(Early) Friday Fun – Resolutions or Goals?

Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: Do you make New Year’s Resolutions or do you prefer to set goals for yourself?  Extra points if you are feeling brave enough to share your resolutions or goals.


Lisa Jackson, writerLisa Jackson: I don’t make any resolutions for the new year. I do make yearly goals each December for the upcoming year, however. It’s actually a list that morphs during the current year, and in December I review how the current year has gone, put all my current goals into the list, and then review past goals to see if any need to be carried forward or dropped off. It’s organic so I’m not just focused on a particular 12 months. I always want to know where I will be a year from today.

Jamie Lee Wallace: You wanna talk goals? I’m a recovering project manager. I’ve set, reached, re-prioritized, and fallen short of more goals than I can count. However, most of those were pursued on behalf of others. I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set goals for myself, my writing, and my business. In fact, this year, I have made an effort to set time aside for serious goal-setting. Using my project planning skills, I’m mapping out a path that will take me from where I am today, to where I want to be tomorrow and beyond. It feels good to make things happen.

Head shot of Lee LaughlinI am a goal setter, but I have a love hate relationship with them. I have found that weekly goals have provided much needed structure but at the same time, they’ve also created some unproductive stress (productive stress being the kind of stress that keeps you motivated, where as unproductive stress is the kind that just leaves you feeling overwhelmed).  My plan is to enjoy the return of quiet that will be the first week of January and set some weekly, monthly and annual goals for 2011.

J.A. HennrikusJulie Hennrikus: I am a goal girl, but this year am considering resolutions as well. Goals work for me, and I am great at breaking them down into manageable tasks and reassessing. For me, goals are renegotiable. I wonder if resolutions, self defined as big ideas, wouldn’t be good to wrestle this season. And then working on goals to meet the resolutions. Maybe that will help 2011 be a bolder year.

Susan Nye: I rarely make resolutions and am much better at setting goals. I find I get a little lost without them, rushing from project to project and losing perspective. My big goal for 2011 is to get my cookbook into pitch-able shape and then pitch it.

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