New year’s resolutions and survivorship bias

First of all, apologies for the lack of episodes and blogs throughout November and December.

I took a break from weekly podcasting, enjoyed the Christmas, got fatter, played video games and lost all motivation to be productive.

I’m playing The Witcher 3, and I’ve started reading the Witcher books. While I’m at it, I might just check the Witcher series on Netflix because why not?

How have you guys been? Hopefully, you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. Have you set New Year’s resolutions? If not, I wanted to suggest some of the benefits of goal setting and a few approaches to setting resolutions.

New years’ resolutions and goal setting

I’ve read in the past that 80% of new years resolutions end up failing. Also, most people I’ve met don’t believe in goal setting in the first place. However, I feel goal setting can be handy in our lives when used correctly. Goals give us something to fight for, and being clear about our goals makes us more likely to achieve them.

The most common method for goalsetting is the SMART method. The word SMART is an acronym for the following goal-setting guidelines:

SMART Goals?

Specific (simple, sensible, significant).

Measurable (meaningful, motivating).

Achievable (agreed, attainable).

Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).

Time-bound (time-based, time-sensitive).

Exceptions and milestones

Not all goals need to fit into this model. What about lowering your stress levels, spending time with family, or looking after our mental health? Some dreams are worth pursuing even if they’re not achievable, so be sure to fit these into your resolutions.

Another goal-setting tip is setting milestones. I read about this tip in a book called The 12 Week Year. This book discusses how most people and businesses make the mistake of setting 12-month goals. The problem with this approach is that we then start procrastinating on our goals until halfway into the year, and by then it’s too late. Instead, the book provides ways to use 12-week periods to execute our tasks and improve our results.

Some of my objectives for this year are:
1. At least bi-weekly pod episodes: I want to publish at least one episode every two weeks
2. Health goals: I’m tracking my calories and working out four times a week
3. Less gaming: I’ll only allow myself a few hours during the weekends
4. More reading: I’m reading almost daily
5. More music: I want to play more guitar and MIDI keyboards
6. Special goals notebook: I’m making notes when tracking my progress

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Published by José Marchena

Hi, I'm Jose Marchena I’m a London-based internal recruiter, host of the Coffee with a Recruiter podcast and occasional blogger. I use this website to explore insights on recruitment, productivity and self-development.

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