How to make your “New Year’s Resolution” effective and working?

Everyone of us is already aware of the term “New Year’s Resolution” and you aren’t an exception too. But still, let me give a formal intro of what it actually means :

New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve life in the coming year.

Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a negative habit, such as to quit smoking or eating less junk food. Other people make a promise to develop a positive habit, such as starting an exercise program, volunteering with an organization, or recycling more.

Basically, We can rephrase Resolutions as “Goals you want to accomplish over a short period of time (short-term goals) or goals you want to accomplish over a year or many years (long-term goals)”. Whether you want to send more letters to your grandparents, spend more time outdoors, or learn something new by taking an online course. You should consider making a list of long- and short-term resolutions. After that, it’s your ultimate responsibility to keep track of your progress in order to quantify your performance.

Why it’s even important?

The thing which separates us from other creatures on the Earth is not our ability to speak or the power to learn new things quickly. Instead, it is our capability to be able to rise above our instinctive reactions in order to make better decisions that will produce better outcomes. And better outcomes are what we desire.

Abdul Samad Khan (CEO of Youth Impact) has mentioned often-times in his speeches, we humans are the only animals who try to improve ourselves. We are the only animal that deliberately sets out to change ourselves.

New Year’s resolutions are a reminder of who we are, what we are and what we are supposed to do with our lives. I believe that it is and should be in our nature to improve ourselves. It is always difficult to change as a person. But gradual steps in this regard can not only improve us ethically but also on the professional side, we can be a better and more productive face of the workforce.

That’s Fine! But How should I do this?

New Year’s Resolution doesn’t need to be something “Out of the box” kind of thing. It can be as simple as sharing a thought with your best friend on WhatsApp.

Simple steps are :

  • Just take a simple piece of paper or some digital notebook.
  • Write down whatever comes to mind without giving it a second thought.
  • Review whatever you have written. Remove the things which don’t make sense or make a few more additions.
  • Well Done!

Remember! It doesn’t and never have to be super complicated that you end up procrastinating and thinking about it for long hours.

To initiate it as an orderly process, Just keep it dead simple. Later, in subsequent reviews, more improvements can be done. But again for the sake of starting it, just keep it short.

A few things to be kept in mind :

The most important thing you have to remember is, your goals should be realistic or in other words, it should be “SMART”.

Let me elaborates what does “SMART” goals mean.

  • Specific. Your resolution should be absolutely clear. “Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to lose weight.’ You want to have a goal: How much weight do you want to lose and at what time interval?”  “Five kgs in the next two months — that’s going to be more effective.”
  • Achievable. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life.

So, for example, you want to start writing articles. Instead of saying, “I will write an article every day”. But perhaps you could set a goal to write one article a month or week.

  • Relevant. Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? “If you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion at that moment, it doesn’t usually last long,”
  • Time-bound. Like “achievable,” the timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, too. That means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way.

Conclusion :

To conclude, don’t start big. Just start with simple and easy-to-take steps. Then expand to a more advanced version of that. Don’t add vague or no-easy-to-define things in the list. Add numbers to them so that you can measure it on some interval.

– Muneeb Khan