Motivation Check-In: A System to Make Resolutions Stick

Honestly, I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted to this year.

I mean, I did accomplish some things, like getting published again and helping to put out some incredible lit mag issues (more on both of those later), but there’s definitely a sense of regret, like if only I hadn’t wasted so much time checking Facebook over and over, playing mindless farming games, or getting into internet arguments, I could have accomplished more things I could be truly proud of.

I’m in my winter break session at university, though, so now seems like a good time to reevaluate what I’ve been doing and make a plan for change so that I don’t feel this way at the end of next year. I’ve been reading articles on Medium a good bit lately, and this one by Melissa Mandelbaum does a great job of breaking down a way to stay on top of your goals and how you’re progressing.

Some of the things she recommends making note of, and how often they should be done, are:

  • What three objectives would you like to achieve? What are one to two key results you want to see from each one? Update quarterly.
  • What motivates you to do what you do? Update yearly.
  • What are your values? Update yearly.
  • What are your top strengths and weaknesses? Update yearly.

Bonus questions!

  • How might you introduce meditation into your daily routine?
  • How might you practice a more proactive lifestyle?

And, on a smaller, day-to-day scale:

  • What are the three most important things you need to accomplish today? Break those three things down into smaller tasks, and do the most challenging parts first.

I’m going to be pairing this approach with using one of the Ink+Volt planners my husband and I just received. Quite an investment for a couple of planners, I know, but I’m trying to show dedication to this desire to Be More, Do More.

Seriously, these Ink+Volt planners are gorgeous and worth the investment.

How about the rest of you? What systems are you going to use to make sure your New Year’s resolutions are going to stick?

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