Resolution setting has always made me feel like I need to fundamentally change myself- which was intimidating. I normally fail at sticking with the resolution, somewhere near the end of January. Sometimes a change must happen quickly- such as a change in lifestyle due to a medical issue, or perhaps a job change. Typically though, life moves along smoothly enough that any radical changes (such as the ones resolutions bring) makes me cringe.
Instead of resolutions this year, I have decided to write a 2018 To-Do List. I have more success writing a daily list of items to accomplish. I enjoy crossing them off at the end of the day when I review my journal before bed.
I am going on the assumption that if a To-Do list is working for me on a daily basis, it may translate well to a Yearly To-Do. Again, years of management kicking in here- if you
want employees to reach a target, it had to be one that was easy to achieve, relevant, and measurable- (some blend of George T. Doran’s S.M.A.R.T. goal setting system). So I make my To-Do list items ones that match this system.
Part of my personal “2018 To-Do” list:
- Once a Day painting for 30 days
- Once a month shipment of donations to charity
- Twice a month digital scan of paperwork and dispose of hard copies
- Drink 40 ounces of water per day
Each of these items I can set a reminder on a calendar as a “To-Do”- keeping in mind I can be flexible enough to move the date if it overlaps something I can’t move, lets say a doctor appointment for my son. At the end of the month, I can then see if the item has been accomplished; and if it hasn’t, set a new date and adjust my thinking as to why I wasn’t able to do it.
Follow up is key- You can set as many goals or targets as you like, but if you forget to measure them along the way, or track your success it makes it impossible to know when or if you have reached these goals.
Here’s to a brand new start with a New Year, and a new way to track my progress on this journey.