Let's look at common New Year's resolutions:
- Lose weight/exercise more/eat healthier
- Quit smoking
- Spend more time with family/friends
- Save money/get out of debt
- Learn something new
These are also the New Year's resolutions that people usually forget about within 6 weeks of the start of the new year. So, what can you do to help you get on track and stay on track with self-improvement?
2. Along with specifying quantity, make a plan that involves micro-actions (term borrowed from Tammy). On a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, how will you be working towards accomplishing the Big goal? Consider forgetting the resolutions altogether and make a list of tasks rather than Big Goals. For example, "Bring my lunch to work every day" is a smaller task that you can focus on more easily than the Big Goal. Even better: "Learn to make fun Bento boxes to take to work," is a great micro-action that gets your mind off the Big Goal while still working towards it.
3. Make sure your resolutions are goals you really want. Duh. It might be that what you want is to look in the mirror and be happy with the person you see. That doesn't necessarily mean that you need or want to lose weight. Get it?