New Year’s Eve/Day is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a new beginning, fresh start, clean slate, (and 1,000 other new year’s cliches). Each new year is a chance to reassess the last 365 days and set goals for the next year. And this year, for the first time, I’m actually writing them down.
As I was listening to a Brian Tracy talk about how only three percent of adults have “clear, written, specific, measurable, time-bounded goals”, I started thinking: “When was the last time I wrote out my goals?” Sure, I’d thought about how nice it would be to run a half marathon, be more charitable, or put more money into savings, but what good was that if I didn’t make it more concrete?
The list I’ve since put together over the last month or so is my attempt to create S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Meaningful, Attainable, Relevant, Timely). The attainable part really stuck out to me. It’s unrealistic for me to say “Go to the gym every day” or “Never waste money.” Those types of “always,” “never,” “every day” type of goals seem the most destined to fail pretty early on.
So in the spirit of online accountability, here’s my list:
- Run a half marathon.
- Run a 5K.
- Run a charity race.
- Complete a week-long mission trip.
- Put $X into savings. (I have a number but don’t really feel like making it public.)
- Find a charity to consistently support (and actually donate money this year).
- Join big/little sisters.
- Host three parties at the apartment.
- Make employee of the month once.
- Travel at least twice for fun (Texas, Colorado, New York).
- Make five weekend trips (Ojai, Vegas, San Francisco, Napa).
- Read six fiction books.
- Find a good dentist.
- Donate blood twice.
- Develop signature potluck dish and cocktail.
- Find reliable primary care physician.
- Finish 5- and 10-year plan.
- Learn to ride a bike proficiently.
- Visit three art museums (Getty at least twice, LACMA, MoCA).
- Do one thing a month that’s out of my comfort zone.
- Finish decorating my apartment (find art I really like and take a centerpiece photo).
- Do quiet time at least three times a week.
- Go vegan for a month.
- Go gluten-free for a month.
- Participate in NaNoWriMo.
- Try three different types of “ethnic cuisine” restaurants (Thai, Ethiopian).
What are some of your resolutions–big or small? They don’t all have to be crazy-scary goals. In fact, for me, the mix of hard and easy goals makes it seem more manageable. Let me know what you’re planning on accomplishing this year. If you don’t have any resolutions yet, check out this cool list of goals from wellness gurus on Prevention.com.