It’s practically impossible to begin the New Year without thinking about some resolutions. While setting goals for the new year is pretty common for most of us, so are the results—we may consider them worthy endeavors, but they’re too hard to keep. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider these grand resolutions, and look at them more as pledges or promises to make a change—after all, it’s harder to break a promise, right? Also worth noting is how your New Year resolutions can positively affect you, your family, your company, and your disaster recovery planning—if you’re up to the task! As you balance your home and work promises for 2019, here are some suggestions for pledges you can set:
- Lower your stress level by taking a walk around the neighborhood.
- Cut down on your family’s screen time and play a board game together.
- Decrease your company’s risk by reviewing your Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) plan for gaps and implementing your plan to plug those holes.
- Take advantage of your company’s gym, or the gym you’re already paying for each month—just remember to set realistic exercise expectations and goals.
- Get the family moving together—go bowling, ice skating, biking, or take long walks.
- If you haven’t already done so, schedule your next disaster recovery exercise with Mail-Gard’s business continuity services. Your DR plan needs regular exercise too!
Learn Something New
- Sign up for a class at a night school program or online.
- Take the family to a working farm to see where our food comes from.
- Work on cross-training for your position or someone else’s to support the company’s BC/DR key personnel succession plan.
- Escape to another land by reading a good book.
- Take your kids or grandkids to a national park to discover the beauty of our country.
- Participate in a peer group or a BC/DR conference, such as DRJ Spring 2019—we will be there in Orlando March 24-27.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen or a local shelter.
- Get involved with your local youth sports teams.
- Visit a senior center with your family and spend time with your elders.
- Give to worthy organizations and causes such as the Red Cross—disaster recovery isn’t just about keeping your company solvent, but helping others in distress.
Here’s to a promising New Year, and be sure to drop me a line if you need help with your resolutions, pledges, and promises—especially as they relate to disaster recovery planning.
Happy New Year from all of us at Mail-Gard!
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