Are you going to make a New Year’s Resolution for 2011 (or maybe Resolutions)? I made my first ever New Year’s Resolution in 2010, and it worked out to my benefit big time.
So here it is, year-end 2010, and I’ve been back to the drawing board hemming and hawing about how to approach this “making a resolution” concept for 2011. After much thought, I have finalized “My New Year’s Resolution for 2011.” I invite you to take a look at what I’m resolving to accomplish in 2011, and how for me it will revolve around short-term goals.
A bit of background information
Before I proceed, here is a bit of background information in case you are new to my goal-setting aspirations.
My 2010 goals were monthly goals aimed at making lifestyle changes. Setting and reaching those goals helped me tremendously. So why would I consider changing my resolution for 2011? Simply because I believe change is good for people and I ascribe to purposely making changes in my own life.
My New Year’s Resolution for 2011
This resolution is different on a basic level from my 2010 resolution. Instead of making lifestyle changes in 2011, I’m going to focus on meeting short-term, measurable goals. These goals will be in two separate classifications.
“I resolve to accomplish short-term, measurable goals throughout the year, with two goals being worked on at a time. One goal will be for my work, and the other goal will be for something I want to accomplish from all other aspects of my life, i.e. relationships, health, financial, etc.
“To accomplish this goal I will establish two lists of short-term measurable goals that I want to accomplish; one list will be work goals, and the other list will be goals of a various nature. I will add to these lists as new goals become desirable for me.
“I will choose one goal from each of the two lists to work on concurrently, and when a goal is completed, I will immediately choose a new goal from that list to replace it.
“I will not establish time lines, but will instead progress through the lists of goals as each goal is accomplished in its due time.”
What I have chosen for my first two short-term goals
List one, for work: My first short-term work goal will be to reach Clout Level 10 as quickly as possible. Setting that goal will cause me to stretch in my writing pursuits by applying better search terms, finding more interesting article topics, doing more research, etc. I want to hone my writing skills enough to progress to the highest clout level, which earns the most in performance pay and will give me a new level of satisfaction about writing for Yahoo/Associated Content. It will take a number of months to achieve this goal, as progressing through Level 9 does not go quickly. But I purpose to speed up the process as much as possible.
List two, from other aspects of my life: My first short-term goal from this list will be to use up my current supply of non-perishable items. I tend to purchase things and squirrel them away, sometimes forgetting that I have them and then buying new ones instead of utilizing what I have on hand.
Beginning in January, I purpose to buy only perishable food and beverage items and to not purchase any non-perishable item unless it is vital and I have made certain that I don’t have it on hand or that I can’t substitute something else that I have on hand.
This will necessitate using all my freezer items (which I lump into the non-perishable classification because they are frozen foods that do deteriorate with time and should be used in a timely manner), and using up canned goods, baking supplies, paper products, cleaning supplies, and personal care items.
Why? I have chosen this goal as a way to “clean house,” use items before they get old, and get my mind tuned to more fiscal responsibility. I am blessed with being able to buy the provisions that I need; I am sometimes wasteful in my stewardship regarding money spent in this area of my life. I purpose to become a better steward with the resources that God has so generously given to me.
Reporting on my goals
I’m not planning to publish an on-going report of my chosen goals or my accomplishments regarding my New Year’s Resolution for 2011. Rather, I will likely write an occasional article that is spawned by something that I have learned in the process and that I would therefore like to share with others.
Change is on the way for me, and I’m excited about what 2011 will bring. My New Year’s Resolution for 2011 will keep me focused on setting short-term goals and finding ways to accomplish them quickly so that I can then move on to yet another short-term goal. At the end of the year I will be able to compare this type of goal setting with the monthly goal-setting system that I have used in 2010.
I like this quote by Mary Engelbreit:
“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
Happy New Year to everyone!
A Recap of My 2010 New Year’s Resolution Accomplishments
My Main Online Writing Topics in 2010; Establishing a Writing Plan for 2011
Source: Personal experience