January 2018 Newsletter

Welcome once again to my newsletter. Happy new year! This month’s original content feature is about – what else – making resolutions!

As I usually remind you, my readers include clients (past or present), and other friendlies. You’re all journalism or marketing/communications types, so I’ve curated content here to be useful. If this newsletter doesn’t work for you, there’s a handy unsubscribe link at the end of this email.

Original content feature

Reflecting on Resolutions

Is it too late for a last post about new year’s resolutions? Possibly, but not for reflections on articles about resolutions.

Believe me, there have been many, and I should know. I’m a bit of a resolution junkie. Even the shameful number of resolution-related links in this newsletter is only a fraction of the articles I’ve filled up on since January 1st. I like resolutions so much that I tend to make them on my birthday (in June, nicely spaced at mid-year) and in September (when the start of a school year makes us feel renewal no matter our age).

Or rather, I tend to revisit my resolutions, and I think that’s the key. I like resolutions because I think of them as reminders, resetters, times to check in with ourselves to see if things are going right. I’ve read that a key to success in accomplishing goals is the resilience to reset quickly; for example, if you crash off your diet to get back on track tomorrow or Monday, rather than next month. Checking in more often allows us to pivot or think of new strategies when our approach hasn’t yielded the results we expected.

I’m particularly interested to see more articles about anti-resolution lists which of course are just resolutions in a different light: ending bad habits rather than trying to take on new challenges. I think this also emphasizes the benefits of letting go rather than continuing to pursue something that’s not working.

So I’ll keep making resolutions, or rather checking in and adjusting. And occasionally celebrating when one of my vows gets struck from the list entirely.

Three articles

Reflecting and visioning for end of year: neat list of questions for work
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/management/ten-questions-to-take-stock-of-your-work-and-career-going-into-2018/article37432184/

28 top business books to read in 2018 from Entrepreneur magazine
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/305643

An anti-resolution list: neat concept with some concrete suggestions
https://www.fastcompany.com/40505463/why-you-should-make-an-anti-resolution-list-and-what-to-put-on-it

Two hacks

Hack your work style – I like these insider articles into working styles
https://lifehacker.com/the-best-how-i-work-interviews-of-2017-1821633647

Hack 2018? Interesting predictions on where tech is going this year
https://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/18-tech-predictions-for-2018.html

And a video

Recently saw this via Twitter, top YouTube channels for writers
https://thewritelife.com/youtube-channels-for-writers/

What I’m reading

Holiday reading! Included the Longreads list from last month’s newsletter, this article on longform from those who write it well, and idle daydreaming about these writing retreats! Plus I finally renewed my library card and started experimenting with borrowing books digitally!

What I’m writing

Another post for my newest client Workopolis: https://careers.workopolis.com/advice/4-ways-make-job-fairs/ Otherwise most articles are still in that limbo state!

And now my familiar call – as you know, I write and edit everything from feature articles to web profiles to newsletter copy to news releases to annual reports. Visit my copywriting portfolio at www.codeword.ca or read my articles online at www.suzannebowness.com. Is your new year’s resolution to get some extra articles or profiles in the queue so you’re ahead of the game? I can help!

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Thanks,
Sue

Suzanne (Sue) Bowness
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