This is my first post of 2018, so a happy new year to everyone! It has been a very busy start of the year for me at work, and I know this post might come a little late for some people but it’s never too late.
I wanted to share how I make my resolutions and how I try to keep them. Well, I am the person who likes to keep journals and write every plan that I have in there. So, late November 2017, I started thinking about all the things that I wanted for 2018, and wrote them down under a few headings including;
- Home e.g maintenance of the house, adding new decor, adding new furniture
- Cars e.g planning for service, insurance payments
- Personal e.g gym, holiday
- Business, e.g new ventures
Under every heading I made sure to include as much detail as I can because sometimes messy is great! That was the first step. The second step was prioritising. So which one comes after which one? So I applied logic to arrange my plans in an ideal sequence and in order of importance. Third step was to estimate the resources (costs, time, people) needed to do most of my plans. This is to answer the important question of affordability! Sometimes you just can’t afford to buy a new car this year, but you can put away a deposit in an investment account for next year then buy the car then.
Like I said all this I did in November 2017. You can decide to do it even earlier, but don’t leave it until the new year. Practically, towards the end of 2018 you should be having an idea of what you would like to achieve in 2019.
I addition to the above , there are things that I keep in mind when making resolutions;
- The first six half of the year is the most important time of the year. I try to work hardest to cover most of my plans during this time rather than later.
- Keep the list short and achievable
- Try as much as possible to stick to your plans but also keeping an open mind for alternatives
- Remind yourself all the times what you wanted to do
- Forgive yourself if you have not achieved your plans, you are not the only person who hasn’t
- “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin
I hope everybody has prepared for this new year and good luck as you make all your dreams possible. I am already working on mine.