) on actions or attitudes you notice. Catch people being honorable, talented, compassionate, or diligent.


May this year find you wiser and more resilient than any year before. To ensure that, spend time every day with the One who knows you and sees the road ahead. My book and journal, Wisdom – Better than Wishing, can help you. If you’d like to host a small group study, I’d be happy to provide a free Leader’s Guide and videos with each set of 7 books and journals.


7 Responses

  • […] Year’s Resolutions last about 5 minutes. Try these 5 minute solutions […]

  • Jan 3, 2018

    Good job of putting this into a neat, specific, easy to do, life-changing way. I’m going to try it!!

    Joy Jan 3, 2018
    • kbridges
      Jan 22, 2018

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Sorry it took me so long to respond!

      kbridges Jan 22, 2018
  • Michael
    Jan 4, 2018

    Great article!

    Michael Jan 4, 2018
    • kbridges
      Jan 22, 2018


      kbridges Jan 22, 2018
  • Lloydsot
    Jan 13, 2018

    Thank you for the blog, it truly is filled with so much helpful information. Reading this helped me a lot.

    Lloydsot Jan 13, 2018
    • kbridges
      Jan 22, 2018

      That’s great to hear. Happy New Year Lloyd!

      kbridges Jan 22, 2018

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