New Year’s Resolutions and a Goal Diary

Posted on December 29, 2010


Christmas is past us and New Year’s is upon us. For those of us living in the U.S., 1 January 2011 is just a little over 48 hours away.

Regardless of where you live in the world, we all should be looking forward into 2011 and deciding what our short-term goals will be for the year. Some short-term goals may include producing a specific number of articles per day, getting hired by a certain company or ramping up your writing career to include a new blog or website.

Short-term goals are as critical as long-term goals and everyone should have those, too.

If you haven’t already, I challenge you to create a Goal Diary. What is a Goal Diary, you may ask? It is a separate notebook used strictly to create and monitor short-term and long-term goals. Buy a notebook to put your goals in, or create a MS Word document to charter your course.

On each page of your Goal Diary, insert a new year. On the first page, specify Goals for 2011. Start with high level goals, such as write an e-book or start a new blog. On the next page, insert your high-level goals for 2012, and so on until you have 10 years included in your Goal Diary.

Go back to 2011. Insert the steps necessary to achieve your 2011 goals and the amount of time (number of days, weeks, months) it will take for each. Determine the start date of each and insert this information into specific dates in your planner. You might even want to insert January through December and insert the goals you will begin in the appropriate month. You now have a plan to follow to ensure you achieve, at least, some of your short-term goals.

Keep in mind that these goals may evolve and change as your life evolves and changes, but writing down goals makes accomplishing them more tangible for most people. Make sure you look at them on a monthly basis and adjust the steps necessary to complete them as needed in your daily planner.

New Year’s is upon us and new adventures and expectations of new achievements follow on its heels.

Let’s prepare diligently for it!


Posted in: Goal Setting