It’s time to scrap New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Tasks

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:

  1. Read the latest industry book by March
  2. Create a new landing page on my website for visitors from Twitter by April
  3. Get the new blog up and running by May
  4. Create a connection with another blogger by June
  5. 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.

  • Ursula Robinson

    I found this a really useful article and I am now setting my tasks for my new business as I type thanks for the idea!

    • That’s great Ursula! What are some of the tasks you have come up with?

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Well put. I’ve been looking at the idea of Goals being the overarching part of the New Year’s “fresh start” stuff, and then the Resolutions are the things you have to change in your regular behavior in order to accomplish those goals. So if the goal is to lose weight, and you don’t exercise regularly, the resolution should be to exercise X times/week…then you’ll achieve the goal.

    For business, my goal is to spend more time as a client so I can publish more content and do more amazing stuff with our product line. To do that, I have to be a better manager of my time, so that’s the resolution. Tasks are the interim steps to employ the behavioral changes.

    • Hey Stephan!

      That is a great goal! Thinking / acting like a client is a must to understand the needs and questions your clients have. Which in turn leads to great content for your website!

      I wish you all the best in completing your goal 🙂