Here’s what we talked about in my classes at school today. But it's not just for kids - it's something for everyone to think about. Making a New Year’s resolution is fantastic, but make sure to set yourself up for success.
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? And, probably more importantly, do you have a plan to achieve them? We make resolutions all the time, but most of the time we just call them GOALS! You can always know a good goal by how SMART it is. Is your goal Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely? If a goal is SMART, you have a better chance of sticking with it and then achieving it!
Whether they are personal or professional, take some time to check on your resolutions (goals) and make sure they are smart. It always feels great to look back at the end of the year and celebrate the goals you’ve achieved!
For me, as I looked back at 2017, I realized that I hadn’t read near as much as I had the previous year. This led me to one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2018.
New Year’s Resolution: I want to read more.
SMART Goal: Read 2 books each month of 2018
· Specific – a book (not a magazine or news article)
· Measurable – two books per month
· Achievable – set aside 30 minutes each day
· Realistic – 210 minutes per week = 840 minutes per month = 14 hours per month (I can definitely finish two books in 14 hours!)
· Timely – two books must be completed by the last day of each month, 24 books completed by December 31, 2018
Although I've heard many authors setting much higher numbers in regards to what they want to read this year, I feel like this goal is a smart goal for me. With teaching full time, editing Greener (book two in the Green series), writing another book, Back to Green (the third book in the Green series), helping my husband with our restaurant, being a wife and mother, and saving a little time to enjoy myself, I feel confident that I will achieve this New Year's resolution. And, we all know that the more you share a goal, the more you focus on it - so I will post on my blog a review of each of the books that I read this year!
Happy New Year!