But even though I don't usually do the whole New Year thing, this year I was thinking about why it's so common for people to fail their resolutions, to lose momentum by February, if not to give up on them altogether. And the best I could come up with is the difference between "resolutions" and "goals." What I mean is something like this --
- Resolution: to lose weight
- Goal: to exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes
- Resolution: to get organized
- Goal: to spend 15 minutes per day in one room decluttering
- Resolution: to save more money
- Goal: to put away $100 in a savings account each pay
See, resolutions tend to be big, vague, and overwhelming, while goals are small, concrete, and achievable. A person could certainly have a big resolution, but if she doesn't break it down into measureable goals, it's too easy to flounder around and then give up.
For myself, just for fun, I decided at the end of December that my resolution would be "to blog more," with the immediate goal "to post each day in January, except Sundays." Really, I was just curious to see if I could do it. I decided that I would regroup at the end of January to see if I could continue with that goal, or if I should modify it. This is what I learned from this experiment:
- That I could, indeed, post every day (except Sundays) for a month.
- That it was tricky -- okay, not possible -- for me to come up with intereresting posts that often.
- That I enjoy blogging more when I'm not putting myself under pressure to do it.
So for the next month, I'm modifying my goal. I plan to post no less than twice a week for the month of February. That way I'm still accountable to myself to be out there regularly, but I don't have to kill myself coming up with ideas every single day. We'll see what happens this month!