I’m going to stretch more. I want to bend and twist my body so I become more nimble. My toes could use some touching, my neck will be a better swivel for my head and I will look more limber, more cool, as I stroll down Carson Street.

I also plan to get smarter with my smartphone. It will be more than a device for sending and receiving calls. It will take precious photos I will send to family members and it will store all the information I currently keep on scraps of paper. When my phone makes noises at me, I will no longer be afraid. iTunes, the app store, games, weather reports and maps all will be familiar territory.

Both of these changes in my life feel important, but I’ve been stuck trying to figure out which one to tackle first. For example, I can work to raise my consciousness about the benefits of daily stretching, but I can also practice consciousness-raising with my smartphone and its many manuals and user guides. Is it really helpful for me to bounce back and forth, trying to change two different things in my life?

It turns out, yes.

I’m learning there are benefits to taking on multiple issues at once. Research shows that people can effectively work to change many things in their lives at the same time. In fact, taking action in one area can make other efforts even more successful.

Invigorated, I picked up my smartphone yesterday from where it had been serving as a paperweight on my desk. As I waited for it to warm up, I did a couple back bends. It was a good thing my phone was nearby, because I quickly had to search the Internet to define the new pain throbbing in my lumbar region.

I ended up downloading an app that simply (and safely) leads me through a daily stretching routine. I’ve raised my consciousness on both ends at once.

Change efforts are ubiquitous, and the more changes I commit to, the more successful my efforts will be. My mind is now bursting with dozens of change ideas, but that could be due to the stretching exercises rushing blood to my head.