Every year I make New Year’s Resolutions, but last year, I conceived of them in a different way.
A way more conducive to my successfully achieving them.
As it stands, I have a fairly decent resolution record. I try to set goals that I really want to achieve, and that I really think I can achieve through a noticeable, yet still reasonable, amount of effort.
But I’m always on the lookout for new and better ways to do goal-setting. And last year, I had the idea to borrow from my working life, and the work I do in program evaluation.
Although not actually questions, I conceptualized each of my resolutions as an evaluation question—an overarching topic of inquiry that is being assessed.
In an evaluation framework, evaluation questions are further broken down to a number of indicators. Indicators provide specific, measurable, and perceptible methods for answering evaluation questions.
Applied to goal-setting, indicators are sub-goals that act as both strategy and the means by which you measure progress in your larger goals/resolutions.
This method worked so well for me in 2019, I’m back to give it another go—along with my two-year’s strong strategy of quarterly progress check-ins that I post to this blog.
My New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 (some of which are variations or extensions on goals and sub-goals from last year) are as follows:
- Continue to make progress in my writing journey
- Improve my non-writing life
- De-clutter/Mary Kondo my entire apartment
- Complete additional long-standing/outstanding tasks
The breakdown for each of these resolutions includes the following:
1) Continue to make progress in my writing journey
- Completely finish my WIP
- Query my WIP
- Figure out the rest of the plot for my next novel
- Start my next novel
- Read at least three writing craft books
- Always be researching in general in support of future novels
- Read the first draft of my WIP’s sequel and make general/overall revision notes
- Rewrite my blog bio
2) Improve my non-writing life
- Explore and sample potential new hobbies
- Create/put myself into situations that allow me to meet new people
- Go on a trip somewhere I haven’t been before
3) De-clutter/Mary Kondo my entire apartment
- Remove excess/unnecessary items from every room
- Attempt to give usable items away to friends/family who want them
- Donate usable items that no one wants
- Minimize the amount of garbage generated
- Living room
[ ] Bookshelf
[ ] Desk
[ ] Armchair
[ ] Magazine box
[ ] Couch
- Dining room
[ ] Table
[ ] Side chair
[ ] Fridge
[ ] Cupboards
[ ] Drawers
[ ] On top of cupboards
[ ] Coat closet
[ ] Shoe trays
[ ] Storage closet
[ ] Shower caddy
[ ] Medicine cabinet
[ ] Cupboard under the sink
[ ] Closet
[ ] Top of dresser/ornament shelf
[ ] Dresser drawers
[ ] Smallclothes drawers
[ ] Bookshelf
[ ] Nightstand
[ ] Under the bed
4) Complete additional long-standing/outstanding tasks
- Get new running shoes
- Make a will
- Try to get a doctor
All of this, yet while keeping in mind my theme word for 2020, which is pacing.
My theme word for 2020, I’ve decided, is PACING. Last year was a headlong race toward inevitable burnout, for entire weeks. This year I’m ready to work both smarter and harder in pursuit of my #goals, but with a slower, more consistent and sustainable stride #NewYearsResolution pic.twitter.com/bwU2sHVdVK
— Janna G. Noelle (@jgnoelle) January 2, 2020
(Image source #1 and #2 – J.G. Noelle)