I have been deliberating about whether to set New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, after having had many many years of them not really working for me and indeed making me disillusioned with myself. Thank you to everyone who has sent me advice and encouragement on this subject.
My conclusion is that I am going to have overall themes rather than resolutions for 2011 and then add to these monthly achievable goals to move myself forward. As I was typing those words this felt absolutely the right way to go.
So my overall themes will be:
Fitness – with the view to increasing my stamina and body tone.
Health – aimed at reducing my weight and sorting out niggly small health problems.
Writing – increasing my output, finishing projects and marketing my work.
This sounds much more positive than the resolution stick to beat myself with. What do you think?
All the best with your themes!
Happy New Year!
Very good ideas, Morton. You need achievable goals – SMART ones in business terms.
I always say a diet isn't for just after Christmas, it's for life 😉
And as with writing, to a certain extent you have no control over whether it will be published or not, you've just got to do the best you can. My goal is to put more out there, so hopefully I do get a published/paid piece 😀
Happy New Year!
p.s. how do you get those bars for your work in progress… I really like those 😉 Looks like you have three novels on the go!
Nas – Happy New Year to you too.
Teresa – Lol my goals will be SMART. I once was told how to eat an elephant – piece by piece – so the goals will be monthly and monitored. I laughed as I used to have 50 staff to set goals for!
The side bars are a little primitive but available here http://www.languageisavirus.com/nanowrimo/word-meter.html#
Serenity Woods also has some from a different source on her blog http://serenitywoods.blogspot.com
I have three novel actively on the go and another three bubbling away. Mx
Sorry wasn't clear above. What I meant was it is funny how easy it is to set goals for others! Maybe I'll get my good friend Ellie Swoop to set mine. Lol. Mx
I really like your idea of having monthly goals. It seems much easier to keep on track like that!
Good luck with those Morton – it seems that you've got the right idea with monitoring them monthly. And all totally achievable (what I mean is, you've mentioned nothing outlandish!) so when resolutions turn to life changes, it's all good 🙂 x
Ellie Swoop is available for goal setting, writing challenges, brain-storming, coffee, chocolate munching, shopping trips and any other creative fun!!
Thank you for your comments. I am feeling good about January's targets already.
Ellie, I am relying on you to say to me on the last week of the month – 'How are your goals and have you set the ones for next month'. Oh and make sure that is when we are cafe writing, drinking coffee and munching chocolate! Looking forward to 2011 and even more fun. Mx
Good luck with all your themes for 2011, and with everything that you hope to achieve. I am girding my loins to start looking at some old NaNoWriMo mss that I have lurking in my files. (Just one more coffee, and it would be rude not to finish up the chocolate first…)
I'm busy finishing chocolate and cake too. Yum.
Happy New Year to all. Mx