SMART Resolutions

On December 25, 2009, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

It's that time again...

Yes.  It’s that time again.

No.  Not the time where you swear you’ll never drink again.  That’s next week.

Now is when we start to think about resolutions.  We’ve eaten at holiday parties (if you’re lucky enough to still be working, AND to still be working for a company that still HAS holiday parties… not saying that we are or aren’t but we’ll just say that I didn’t have to buy a fancy outfit this year…) and the neighbors that you never speak to have brought over the obligatory cookie plate that you’ve nibbled on despite wondering about possible poisoning (hey, I’m a carb whore too — don’t tell me you wouldn’t either..  well, until after the spouse didn’t keel over first, of course).

So resolutions.  They’re good to have — even though most of them fly out of the window by March 1st.  I mean, we all have the best of intentions and do SOOOO well for the first month.  The second month we begin to wane.. but by the third month?  Whatever.  Game over, the end.  Kudos if you actually make it beyond the fourth month.. I can’t say I know a single person who’s made it to June, much less to the end of the year.  I mean, EVER.

And let’s face it — we all have the same resolutions!  Lose weight!  Save money!  Work less!  Laugh more!  Spend more time with the family!  It’s amazing.

When it comes to making resolutions, we should keep a few things in mind — and I’m gonna focus my examples on, duh! what else? weight loss, but these guidelines really can be used for anything.  Oh, sorry for the rambling.  I’m coming down from a carb coma (which is why I’m writing about resolutions NOW).  There are a few things to keep in mind when making resolutions.  We want to make our goals SMART.

Now, those of you in the corporate world are now groaning.  Go ahead, skip ahead to the end of the post to the fun part.  Those of you who are scratching your head and saying “why would people be groaning?” then stick around.


  • Specific:  Well, duh.  “I want to lose weight,” right?  Um, no.  SPECIFIC.  “I want to lose 48lbs.”  A very specific number.
  • Measurable:  This is easy — weight can be measured by a scale.  Use the same one, at the same time and write it down.  Don’t want to lose weight?  Lose inches, lose body fat %, save money — but have a goal that can be MEASURED.  Don’t have a goal that is unmeasurable — “I want to feel better” is a nice goal, yes — but how do you measure that?
  • Attainable:  It’s great to reach for something that you have to work for.  It sucks to put the bar so high that you can never get there and then get discouraged.  I’m 5 years post op.  It would be impossible for me to lose 20lbs in a month.  Fresh out of surgery?  Different story.  But setting such a goal would only kill my morale when I never ever EVER reach it.  What’s the point?
  • Relevant:  Make the goal fit your life.  For me, I could use some weight loss.  I’d like to lose about 20lbs to really be happy with myself.  This is my relevance.  This is not relevant to my skinny-ass husband who could eat ice cream for months and still be smaller than I am.  (BTW, I sorta hate him for that — only as much as one can hate their spouse when they love them to pieces sorta way.  You know what I mean.)
  • Time-bound.  Put a clock on your goal.  Sure, I want to lose 20lbs, but WHEN do I want to have it done by?  And even better, have check in points to monitor your progress.

So here’s the challenge.  I give this to you tonight to start thinking because starting tomorrow (12/26) through New Year’s Eve, I will be collecting your resolutions.  They can be a resolution for anything — saving money, losing weight, ANYTHING –

And what does this do for you?  Well, a few things.

  1. A public declaration of your resolution helps to make it more real.  At least, it does for me.  It gives me an audience to help kick my ass back onto track if I fall off of it.
  2. An entry into a contest!  Yes, Andrea likes contests, what can I say.  Your resolution gives you an entry for a Click Pack to help Click In the New Year!  The rules will be announced tomorrow.

Click In the New Year!

So start thinking on those resolutions…