How to set New Year’s Resolutions

Oscar Lagrosen
2 min readJan 3, 2022

New Year’s resolutions are no different from standard goals

The only specialty is the initiation time. Like a redeemer from the past year, you want to make this year even better or less bad.

Just like normal goals, you can identify them in two ways

Vision first

What is your dream life? What does your perfect everyday look like? Describe in vivid detail what you want to be five years from now. Tell it like an autobiography.

Then you mark the parts that are not true yet, based on current reality. Depending on how ambitious you are, there can be a lot of gaps yet to be filled in all aspects of your life. If there are things you can work towards right now, these are your new year’s resolutions.

Areas first

How is your work? How is your household, both physically, financially, and health-wise? Do you want to learn a new skill or be out with your friends more? Do you need to fix something?

From this mind sweep exercise, you go systematically through all areas of your life. From professional to personal. If there are some big outcomes you want to achieve in any one of these areas, these are your new year’s resolutions.

Be SMART

For ultimate clarity, your new year’s resolutions need to be

  • Specific. Be super clear on what you want to achieve. If you succeeded, how would your reality look, sound, or feel like?
  • Measurable. Have a plan for tracking and review. Tomorrow’s post will go deeper in this aspect.
  • Achievable. Dream big but make sure that it can be done. If you are specific enough, you will find out.
  • Relevant. If you did the exercises above, you have automatically filled this criterion
  • Timebound. When is the deadline for the goal? You can always modify later but a deadline helps you with focus and accountability.

The next post will show you how to actually follow through with the new year’s resolutions you have set out.

Oscar Lagrosen

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