last year i mentioned that i don't do new year's resolutions. thanks to my mom, i do something called balanced goals and objectives for the coming year. they are so much better than resolutions, because they aren't big pie-in-the-sky unachievable wishlist type of goals. they have to follow a certain criteria.
S - they must be specific
M - measurable, so you know if you've achieved it
A - they have to be achievable, not too out-there
R - realistic [see above]
T - time-based for quantifiable results
there are six different categories plus three additional categories that may not fit other goals. there should be at least one goal for each category, or as many as you want.
career/financial - can be both business + personal
relationships - family, friends
well-being - health + physical condition
spiritual - spiritual + intellectual growth
personal - what are you going to do for yourself
what am i going to STOP doing this year?
what am i going to START doing this year?
what am i going to CONTINUE doing this year?
so they sound kind of labor intensive, but it's not that hard. i mean, think about a typical resolution: 'i want to lose weight,' or 'i want to cook more.' what is more? what is exactly losing weight? making goals that are specific and measurable are so much easier to achieve.
this will be my third year of making these goals. and to help keep myself on track, i thought i would share some with you [but some i am keeping to myself ;) ]
career: find a fulfilling, meaningful career using my new degreerelationships: see my brother at least once a week, trip out to nyc at least once per quarterwell-being: run a 5kspiritual: find an organization to volunteer with in boston within my first three months herepersonal: cook at least 3x a weekwild card: make photo albums of all our trips [carried over from 2011 's goals!!!]what am i going to STOP doing: stress eating [big vice of mine]what am i going to START doing this year: surprise pi at least 2x a month with something specialwhat am i going to CONTINUE doing this year: blogging - upping it to at least 3x a week
hopefully this will help keep me on track. i have a lot of things i want to do this year, and i want 2013 to be MY year. now that school, the election and everything else has settled down i am so looking forward to a fresh clean slate.
feel free to take the SMART criteria and make your own goals + objectives... and stick to them.
have a happy and safe new years eve all! see you in 2013!
til next year...