I have never been a great maker of resolutions … but like Helen Lindop I find it is a good time of year for ideas to bubble up. There are all sorts of prompts to help you too. I downloaded the ‘Create Your Incredible Life’ planner Helen recommended, and on recommendation from Heather Bestel have just signed up for the 30 day productivity challenge. I’ve put the life planner aside for the moment: having downloaded it, I realise it would be too much to do this plus another workbook I’m working on. However I’m optimistic that the 30 day productivity challenge is more up my street – you set goals for each month and work to achieve them.
So, what’s the difference between goals and resolutions? I think it can be easy to set BIG resolutions … or ones that are the same year after year, which you never quite achieve. Goals can be more concrete and specific. If you have some big aims, break them down into goals that you can make it possible to achieve.
So, here are some of my personal resolutions / goals for 2013. I’m writing them down here because I think sharing them will help me commit to them. Some are more achievable than others!
- Write more and better! A big and somewhat vague resolution, which I need to explore more. One specific thing is that I think I will write better without interruption, so a goal is to switch off emails and other online distractions when writing.
- To keep on exercising. I’ve done well working with a personal trainer over the last couple of years, making exercise more of a part of my weekly routine than ever before. I now need to take responsibility and exercise even when the trainer isn’t around!
- To keep on losing weight. That is a woolly resolution that can easily be broken down further to make it achievable – to continue to lose a pound a week for the next 3 months!
- To go to a writing class. This one is all booked and starts this week.
It is probably unrealistic to have more to work on at once … I’m noting down all my other ideas for later in the year, or maybe even next year!