I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions in a few years. It’s not because I don’t believe in them or forget them by mid-year. In fact, I’m actually pretty good at keeping my resolutions.
Some years, I set ONE BIG GOAL. Experts say that having too many resolutions is a set-up for failure.
Most years, I set multiple goals and categorize these (money, health, work, etc…) When I have many resolutions, I have to do one or two things:
- Make sure my goal is not too vague. (i.e. instead of saying I will work out, say I will go to the kickboxing class every Tuesday and Thursday).
- Write down specific actions to achieve goals. By this, I mean if I resolve to eat vegetarian on Mondays, I also need to include actions that may help me achieve this, such as download 10 delicious-sounding veggie recipes.
Since this is a money-blog, I’ll focus on my financial and career-related resolutions.
- Get my house in order with a will/special needs trust, life insurance, etc.. My husband and I have been saying this for years! The first step is scheduling a meeting with a lawyer.
- Look into passive/side income. Research the rental market, perhaps increase funds in my peer-to-peer lending account.
- Focus at work. I’ve been making too many mistakes at work and I need to get back to basics — focus on the project at hand, single task, read the fine print, etc.. — in order to get a good evaluation and rebuild my career capital. I came up 3 concrete actions to achieve this goal.
- Have only 2 tabs open on my computer at one time so that I’m not clicking between 5+ different websites.
- Read career-related books or articles during down time.
- Print out important information so that I really read it instead of scanning, as I tend to do with content on screen.
- Limit blog reading time. I will read Grumpy Rumblings in the morning and that’s it. Note: I’m already breaking this resolution but it’s a slow day…
My other resolutions are mainly about nurturing self and relationships with loved ones.
Do you make New Year resolutions? Are you good at keeping them?