Nineteen Days into

the New Year and I am still dreaming up resolutions.

Not off to a good start, am I? I am convinced if I could only get “caught up” with my life, I could stay on top of things. Yea, right! Can’t fool you guys, can I?

New Year’s Resolutions…

What are they good for anyway? Aside from showcasing the fact you can’t set a goal and stick to it, they also directly point out a person’s self-perceived flaws.

– Lose weight
– Exercise more
– Spend more time with family

Ouch!

The last couple of years I have opted against setting New Year’s Resolutions, and have instead set QYRs, or Quarter-Year Resolutions.

Intrigued?

You see, to me, the very idea of having twelve looooong months to accomplish a goal, appeals to the procrastinator inside. We like that concept. But, come November or December (if I even remember what resolutions were set that previous January) things remain undone. Accomplishments, un-accomplished!

So, I set a list of goals I would like to reach for a given year, then work that list into four smaller, more manageable groups that build upon each other.

I’m working around a QYR list for 2008 that looks something like this.

January-March
– I will work out at least three times a week.
– I will evaluate what I did last year, what went well, what needs improvement, and set further QYRs accordingly.
– I will work towards becoming a more dedicated freelance writer, and better equip myself for success.

April-June
– I will wrap up all minor projects I have “open” from 2007 and Quarter 1.
– I will get back on the children’s book I wrote and edit, edit, edit…rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.
– I will continue to help dear old dad work on his manuscript.
– I will focus on healthy food options, and try to eat veggies a little more often.

July-September
– I will re-evaluate the first two quarters of 2008.
– I will explore publishing options for children’s book and dad’s novel.
– I will continue with the healthy lifestyle resolutions that have, hopefully by this point, become habits.

October-December
– I will continue with the evaluation and revision of goals, as needed.
– I will continue exploring those publishing options (cause ya’ll know nothing happens THAT quickly in the publishing world.)

So, what do you think?

Mind you, I have NEVER made it into the summer months with my quarter-year resolutions, but I have made it past February…and, that is saying something.

Right?

So, can you guess what my high priority resolution is this year – the resolution that goes above all others, and sits at numero uno on the list?

Come on, make a guess!

Come on…

That’s right!

My number one resolution for 2008 is to

Make it to June with my QYRs…

Think I can do it?

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Comments

  1. i think this is a great way to handle the whole resolution thing! brava…and I definitely think you can make it to June πŸ™‚

  2. OK, let me help.

    Stop reading this NOW.

    Go put on your running shoes and your cute jogging outfit (you do have a cute jogging outfit don’t you? If not, that could be the problem)

    Jog down to the beach and back (how
    far is that anyway?

    …Ok, are you back? Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?

    P.S. Take your camera so I can see the beach.

  3. I’ve decided not to have any new years resolution starting 2008.. no point of having one or few, because i’ve never keep them anyways… πŸ˜›

  4. Thanks, JD. I *think I can* *I think I can…*

    Erin. It does seem to work better for me than lumping them all into one list, but June feels sooo far away!

    Sorry, J, what did you say? I stopped reading and ran to the beach! ha ha…It is technically only 3 km there, 3 back, but there isn’t a sidewalk the whole way and it feels a lot longer. Usually when I go for a walk/jog it is along the area right in front of the house. I will take pics soon!

    Ah, come on Drama Diva…you can do just one! πŸ™‚

  5. I just realized I never commented on this…I think this is a *fabulous* plan. I hope you’ll keep us posted πŸ˜‰

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