New Year’s Goals, Monthly Resolutions

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions

  • A New Year’s resolution is articulated as a promise or solution, and does not express the problem you actually want to solve.
  • Because of this, a New Year’s resolution does not express the motivation behind the resolution, or a “why”.
  • The time horizon is too long. New Year’s resolutions don’t account for unexpected changes, like jobs, travel, partners, interests etc.

Reframing New Year’s Resolutions to Goals

  1. Set clearly defined goals with an arbitrary time horizon (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, a year), and ask yourself why you want to achieve these goals.
  2. Use monthly resolutions to work towards, and check in on, these goals.

Set clearly defined goals

Time-box a step towards the goal

  1. Work out at least 3 times a week.
  2. No bread, pasta, white carbs, processed foods etc.
  3. Not more than one alcoholic drink a night.
🚀💪🏻 → 😬😱 → 😎👌🏻

Monthly resolutions are small commitments

Continuous Iteration



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