Every year it’s very likely you will be asked “what’s your New Year’s Resolution?”
You will probably answer with one of two things, either “You haven’t made one this year” or you’ll use one you may have tried in the past but failed to keep.
Either way, I think I would be safe in saying you’re not going to complete it.
Think about it, what did you set as last year’s resolution? Can you remember?
I know I can’t.
And I know that whatever it was, I probably didn’t complete it.
The New Year’s problem
The problem is with the ‘resolution’, we all come up with some inane desire or promise, that deep down we know we aren’t going to complete because if it was something good, we would have already done it (like eat more cakes).
We don’t complete them quite simply because they are hard. It’s not because we are lazy, changing a habit is always very hard and as busy people, you just don’t have the time.
It’s time we changed this concept of a resolution and created something that is going to work for us.
The New Year’s solution
I propose we change ‘New Year’s Resolution’ to … wait for it… ‘New Years Tasks’ – I know, hold your applause please.
It’s really obvious; it’s changing the focus from your habits, to something productive.
A task is different to a resolution because you can make it something that you need to achieve instead of something that you want to achieve.
You can apply all the basic planning methodologies to it – I’m sure your aware of the acronym SMART (Simple, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely).
I know, I don’t like those methodologies either, but they do hold some value.
With a task, you can make it something small and give it a deadline.
It can be a task that will help your business or personal development.
It can be something as big or as small as you wish to take on.
But most importantly, it can be realistic.
Let’s scrap these resolutions of losing weight, being a better person or to stop biting your nails for the millionth time, and create a task that you can complete within a set timeframe.
Here are some examples of tasks:
- Read the latest industry book by March
- Create a new landing page on my website for visitors from Twitter by April
- Get the new blog up and running by May
- Create a connection with another blogger by June
- Update the ‘About me’ page by the end of this month
These tasks might not be as exciting as your friend’s resolution to solve world hunger, but at least yours will be achieved by the end of this year!
Has a New Year’s Resolution ever worked for you? What New Year’s Tasks are you going to set? Let me know in the comments below.