by REBECCA TUDOR on JANUARY 6, 2014

Let’s be honest, New Year’s resolutions are a joke.  Research has shown that 4 out of 5 people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them.  Actually, most people don’t even make it to February.

So how in the world do we making lasting change in our lives? By doing it differently than what conventional wisdom tells you (imagine that.)

If you really want to you make 2014 different from all the years past, then focus not on changing 4 or 5 things. Instead, just focus on ONE THING.

This one thing can be anything you need to improve in your life- exercising more frequently, eliminating sugar from your diet, reading a non-fiction book a month or even committing to a technology free day in your house.

Personally, one of my biggest struggles is disconnecting from the iPad and Internet when I get home from work.  Given the hours that I keep, I end up with only about a 3-hour window every evening to be completely focused on Jeff and the kids.  Often times though I end up with my head buried in my iPad- looking up just one more thing or scrolling through the Facebook feed yet again.

When I sit back and think about it- creating memories of me having my eyes focused on my iPad is not what I want to be doing.  I certainly do not want to give anyone in my life the impression that whatever I am looking at on my iPad is more important than they are.

We are going on a family vacation between Christmas and New Year’s so I plan to start this on January 3, 2014.   I am committing to staying off of all technology from the time I get home until 8:30 every evening.  This will likely mean I will have to lock my iPhone and iPad in my truck so I don’t accidentally sneak a peek.

I will report back on Feb 3 and let you know how it went.  This will be a big challenge for me.   I know that committing to it publicly makes it a lot more likely to happen and to continue well beyond the 30 days!