I have been a little opposed to writing a New Year post, but in the end felt I had to at least acknowledge it. I’m not big on the New Year’s resolution idea or believe that the change of year should be associated with a change in a person. It doesn’t help either that the majority of people that make resolutions do not keep them anyway. So I conclude that there is not much use for this. I do however, set aside some time to list the goals that I would like to achieve and what tasks need to be accomplished.
I’ve read many articles and tips on the best way to go about these, here are the ones I remember (and maybe revised to apply to me) and try to follow:
- Write down your goals and put it somewhere visible. Seeing it will keep it in your mind and then you are more likely to accomplish it.
- Set clear goals. Don’t use general broad language like I will write this year or I will get in shape. Identify a number of hours a week you want to either workout or write.
- Don’t go overboard. You’re more likely to accomplish your goals if you keep them realistic, if your a writer you’re not going to write and publish a book in a year. And no matter how badly you want to get into shape, it’s not likely you will work out everyday.
- Go back and reassess your goals later in the year. Maybe you overestimated how much you could get done, or maybe you’ve already accomplished your goal. Then revise it and set a new goal for the year or keep it in mind for next years goals.
- Don’t get discouraged. You may not accomplish your goals, but you’ve started on your way to it just by writing them down and hopefully working towards it at least a little.
It gets easier to do this year after year. First of all it becomes habit and second after a while you can better estimate what it is you can get done. If you don’t accomplish a goal, you can look back and see if maybe it was a little too ambitious or maybe you just didn’t work as hard as you could. Now you know how to improve your chances the next year.