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Bauer Business Focus

New Year’s Resolutions Vs. Setting Goals

Guest: Professor Vanessa Patrick



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Is the New Year's resolution you set a few weeks ago already a distant memory? Vanessa Patrick, with the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, says that setting personal policies is a better way for you to achieve your personal and professional goals ― no matter the time of year.

"Research shows that instead of setting resolutions, you are better off adopting a set of personal policies," she said. "Personal policies are simple rules you set for yourself that are grounded in your own values and priorities. They work because they stem from your identity and empower you to achieve personal and professional success."

Professor Patrick advises "For better work-life balance, consider personal policies like switching your phone off during dinner, leaving work at a specific time, or making self-care a weekend priority.”

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