Do you make’em? Most years I do. I went through a time, when I just didn’t bother to. Life was hectic and came at break-neck speed, just keeping my head above water was the best I could hope for.
But back in 2005, I started doing them again. Well, I called them Goals rather than Resolutions.
Resolutions tend to be pie in the sky things while Goals tend to have more substance to them. They usually come with steps to accomplish them and a time line.
Frequently, I’ve broken them into categories:
“Lose weight” is under the Personal heading and has always been there regardless of the number on the scale. You might find something like “Get Organized” under Work Related, and “Invite guests for supper every other month.” The last is closer to being a Goal than the first two. Under Spiritual, you might find, “Begin attending church Women’s Circle again.”
Let’s see how we can turn “lose weight” from a pie-in-the-sky” (a somewhat ironic cliché) resolution to an achievable goal.
How many pounds? By when? By what method?
So, this year, I’ve set 20 lbs by the end of May. The Method is one tried and true. Write down everything that goes in my mouth in my Healthy Eating Book. Weigh every day—even if I think I’ve messed up, and the scale will go up. (Because messing up is part of the deal and you have to figure how to deal with it.) Focus on “real foods” rather than all those empty calories we can find in chips for instance. I will plan to eat chips once a week and not every day, which I could easily do. (I began this on Dec. 14 and lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks then the holidays hit, and I stopped eating sensibly. Gained back 5 of those in less than a week.)
This is doable. I know because I’ve done it before. You may remember me writing about NutriSystem about 2 years ago. It was very successful, and I lost 28 lbs over about 6 months. But I didn’t think it was healthy to eat that food for the rest of my life. So I went back to “real” food and gained back 10 lbs. That wasn’t too bad. But then we moved and I had the broken ankle enforced inactivity for months. Well, thankfully, I never gained back all 28 lbs, but nearly.
We all try to get healthy beginning with the new year. If you’re doing this too, we can do it together. (This was taken when my feet were still puffy from not walking for two months!)
Work Related Goals. Several years ago, NTRWA, my North Texas chapter of Romance Writers of America, asked us all to set quarterly goals for our writing. That worked well for me and gave me a feeling of accomplishment to look at them every quarter to see how I was doing and to make adjustments.
So number one for me this year was to get my desk set up where I could really work and keep up with everything without having the work space in a constant state of clutter. I could get by with that in our old house where we had a study with a door I could close. My office is now in our main living area. I also find I can be more creative when I’ve got an uncluttered space in which to work. The turquoise table is now in the store room and both file cabinets match the one on the left under the table.
So the writing goal is to release ACT OF BETRAYAL Book 3 of the Second Chances Series by December of this year. That sounds a long way off, but that means I need to have the rough draft completed by May or earlier so I can do edits and rewriting before sending it to my editor. And then there’s the cover, getting a new Bitty Booklet put together. And let’s not forget the formatting. All of that takes time. And none can happen until I’ve done my part. I’m at only 13,400 words right now! 😦
So, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (yes,that’s my blog day) have to go back to being writing days. (I’ve considered cutting back on blogging, but I really enjoy it. We’ll see.) Wednesday can handle all the various appointments that come around Monthly. Pilates is just on Fridays and I’m uncertain about how much more therapy I’ll be doing, which has been Monday and Wednesdays.
You see you can’t just say “I’m going to write more.” You have to have a plan for how to accomplish that. Just like with losing weight or anything.
We’ll check back on these goals as the year goes on. How about you? Are you a resolution/goals person? What kind do you set? How successful have you been? What helps you stick with your plan?