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Productive New Year’s resolutions – resolution worksheet

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):

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What resolutions did you come up with that you’d like to share with us in the comments?

Originally published January 01, 2010.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



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    January 1, 2010 at 6:38 am

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  3. bankowned

    January 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I am more of a hands on learner that learns best by being shown how to do it first and then practicing over and over to get it right. If anyone can help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.

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    January 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

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    January 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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  7. Nanette Labastida

    January 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

    i always do better if i have a form to fill out!
    I also always feel better if i have a good pen and a cute notebook – this year i bought my best friend and i matching journals of a theme we are both obessed with (Wizard of Oz) and we got together on New Years day and wrote out our personal mission statments for the year, our proffessional mission statements, our 2010 Goals/business plans, we found that personal ones naturally intertwined, as things like health & happiness, and other life improvements are esssential for proffessional goals.
    Then we added January “to do’s” and plan to revisit regularly, to outline the next month’s goals and review what we have achieved and how we are doing it.
    Having someone support your and be accountable to I feel is key to succeeding at this. And it’s fun and a great excuse to hang out with a freind.

    I actually got a great outline and motivation from reading the book “Activate your Passion Activate Your Career’ by Madison Hildebrand! One of the agents on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing! it’s a really good book and an easy read

    oh – an my resolutions….
    no limits…more of a theme than a resolution
    (and keep my house, cleaner!)

    • Lani Rosales

      January 3, 2010 at 11:27 am

      So you’re doing your resolutions like some people use a workout buddy (adds accountability), nice!

      Sidenote: I too LOOOOVE fancy journals and pens, have you seen

  8. Nanette Labastida

    January 3, 2010 at 11:32 am

    ooops the book is called “Activate your Passion – Create your Career”

  9. Nest Realty Group

    December 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Not a huge fan of that document – it just seems too generic. Every Realtor should have a plan in place each year…most of that involves business planning/goals, but it could also include personal goals. I was doing some business planning with one of our agents last week and they had laid out a detailed plan that included everything from the number of closings to the number of times/week they wanted to exercise.

  10. Matthew Hardy

    December 28, 2010 at 11:52 am

    The problem the sample worksheet has is in it’s focus on problems. It’s fine to fix a washing machine, but humans ‘travel towards’ their focus. Focus on what’s wrong with you and you set up a never-ending cycle of ‘fixes’. Instead, focus on positive aspects; magnify them, enlarge them. The less-desired attitudes and behaviors will diminish because of lack of focus.

  11. Rebecca Williamson

    January 9, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My New Year’s Resolution is to get rid of everything that isn’t productive or doesn’t produce a good return on my investment. This way I can focus my efforts on only productive tasks and will have more free time during the week.

    • Lani Rosales

      January 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Rebecca, based on your writing this after January 1st, we’ll take that as a vote that AG fits into your resolutions, so thanks! 🙂

      PS: hook ’em horns!

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