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New Years Resolutions Vs. Yearly Goals

Do you make New Years Resolutions each year? I know that many people have given up on New Years Resolutions because they claim they are useless and in a way they are. The problem with New Years Resolutions is that often they are not thought out.

However, New Years Resolutions can be very effective if they are looked at as goals. In order to ensure you reach a goal, you must devise a plan of action, you must set deadlines, determine steps that must be taken and then put that plan into action.

Every year I set yearly goals, I also devise a plan to reach those goals, determine steps that must be taken and set deadlines for each step and for reaching the final goal. I also break these goals up by month and make sure that on each of my monthly goals lists, that there are steps that will help me to reach my yearly goals.

These I record in my Home Management Notebook and I refer to these goals when I am writing both my weekly and daily to do lists.

If you have made New Years Resolutions in the past and are frustrated about not reaching them, I challenge you to try this year to make the change of writing yearly goals instead. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the end results!

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darlingyumi wrote on January 4, 2015, 11:52 PM

This is very nicely written. I must agree that it's better to view a New Year's Resolution as a goal you would want to achieve. It would attract positive vibes from ourselves that we can do it!

Feisty56 wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

I agree with you -- the key to keeping a resolution or reaching a goal is first developing a plan to get where you want to go. Vague ideas such as "lose weight," "write more" or "speed less" don't mean much of anything because they are not measurable. How will you know when you've made progress if you don't know are where you start and where you hope to be in X amount of time? Yes, I think your method has much merit.

momathome wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:09 AM

Feisty56 That is something I always wonder when someone tells me their goal is to loose weight (how much, by when, how are you planning to do it?), for me thinking of it in concrete terms is second nature and with resolutions they are typically too abstract for anyone to ever accomplish.

Feisty56 wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:12 AM

Exactly! Not only that, but when I find something important enough that a change is necessary or a new goal, I tackle it then and there. There is nothing magical about putting out these ideas on the first of the year.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:32 AM

One thing that stuck with me from a class I took in college was the difference between a goal and an objective. A goal is the end result of what you wish to accomplish. Objectives are the small steps that you need to accomplish to reach that goal.

momathome wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:48 AM

Very well put! OldRoadsOnceTraveled Without determining and writing down those objectives (as well as reaching them) you will never be able to reach the goal.

OnlyErin6 wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:58 AM

I don't make many goals anymore... I just float along lazily trying not to go out of my way very much unless something is super important. I'm terrible, really.

LadyDuck wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:24 AM

Some years ago I decided that I have reached an age where goals and resolutions were no more necessary. I need a more relaxed life.

Kat- wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:04 AM

I don't really do New Year's Resolutions anymore. While I haven't made an resolutions I have promised myself that I will exercise more. We have a treadmill and I want to get back to walking to help get back in shape and lose a little weight, so I decided that I will start with walking on the treadmill at least 3 times a week for at least a mile each time I use it and work up from there.

BeadDoodler wrote on January 5, 2015, 7:13 AM

That's a very good idea. I've tried setting goals, too but it seems that something always comes along to throw a monkey wrench in that too. I really need to get myself back on track though.

BarbRad wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:09 PM

I',m afraid by the time I got all that planned and written down, I wouldn't have time to execute the plans.

LilyDay wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:47 PM

I don't make New Year's resolutions. I set goals throughout the year for things I wish to accomplish.

Gina145 wrote on January 5, 2015, 6:45 PM

I really should do this, but I'm not that good at following through on my goals either. Time to change all that, I guess.

acrogodess914 wrote on January 5, 2015, 9:03 PM

I am concerned right now with three goals for 2015 : getting this move over and done with. I want to be all settled by mid-April.
Increasing my work from home income.
Maintaining our budget for the year.

BodieMor wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:55 AM

Guess it's not too late to try this. I was never much one for resolutions or goal-setting, though my husband is, and it works very well for him.