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New Years Resolutions Are Stupid, How To Reach Your Goals in the New Year

Day 2: Resolutions Suck! Goals for 2011

You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating; New Years resolutions are stupid, and goals, action plans are better.

Why?

Here’s what happens – Jan 1 rolls around; everyone throws confetti in the air with a joyous cry of “HAPPY NEW YEAR!” and perhaps a raucous rendition of “Auld Lyne Syne”. Resolutions are chucked around, lobbed like curveballs past the plate…

Then Jan 2 rolls around, and we can conveniently “break” or “Forget” our resolutions, and everything goes back to normal. The way it used to be. Nothing changes.

I don’t do it, and neither should you!

Sure, at this time of year, we all look back to how 2010 went for us. For me, it was a year full of surprises, health related problems, and a few revelations.

Resolutions should be a goal. Something you want to achieve. The problem is that people look at it like an instantaneous thing. For instance – “I’m gonna hit the gym and lose 20 lbs!”

Instead of absently bullshitting myself with all those things I am instantly going to change, I make goals instead. After, I make an action plan on how I’m going to achieve those goals.

Here’s how:

Grab a paper and pen, and join me by listing the three things that you want to change by the end of next year. Make sure you leave plenty of space in-between each item. (You see why later.) I’ll give you my examples:

My Goals 2011

I want to spend more quality time with my family, and build up the relationships improve that I am missing.
I want to improve my health and eating overall and manage my diabetes better

I want to grow my blog into a community where people can go for real food

I want to be a decent photographer with my New Rebel T2I

I want to grow my own food.

Okay, that was a quick list there.

People like to stop there, and that is where resolutions fall short. It’s a great start to list off what you are going to do. Now let’s develop an action plan.

No, I am not going all corporate on you there. What I mean is under each space you left for the item; list at least 2 things that you are going to do daily, weekly to further that goal.

My Goals + Action Plan 2011

I want to spend more quality time with my family, and build up the relationships improve that I am missing.

Weekly – Have 1 day where I play with my son. That means tobogganing, painting, whatever. Mommy can be included if need be, but the emphasis is time with the family.
Weekly – Phone or email someone that I have not talked to in a long while to catch up.

I want to improve my health and eating overall and manage my diabetes better

Weekly – Continue to run/walk at work, but also incorporate ½ hour exercise with weights/body weight 3 times a week. When I get stronger change to dumbbells. A great resource is Scoobysworkshop.com
Daily – Read and research about Paleo/Primal eating lifestyle. Stop “grazing” so much at work and just “taste” items instead.

I want to grow my blog into a community where people can go for real food

Daily: Write blog posts daily, at least 1 hour worth of writing per day.
Weekly: 2 recipes, 1 health related, 1 ask the chef, 1 Kitchen 101 post per week, and 1 review per week.

I want to be a decent photographer with my New Rebel T2I

Daily: Spend 1 hour taking pictures with my camera, and reading up about how to take better pictures. Practice! Practice!
Daily: Upload Pictures to daily 365 project. Look for critique from digitalphotographyschool.com

I want to grow my own food.

Daily: Read up on gardening from various blogs.
Weekly: Plan what I am going to grow this year.
Daily: (spring, summer, fall) actively garden.

There you have it. No resolutions, but I showed you how to make your goals for 2011, and then how to plan for an action plan on realizing those goals. By breaking your goals into smaller chunks that is easier to do (like daily or weekly) you are better able to reach those goals.

What are your goals for the New Year? What is your action plan? I would love to hear about it in the comments section!

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  • http://thisiscaleb.wordpress.com Lorraine

    I like it – plans of action! The likelihood of achieving your goals is thereby exponentially increased!

  • http://welldonechef.com Jason Sandeman

    @Lorraine – Thank you! I don’t hold a candle to Caleb though! What a miracle! I just read his written note to Dr Banting, and nearly sobbed when I read the line “if you didn’t, I would be with you in heaven already!” OMG! What a kid!