I bet many of you have resolutions you will make and attempt to stick to in the new year. Great. I hope you do keep those resolutions. The chances of that are not so good.
I don’t do resolutions. Especially for big things, such as losing 30 pounds. Oh my, that is a huge goal and probably beyond my capability to do in a year.
I do write down specific goals that I can make progress towards every day. So, my weight loss goal is five pounds, because I bet I can do that. My book goal is two books this year, with another two as possibilities.
And, I have a goal for my mailing list for this site. I have had a terrible time sending emails to my readers on that list. You folks deserve better than that. I now (finally?) have a plan to write a monthly email.
That’s because I have plans instead of goals, even SMART goals. Oh, SMART is: Specific, Measurable, Actionable (or Achievable), Relevant, Timely.
My goal for this site: Write a monthly email every month in 2017. (Attempt to) Send it on a specific day each month. Those are SMART goals that I can measure.
With goals, SMART or otherwise, I write down small, possible deliverables, so I can make progress towards my goals for this year and beyond. The plan for my email newsletter is to:
- Draft each newsletter now, because they are evergreen content. They are my tips to creating an adaptable life.
- Select a date each month to send the newsletter. I’m thinking of the 12th. Why the 12th? It’s a good number. No other reason. If I miss the 12th for some reason, I still have some possibilities before the end of the month.
- Start my drafting on the 10th of each month so you receive it by the 12th. I can debug the inevitable problems I see.
That’s a plan of small possible deliverables that will get me to my goal of writing a monthly email newsletter for this site.
For me, resolutions don’t work. I won’t tell you how many years I had a goal of losing at least 10 pounds each year. But, in 2009, I decided I would weigh my food to understand portions better. That was my goal. I bought a good food scale and started to weigh my food. In the first nine months of 2009, I lost 10 pounds. Better weight loss than I had ever seen.
In the last few years, I decided I wanted to write more books. I didn’t decide to write more, or more books. I decided to write down small chunks of writing that might help me explore the content of the books faster. For me, that worked.
Maybe I’m contrary. (Okay, I am!) I find that working towards my goals obliquely is more helpful than trying to accomplish a big goal directly.
Maybe you can do resolutions. They don’t work for me. Plans work for me. Plans with small deliverables at least as often as once a week that help me achieve the goal I want. Note necessarily in a straight line, but will help me accomplish what I want to do.
You might want to make resolutions. And, I recommend you follow those resolutions with a plan. What will help you achieve your big audacious goal?
That is the question this week: What’s your plan?