After I completed my last post, I took some time to think about what I wanted my resolutions to be and how I wanted to structure them. The “make exactly three concrete goals” plan has historically worked pretty well–except in 2011, when I completed just one of the three–so I’m sticking with that.
Meghan’s Meghan-Style Resolutions:
1) End the year with more money in savings than I had January 1.
2) Freelance for at least one publication outside my company.
3) Take all the steps I can toward finding out more about my birth family medical history.
I like these because, by December 31, I either did ’em or I didn’t. But I kind of like bigger-picture thinking, too. So I didn’t stop there.
I’m a fan of Rachel Wilkerson‘s blog, and she likes to pick a verb every year as her New Year’s Resolution. I like it! Having a single word you can say to yourself–as a reminder, and also as a command–is simpler and potentially more effective than having a few goals to accomplish by year’s end. So, on that note:
Meghan’s Rachel Wilkerson-Style Verb Resolution:
Focus. I’d like to live more in the moment and be more present while I’m doing the things that I do. I’m always multitasking, and that often leads to me getting nothing done. If I really immerse myself in one thing at a time, I will be so much more productive at work, and I will enjoy life so much more in all other contexts.
I also like “focus” because it will (hopefully) remind me to devote more attention to the things that matter (my relationships, my running, my writing, and other interests that give me some dimension) and less to the things that don’t (Facebook, endless hours of Netflix, eating all the food in my fridge).
But wait, there’s more! I recently wrote a little something for work about how you’re more likely to keep resolutions if you recommit to them every Monday. There’s even a whole class of campaigns based on this idea. So, I thought, “Why not think of a few things I’d like to do at least once every week?” I did it. Five seemed like a nice number.
Meghan’s Monday Campaign-Style At-Least-Once-a-Week Resolutions:
1) Write a blog post.
2) Write in my journal.
3) Walk to work.
4) Strength train.
5) Eat a big salad as a meal. (It sounds silly, but the more I make myself eat veggies, the more veggies I want to eat.)
And I’ve already handled items one, two, and four for this week. I’m off to a strong start, 2012! Here’s to more success, and even more bacon.