Do you make New Years Resolutions? Or do you set goals?
I gave up setting resolutions a couple of years ago when I finally realised that every year I was resolving to do the same things – year after year after year. Eat healthier. Exercise Regularly. Get up early. Do more housework. Don’t go on Facebook so much. Write my book. Keep In-Box unread mail under 100.
And each year I failed spectacularly.
I used to spend a lot of time thinking about what my new years resolutions would be and how I’d achieve them. Yet at the end of every year I’d find myself looking back at a year I’d done so much, yet I still hadn’t cracked the things that, in theory, I wanted most.
So a few years ago I changed things up. I stopped making vague resolutions about things that obviously didn’t really matter and started setting goals instead. SMART goals – with a target date and everything. I decided to ‘let go’ of the things that didn’t matter in the big scheme of things, like housework and unread emails. My house is usually clean, if it’s messy and lived in who cares, really? I do eat pretty healthy and it’s easier to do if I don’t obsess about it. Same for exercise. Yes, it’s intermittent. But that’s OK.
I admit I often get comments from friends who see my phone home screen with it’s little bubble saying there are 5762 unread emails. And one day I’ll get around to unsubscribing from all those blogs I never read. I tend to read the email subject and just dive into the ones that appeal. And I know you shouldn’t use your email as your filing system but it works for me. For now anyway.
The things that matter, like writing my book, I actually got done once I set it as a goal not a vague resolution. And I’ve finally admitted that I love FaceBook and stopped stressing about being on there so much.
As for getting up early, I’ve been hearing about the Miracle Morning for a while now and have decided to give it a try. Will let you know how that goes.
What about you? Have you made any new years resolutions? What are they, and how do you intend to keep them? Please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
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