Setting goals for 2016

Hello there! Hope you were all able to spend time with your family for Christmas and New Year’s. It’s been quite a while since I made a post, but given that we’ve just entered 2016, it feels like the right time. I’ll try to line up a couple for January and February, each of which will discuss some of the things I’ve learned in the past year, both personally and professionally.

I won’t write much for this particular post, but I would like to comment on the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Although I think the concept has merit, the general idea of a setting of resolutions for the upcoming year is, in my opinion, rubbish. Some of the generic ones I’ve heard for 2016 include:
1) Read more books,
2) Drink less alcohol,
3) Go out more often,
4) Maintain a blog, and
5) Lose weight.

Again, I think all of these goals have their value. It’s important to stay in tip-top shape, both mentally and physically, but why should these come into effect almost exclusively at the beginning of a new year? Why not continually set smaller goals throughout the year, as they come up as necessary?

In my opinion, a better method is to set one or two long term goals (~5 years), a couple of medium term goals (~1 year), and several short term goals (1-5 weeks). This allows me to think far into the future while maintaining focus on what’s on exactly what’s head of me. Short term goals can be set based on long term resolutions, or they can be set entirely independently. For example, if my goal for the next five years is to maintain peak physical shape, an associated medium term goal could include losing 5 kg of fat while gaining 5 kg of lean mass within the next half year. I could also set a reasonable yet entirely separate goal of improving my wardrobe, which could be easily accomplished in a week or so.

It’s good to set goals for yourself, but setting them at the top of every year is, in my opinion, a narrow-minded method for self-improvement. The scope or lack of plan often leads to failure, which defeats their purpose to begin with. The beginning of a new year is a time for celebration, but shouldn’t signify the start of resolutions, per se. Incorporating short-term goals, which can be set on any day of the year, with long-term goals, which may change slightly from year-to-year, has worked for me up to this point in my life – I encourage you to try it as well.