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It’s just about that time of year where we all make commitments that we can’t keep. I’m not talking about charities and year end fundraising (…burn…) but New Year’s resolutions and what you can do better in 2013.

Friend of re: charity Joel Bentley has a great post titled “10 Things You Can Do Better in 2013″ on the Peer Giving Ideas blog. The suggestions range from the practical (use more visuals) to the essential (prove impact) to the harsh (stop being so cheap). Whether you choose one of these, two of these or none of these as things you want to do better in 2013 the main this is you choose SOMETHING to do better in the coming year.

Here’s 5 things I’m personally going to try and do better in 2013:

  1. Listening. I like to talk, argue and share but my talking, arguments and sharing mean more when they come from a place of listening. I’ve been getting better but still have a long ways to go. Speaking of, if you are interested in seeing more blog posts on certain topics, tweet me up!
  2. Writing. I started re: charity as a way to process ideas and thoughts as well as vent about issues. I’ve really enjoyed it (hope you have as well) but want to make a more concerted effort in honing my writing skills and that comes with practice. So get ready for more consistent (not necessarily more) and hopefully better blog posts.
  3. Positivity. I’m a pessimistic-perfectionist which can mean I’m not always the most positive. The more I read about leadership, building movements and just being a good person, having the ability to be constructive, have high standards and even demanding are balanced out by a positive approach to work, people and life. Something I want to do more of in 2013.
  4. Product. Being around more product developers, builders and entrepreneurs has been a great experience and something I’m even more keen to learn about and (hopefully) even try. There is something so pure about building and shipping a product (even a web one) that appeals to me so look for some kind of product with my hand on it in 2013.
  5. Reading. Leaders read and readers lead gets said all the time and reading blogs is great (and easy) but chewing on books is something I didn’t do a good enough job at in 2012. Getting all the way through Winning the Story Wars and starting Made to Stick and Great by Choice is on the docket. Hope to finally finish off remnants like Lean Startup, Steal Like An Artist and How We Decide too.

What are you going to do better in 2013? What is your organization going to do better in 2013?

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