I realized that I am not good at keeping my New Year’s Resolution. It’s not that I’m not serious about them, but I realized that in previous years there has been a disconnect. Resolutions tend to be things you wish to achieve or things that you need to do, so you commit to doing them in the new year. While my resolutions are things that I need to do, honestly, I hardly ever do them. However, I’m good at setting goals and reaching them. This year, I’m trying something different.
Instead of resolutions, I made goals. You may be wondering what’s the difference. Well for me, the way you attack goals and resolutions are different. My public health training taught me to use SMART Objectives to achieve goals. SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Under my goals, I made SMART objectives and under the SMART objectives I wrote tasks that work towards achieving that goal. For instance, one of my goals for 2018 is to travel internationally.
(See below for an example)
Goal International Travel
By January 30, 2018, I will turn in my passport application.
– Google how to get a passport by 1/5/2018.
– Print off and complete passport application by 1/15/2018.
– Save $70.00 from each paycheck in January to pay the passport and processing fee.
– Turn in passport application with fee no later than 1/31/2018.
While my ability to travel internationally is dependent on other factors, this is definitely a step in the right direction. Plus this makes me more accountable and increases my likelihood of actually achieving my goals. The overarching goal is divided into smaller, doable pieces, that I can handle.
I’m tackling all of my goals in that manner. I plan to have a productive 2018, despite the ups and downs that may come my way. What I like most about attacking goals in this manner is that I am focusing on the things that are within my control.
I’m looking forward to 2018!