There are two types of people in this world – those that feel inspired to change in January and those that think resolutions are totally useless; you can find me somewhere in the middle. Not because I don’t believe in resolutions (I am a huge advocate for goal setting), but I think that we should re-evaluate how we prepare New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making a list of 10 resolutions you want to accomplish in a year, try this instead: Set up 1-2 goals every three months with a tangible outline. It truly is that simple. People tend to make a ton of resolutions at once and then feel immensely disappointed when they quickly fail (80% of people fail by February according to Business Insider).
This is what I do instead:
- I split my goals into different categories (health, financial, career, and personal development) and I list 3 top goals for each. I use a downloadable printable so that I can visually see my goals (this year I used Marianna’s Hewitt’s sheet) and place an iPhone reminder for bi-weekly check-ins.
- I choose 2-3 goals from either the same or different category and I create a tangible plan for each. For example, if you want to read a book and save money, put an alert in your phone to read 2 chapters 1x a week. To save money, transfer 20% of your paycheck immediately into your savings account (or however much you can). In one month, you’ve read eight chapters and put money in your savings. These small, weekly habits lead to big results.
- I don’t try to do two big goals at once. Be realistic with what you can accomplish in this period of time. If you try to do it all, you might end up doing nothing.
You’ve made your goals tangible, visual, and you’ve set up quarterly check-ins. Yay! Now ask yourself these 5 vital questions for success: