Well – it is that time of year again when people as me what my resolutions are… have you had the same. The tedious conversation about what your resolutions are, and how you failed to complete any from last year.
I have set some for this year though – here are what I want to complete by the end of this year (please help me stick to them and meet my goals!)
- I would like to apply for a part time Masters and be accepted (I had to leave my phD due to being very poorly with undiagnosed MS and I have always been regretful). I am going to try and complete this application by February for a course in May.
- I would like to get involved more in the voluntary sector (for MS) and arrange more events in my local area to get MSers engaged with one another. I would like to increase my presence as an advocate (?)
- I would like to do yoga or ride my e-bike at least 2 times a week
- I would like to meet some of the people I have met through social media
Setting your own resolutions
These are all of my resolutions and I feel that they are completely achievable. One of the things that is important when you are setting goals is that they are SMART – else you just won’t achieve them and you’ll be demotivated. (I used to set these goals for my students in my class and now I set SMART goals for my team members…)
Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage, but simply because they have never organised their energies around a goal.
Yeah yeah, but what does smart mean?
Think about what you are trying to achieve, why you are trying to do it and how you will achieve it. You might also want to consider any obstacles that you need to overcome in order to complete your goal
Measurable, motivational and meaningful
How will you know if you have met the goal? Maybe break the resolution or goal down in to mini milestones – I would love to learn a language but this is a very broad goal. A mini milestone would be register for a course and complete the first unit.
Achievable / attainable
How will you meet the goal – is it really achievable for you? I would love to go to the Far East but I know that this is not something that suits my current abilities. The goal is meant to inspire motivation, not discouragement. Think about how to accomplish the goal and if you have the tools/skills needed.
Realistic and relevant to you (rewarding?)
I guess this is similar to achievable and attainable – pick something that you can actually do! Don’t have your resolution as that you are going to give up all biscuits, cake and crisps… this is sort of unrealistic as you’ll only be very demotivated if you fail. Maybe pick one or two… rather than giving things up, maybe choose to learn new things instead??
Anyone can set goals, but if it lacks realistic timing, chances are you’re not going to succeed. If the goal will take three months to complete – then it is a good idea to set some mini milestones for yourself. I have decided that I want to do more of my voluntary work – so I am going to have a group meet up organised by March…
Let me know how you get on…
So, there are my tips to writing new year resolutions, and any goal or target in general. Please let me know how you get on, and whether you write resolutions for yourself!!
Til next week guys!