I’ve never been a real fan of New Years Resolutions. Likely because I am not a fan of making promises that I can’t, or won’t, keep. For the last few years, the only resolution that I have made is to not make resolutions. That is one that I HAVE kept.
While I don’t care for “New Years Resolutions” per se, I AM a fan of goal setting. I just don’t think that goal setting should be relegated to one day a year. KWIM? Setting goals gives you something to work toward, and the motivation to do the work. I think that it is important to set both short and long term goals. For example, my husband and I want to save enough to retire on. That is a long term goal, as we are no where near retirement age. In order to do that, we need to live below our means and stick to a budget. Our budget is a short term goal, and is reavaluated several times a year.
Goals should be SMART.
By that, I mean goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-targeted.
Saying I want to improve my site is satisfying. Saying I want to increase the revenue I earn through my site is succinct. Saying I want to earn a specific amount monthly by the end of 2012 is SMART.
When I read Achieve Anything in Just One Year, by Jason Harvey, in the end of 2010 (you can read my review here), I was reminded of the importance of writing my goals down. I did write some of them down, and others I did not. Guess what. The ones I wrote down, I managed to achieve. The ones I didn’t? Well, you know the old saying, “Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time”? Yup.
One of the goals that I did accomplish in 2011 was that I started using a daily planner again. I started off with a no-name planner, but it didn’t work out. Years ago, when I first started using a planner, I used a Franklin-Covey and it just ruined me for horizontally oriented planners. I have to have my days in vertical columns, thank you. If you knew me, you would understand what using a daily planner means for me. I am a Sanguine-Choleric. As far as personality types go, that means I can be VERY forgetful and somewhat disorganized. Yes, a planner is definitely needed! Remembering where I put the planner is key.
I will be spending some time in the first week of January doing some goal setting. And yes, I am writing that in my planner. Once I find it.
One of the goals that I have set for 2012 is a revamp of this site, which I have Greg working on now.
I will also be contemplating goals for other aspects of my life. Homemaking. Homeschooling. Reading. Writing. Church involvement. This site. Fitness. Health. You get the picture.
Are you a resolution maker? A goal setter? Both?
How much time do you spend setting goals? How often do you review them and/or revamp them? Have you set your goals for 2012 yet?