This year, be productive with your resolutions. Every year we scribble down our resolutions which usually go like this: “(1) lose 12 pounds (2) stop drunk tweeting (3) return all calls within five minutes (4) read the Bible by Christmas (5) be nice to people.” How many of those things actually happen?
Most of them do within the first 30 days, then that napkin you jotted your last minute “goals” down on is thrown away with the pile of messages your assistant wrote down for you that you haven’t called back (but throwing them away wipes the slate clean, no?).
Don’t waste your time by torturing yourself with unrealistic resolutions, use this as a time to be productive and analyze your goals instead of writing shallow impossibilities on a disposable sheet you’ll forget about next week.
Dr. Will Baum suggests using his worksheet below to get to the meat of resolutions and to make goals that are realistic and productive (I recommend printing it out and spending a few minutes on it):
What resolutions did you come up with that you’d like to share with us in the comments?
Originally published January 01, 2010.