I used to love writing New Year’s resolutions – still do (I love the excitement of a new year). I’d get out a clean, unwrinkled piece of paper and my favorite felt tip pens and go to town. Those pages were works of art but the resolutions never stuck. They were grand. And completely unattainable. Thankfully, since then, I’ve learned a little bit about goals and resolutions. Now I try to write SMART goals and resolutions:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable
R – Realistic
T – Timed
So, this year instead of saying, “I’ll publish my first book!” I’ll break it down. What needs to be done before I can do that? How long, realistically, is it going to take me to get all of those things done? What has to be done first, second, third? It’s a long process, but it’s also a great time to look at what I accomplished in 2011 and what I could have improved on.
Do you write New Year’s resolutions? What do you want to work on in 2012? And what did you accomplish in 2011?
Happy New Year! I’m off to dig out my felt tips. :0)