Admit it.

Every year around this time we start writing down all the things we resolve to do by the end of the year.

Lose weight.

More money.

Learn a new thing.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having resolutions for the year. The key is making those resolutions manageable strategically.

Oh, you thought I was going to say “make them reasonable”?

It is absolutely reasonable to have goals that may seem unattainable to some. Your job is to figure out a way to make them happen.

Step 1 – write down one to two goals you have for each category of your life (you, family, friends, career, health, fun, other things important to you and the “just because”)

Step 2 – Now divide your year into quarters (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, etc) and write down what you can accomplish in each category for the first quarter. (Don’t map out the entire year! Things change and you need to be able to adapt).

Step 3 – For the first quarter, break each goal into the tasks needed to get there. Assign one task per month.

Step 4 – Each week work a little bit on the tasks. Can be once a week or 3-5 days a week. It’s up to you and you must allow yourself room to slack.

Step 5 – Tell someone else your plan so you can report out weekly and be held accountable.

An example would be the inevitable “resolve to exercise more”.

Quarter Goal: workout 30 min daily by the end of March, so maybe work out 5 x week by the end of February, therefore start by working out 3 x week by the end of January.
OR 10 minutes a day in Jan, 20 minutes a day in Feb, 30 minutes a day by March.

Break it down.

And forgive yourself for missed days.

And at the end of the quarter reassess. What you wanted to accomplish in January may have adjusted in April. Make the necessary changes for the next quarter and keep going.

Resolutions are supposed to make you feel good not guilty.

Give you a sense of purpose.

And it is for you.

Wishing everyone a safe new year with health and prosperity.

Published by tilimd

Healthcare exec who is a family doc, wife and mother with lots of opinions about what is happening locally, nationally & globally. Opinions my own.

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