Resolutions: A New Approach

calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsI’ve been blogging for about 10 years now. Yeah, I know. I am so freakin old. And if you’ve followed me for all that time then you’ve probably read 10 posts on New Years resolutions. I’ve given advice. I’ve tried gimmicks. I’ve abandoned all hope. And everything in between. But this year I tried something new – and it’s really working well. So I wanted to share.

What’s the biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions? They are usually too vague and too hard to accomplish. I want to lose weight. I want to like my job more. I want a hotter girlfriend.

In the past I gave good advice for that. You have to make your resolutions S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, timely). Instead of saying you want to lose weight, try making a goal that you will lose X pounds in Y weeks. Then it’s easier to make a plan on how to get there.

You know what the second biggest problem with New Year’s resolutions is? They take too long and you get bored. It’s fine to say that you’ll lose 12 pounds in 10 weeks – but you’ll likely get bored after week 4 and fall off the wagon. People of my generation have short attention spans. We don’t do “long-term”. So this year I tried something new.

My resolution this year was to have 1 goal each week.

Every week I say that I am going to accomplish X in the next 7 days. And so far it has worked out really well. You can even re-use goals – just not two weeks in a row.

Here are some examples of my goals so far:

  • Workout 4 days this week
  • Do not eat-out for any meals this week
  • Do not shop online this week
  • Be in bed by 10pm every night this week

You get the idea. If I tried to accomplish any of these for a long period of time then I would eventually fail. But working hard at a goal for one week is pretty easy.

So that’s it. It’s a short post. Give it a try, and post your results in the comments.

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