Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How to Set More Attainable New Year’s Resolutions

We've reached the end of another great year. In just two days, 2015 will be in the history books and we'll move onto the next great year...



Every year, many of us take time to reflect and decide what we want for the next year. Often this is done through setting goals. Since January 1st feels like a clean slate, we can start on achieving all of our life's goals, whether it's this:



This:



Or this:



But as I learned in a workshop I once attended, the key to success at New Year's resolutions is to make them controllable, attainable goals. Instead of lose weight, for instance, you might say, "Eat 1,200 calories a day" or "Work out for 30 minutes a day, five days a week."



For us writers, "get published" can be broken down as, "Send out one query each month" or "Write two pages a day."



You could always buy one of those fancy Passion Planner thingies and make your goals all colorful:



Or check out this similar planner that has people going crazy. 



I think you have to be a bit artistic to do this sort of thing, though. I don't want to spend more time on my planner than I actually spend doing the things on it. All of the great tools in the world won't help if you don't work hard at making your goals happen.



What is your New Year's resolution?

75 comments:

  1. Those journals look like too much work.
    I don't make resolutions, I set goals, and often not at the beginning of the year.
    Happy New Year! See you Monday.

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    1. They are a lot of work...but I suppose for someone who is really artistic, it could be a fun way to stay motivated?

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  2. I've long ago given up on planning anything. Life is too big of a devil to trick it by making resolutions. Methinks that every time we make a plan Devil grins and snorts at us :) My only wish is to have work next year like I did this one. I don't even dare wishing for a bigger salary because I can already sense Devil smirking....

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    1. All we can control is the work we do, so that's a good wish!

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  3. Losing weight and getting into great shape is a very common resolution and it usually is the most unattainable one ! But we still make resolutions and these tips are good.
    Good post :)
    Happy New year !

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    1. i think the best resolution for that is "eat healthier" or "join a gym and go 5 times a week." "Lose weight" is too vague and too outside of our control. What we can control is what we eat and how much exercise we get.

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  4. I am not good at keeping to resolutions so I do not make them anymore. But I do need and have to control my weight!

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    1. Don't we all! I'm guessing there's a reason it's the most common resolution...it's something we all struggle with.

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  5. I tend to look at my birthday more as the start of a new year - that way I don't get too caught up in the whole January 1st thing. For the new year, though, I do still make plans and think how I'd like the year to go, what I want to focus on etc - I just don't get as crazy about it as I used to. :)

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    1. Good idea! I used to have my annual doctors' appointments around my birthday just to remind myself I'm lucky to be turning a year older, but I seem to have fallen off that schedule.

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  6. I stopped making new years resolutions, instead, I set myself some fun challenges which I know I'll stick at for the whole year as they're fun to do (as you can see on my blog). I love seeing such artistic planners like the one you show, I use a Filofax which I find really useful.

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    1. I didn't know they still made Filofax! I used to love the Franklin-Covey planners back in my office days.

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  7. I've stopped making New Year's resolutions but I still keep my eyes on my long list of goals that keeps getting longer throughout the year. I have a long list that is broken in many categories and I revise the list as needed. I have long term goals that takes time to accomplish and the short term goals. I love crossing them off the list. Some goals are personal and others are jobs that needs to be finished.

    My life is a journey and I'm trying to get there one day at a time.
    It's amazing to see how much gets accomplished when I look at all the crossed off projects that have been accomplished in the year.

    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. I think someone had a good point when they said instead of making to-do lists, we should list everything we accomplish every day. It's too easy to get caught up in what we didn't do and forget what we DID do!

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  8. I long ago gave up making resolutions I never kept. At the age of 78 I simply wish to live another fun year in good health. HAPPY !NEW YEAR TO ALL

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  9. I want to walk a lot more than I have been, and have already taken steps to do that (no pun intended-lol), but my real goal is to continue visiting other bloggers and websites, because it's been attainable and fun. If I go any deeper than that, I'm definitely doomed to fail. *heh* You give some great suggestions! Hugs...

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    1. My Fitbit definitely helps with the walking thing. I have a goal of 10,000 steps a day and I don't feel like my day is complete unless it starts buzzing and lighting up to tell me I accomplished it!

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  10. I don't make any New Year's Resolutions, because I try to do this on a daily basis. Happy 2016 to you and all your readers, Stephanie! :)

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  11. Good ideas. Have a great New Year!

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  12. There's some wisdom in this post. :) I don't always buy a personal planner, but I did this year. Now, I wish I had bought one of the crazy planners. Of course, you're right in thinking that making your planner look artsy would be time-consuming and take time away from the other goals you've set out to do.

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  13. I usually don't set goals, but I am going to live a stress free life. I have to stop putting any and everything before my own needs. I have been so stressed and depressed for 3 years and after talking to my doctors and siblings, I've decided It's time to take care of me.

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  14. My resolution is to do the 52 week money challenge but in reverse order. Instead of starting with small deposits, I start with week 52 ($52). Last year I made it until May before car problems had me use the money I had saved up.

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  15. I never bother with this stuff, I'll just forget about about it all :)

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  16. I don't set resolutions exactly, but I do take the time to think about changes I want to make in the next year and I set goals for myself. Like write for at least 7 hours a week (I know, sounds small, but I usually find the more realistic the more likely I am to stay with them and do more). I also plan to walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes or more, 5 days a week. Smaller goals help me to stay focused and on track. :) Good luck with the goals you set for yourself.

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  17. I don't do resolutions. I'm lazy and failure is my friend where resolutions are concerned. So I just don't do them. Eating healthy is an everyday thing. I don't always do that well, but it's something that I work on every single day. Health is another issue. Doing what's good health wise. When you're about to collect Medicare you start thinking healthy.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  18. I am laughing at the one cartoon about diet coke. My one cousin would drink diet coke but then eat cake and doubles on everything-she is over 350lbs, poor thing. The last new year resolution I made was to not make any New Year resolutions. I always ended up disappointed. I do want to get back to my hypoglycemic diet, Do my exercises that I can do and walk when I can. I want to make more cards and work ahead with Christmas so I can sit and watch Christmas movies with ease

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  19. So many resolutions. I almost need to pick just ONE thing to work on. Because it seems when I try to work on several different things at once, nothing gets done. I want to lose weight, get a book published, do better at blogging and improve in my foreign language studies. They are all important to me, but working on so many goals, one or more may have to fall by the way-side as I work on the ones that REALLY mater to me.
    Now to decide which are the most important to me.

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  20. Those planners are ridiculous! Lisa Frank should bitch slap Erin Condren!

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  21. Those memes are a hoot. Especially the writers block and is that cake. Good advice on setting reasonable goals.

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  22. Being specific and reasonable is definitely a good way to accomplish resolutions.

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  23. I don't do the resolution thing. I fail often enough already without setting myself up for more.

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  24. The planners are excellent tools. I've converted to apps now. I have one app called "Goodbudget" (awesome app) and another called "Listaway". I highly recommend these as I've now ditched my physical planner.

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  25. Apps are very useful nowadays but I keep one old fashioned planner.

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  26. At school they usually call this eating an elephant, and how you need to plan your bites strategically instead of cramming the whole thing in your mouth. A pretty weird analogy, don't you think? My resolutions are to be as productive and as happy as possible. Productive usually is geared towards writing, reading, blogging and video blogging too. But I will have to be focusing on schoolwork a lot too!

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  27. I really need to think of mine. I have so many edits on my plate right now though. It's hard to think of my writing goals at the moment.

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  28. I'm so busy with my to-do list and my agenda, I stopped making resolutions because I know that I get things done. I do make attainable goals, though. I already started using my new 2016 planner a few days ago since that's when the first week started.

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  29. The same as every year, not to make another one I won't keep.

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  30. "In just two years, 2015 will be in the history books..."???

    I don't do New Year's Resolutions. I hate the idea of only being able to start something new at the new year. (I started my "diet" in August.) I like the idea of setting goals whenever the mood strikes.

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  31. I'll go with lose 2 pounds, then 2 more, then 2 more! I've been trying to lose 5 pounds forever!

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  32. What a great post! It certainly had me laughing and reflecting on all the unattainable goals I set for myself each year; truly. I'm learning to give myself some grace in the difficult areas like weight loss and time management. Thanks again for the laughs! :D

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  33. Hello, I do not usually make New year's resolutions. I do have a goal to walk more each day.. Happy New Years to you and your family!

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  34. My goals for 2016 are definitely the first two: lose weight and get published. Well more like finish writing my novel(s) query agents, enter contests as well as getting published. I’ve mapped out 2016 with a writing plan/deadlines. I just have to break it down and set attainable micro goals that’ll help me stay on track. Happy New Year's!

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  35. Happy New Year, Stephanie . . . . I think I'll try the diet idea . . . lol

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  36. Thanks so much for visiting our blog. We like your ideas of resolutions and really don't have any big ones, just try to be a nicer person. So Happy New year to you and your family.

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  37. thanks so much for visiting our blog!!! I actually don't make "resolutions"...I prefer the word "intentions"...my biggie? To FINALLY quit smoking! Happy Happy New Year!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  38. Great suggestions about breaking things down in doable steps---a query a month instead of 'get published' sounds less intimidating, too.

    Happy New Year!

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  39. My New Year's resolution is to get my writing mojo back. It has basically vanished and I've been desperately searching for it for quite some time.

    Books By G.B. Miller

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  40. I made enough resolutions in my younger years to know that no matter how attainable they may be I'm not going to stick with them. I no longer make them. Instead I just go day to day with the intentions of trying to do good :)

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  41. Last year's goal was to learn to use my new camera and while I did make progress I did not get where I want to be so I'm doing that one over again. Happy New Year!

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  42. I am going to try to take a walk three days a week, and get up at 6:30 every morning! I work from home and don't start until 9 and I've been getting a little lazy with my wake up times! Happy New Year!

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  43. Two of those things you posted pictures for are definitely on my list of goals for next year! My goals are to get an agent/get published and lose weight/exercise more. Wait, I think those were my goals last year too! Darn. Well, this is a new year, right?! :)

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  44. Thanks for stopping by my blog, no resolutions, too ADD for that.

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  45. Wow that Journal does look like a lot of work.I dont usually set resolutions, more like mini goals I can work on all year long.

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  46. Wow that Journal does look like a lot of work.I dont usually set resolutions, more like mini goals I can work on all year long.

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  47. The last image cracked me up! That is me :-) I definitely need to eat healthier!
    I wish you a wonderful new year!

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  48. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Losing some weight would be fun... I won't deny it. My new year's resolution? Oh that's easy: CLICK!

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  49. I'm with you, Stephanie! I used to spend lots of time decorating my journals, and focusing on the journals. Now, I'd much rather focus on getting the jobs done :-)

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  50. Resolutions are easier to make than keep. Good ideas. This is one of the few years I have made a few, and they are more doable, smaller and more likely to happen.

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  51. My realistic resolution is to be healthier. I want to walk my dog more often, go to yoga on days I don't have work, and cook way more meals. My joking resolution is to finally try a taco from Jack in the Box :)

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  52. I prefer to continuously adapt my plans instead of setting New Year resolutions. Perhaps because I think of a resolution as a promise given when very happy. Instead I am currently focusing on plans requiring presence and thus building discipline. Most of my plans for 2016 had already started in 2015 and I am evolving accordingly adding and removing if necessary. Writing, health, learning to do things with love. Learning. Lots of learning. :D

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  53. Every year I think that I should be making some real goals...and I never do :) I had a good giggle at the people who spend more time on their planners than doing all the things--I have never understood that.

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  54. Happy first Saturday of the new year, Steph.

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  55. I don't really make New Year's resolutions because January 1st doesn't always work as a time to set a new goal. I make resolutions as I go along on the journey of life, adjusting and evaluating them as needed. Happy New Year!

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  56. I have goals, but life takes us in unexpected directions. I don't believe in setting goals once per year. Once per day, maybe, and definitely not once annually.

    Happy New Year, Stephanie. Hope it's a productive and rewarding one.

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  57. I've not made any resolutions, but I've set myself an intention (sankalpa) to be more considered in everything I do.

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  58. I believe in setting goals for the new year, it keeps me on track with what I want to do with my life. But I agree with your recommendations, they should be specific goals, that way it's easier.

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  59. I'm not a big goal setter, mainly because I tend to forget statements I just make once a year - statements like "lose weight". What motivates me is when I can't fit in my clothes comfortably or can't function with the clutter in the room.

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  60. Fantastic post. I don't really make "set" resolutions for the New Year. Like you said, it's better to make things more manageable than to have such a broad idea for the year like lose weight. I would really like exercise more, but instead of saying that, I'm hoping to find a class or some form of exercise that I actually LIKE to do and try and do it as often as I can during the week. right now I'm looking into dance classes closer to where I live.

    -Lauren

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  61. Seems like those journals would take an awful lot of time from simply writing - ha! No resolutions for me. Just a whole lot of determination to keep working toward goals already set. Oh, and get back to walking every day. I really miss that. One more hectic month to go and things should smooth out nicely:-)

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  62. Hope you had great holidays! Happy New Year!

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  63. I've never really been one for resolutions - the few times I've made one, I've forgotten about it by the end of the month. This year, all I've resolved to do is Keep Going. I feel like I'm actually making some progress as a writer and in all that goes with it, so I just need to make sure I keep at it. ^_^

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  64. I don't really do resolutions but I am working on learning French.

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  65. Lovely post and I loved the pics
    Have a great year
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