Phelan: Action plan can help with New Year’s resolutions
At the start of each year, in between the cries of well-wishers and requests to not drink and drive, I always hear about “New Year’s resolutions” – some things people will start doing in the new year, making it the best 365 days of their lives. Working out more, being nicer and getting work done on time are all examples. Recently, my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with friends’ promises to themselves about how they will become better people in 2013.
None of my friends, however, take the time to explain how exactly they’ll be a new-and-improved person in 2013. I know that posting specifics about workout plans on Facebook is a bit unreasonable, but it’s still rare to hear anyone say, “I’m going to stop procrastinating in the new year. I’ll do this by initially reorganizing my workspace to limit distractions, then maintaining by writing out a to-do list every day at breakfast and only allowing myself to watch TV once I’ve completed everything on it.”
There are books, websites and apps about how to stick to your resolution, but I’ve yet to see an iPhone app that helps ensure that you’re making smart goals. SMART, of course, meaning specific, measurable, action-focused, realistic and timely.
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