A few weeks ago, I asked how you come up with your resolutions, if you use them at all.
Today’s topic is to make a list of possible resolutions you might consider for next year.
I wrote a post years ago based on research into successful resolutions which can help you think differently about how to approach this task. Here’s some advice I learned:
- Pick one resolution, or one more than you completed last year. Your odds of staying focused improve.
- Look at last years list and evaluate where you failed. Too ambitious? Where did you give up? Use this self-knowledge to inform this year’s resolutions.
- Break any resolution into monthly goals so you have short term focus.
- Find a friend who can sign up to the same goal. We are social creatures, and our goals should be social.
- Write down the resolution and sign it. Writing has power.
- Put your written resolution somewhere useful (e.g. in front of the fridge)
- Have a daily positive task – mark off a day on a calendar every day you’ve met your resolution. You get a positive visual reminder you’re on your way.
- Divide further: simply make a resolution for January, and re-evaluate on Feb 1st.
As I said before, my big resolution is to get into my manuscript once more. It is something I have been hoping to do for months, or even years, really – but I have avoided the endeavor to the point that is has almost become a phobia.
I think that these suggestions all sound quite helpful, and I plan to put them to use in the weeks to come. Except I don’t know anyone else who is working on a book, so I don’t know about the buddy-system bit. But setting goals and dividing the year into more manageable portions will be a fun way to get started.
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