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No resolutions, just plans

I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They tend to peter out within a month, due to factors including a lack of planning, being made on impulse rather than with drive, or being too vague to actually fulfill.

I prefer plans. Plans can change. Resolutions tend to be all or nothing, which just makes it easier to fail.

“My resolution is to blog more” is a great example of a vague resolutions destined to fail. More than what? About what? When?

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What helped me post more articles in 2020 (though that as not the aim!) was be sitting down at the end of 2019 and planning out as much of the year as possible. Not all the plans came to pass. Some series never started, others didn’t happen when I expected.

By the end of 2020 I was wondering why I hadn’t thought to write a year plan before. I found it to be a particular help when I was ‘stuck’ for an article idea. Looking at what I had planned, or what I’d already done, often led to a new idea or a different spin on something I’d done before. I’ll have a 2020 summary up soon, and a deeper dive into the stats to follow.

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I’m doing my 2021 planning at the moment, leaning from last year’s experience at where to add more detail and where to keep things to just a few words.

If you’re sitting down wondering what 2021 will bring, I can only pass on some the best advice I received when making plans to do something new – also identify what you will be doing less of, to make time for this new goal or activity. Wishing to do something new without making time for it is a sure way to disappointment, planning or no.

10 comments on “No resolutions, just plans

  1. tehlulzpare
    December 31, 2020

    Really good idea! I’ve never considered planning my blog before but it seems like a good way to keep the workflow going.

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    • davekay
      December 31, 2020

      Yes, I’ve found it’s helpful to even just write an idea down quickly, even if I don’t come back to it right away, when I get stumped for something to write I can look at the plan and it will often trigger a memory or an alternate idea.

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  2. theimperfectmodeller
    December 31, 2020

    I will be interested to see what you come up with that’s for sure. 🙂

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  3. Wakizashi
    December 31, 2020

    My resolution is to resolve not to make any 😉

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  4. John@justneedsvarnish
    December 31, 2020

    Dave, can you get yourself over to the UK and get a plan in place for dealing with COVID! I’d have more faith in yours than any of the current ones!

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  5. torgsblog
    January 1, 2021

    Like this idea – I’ll keep it in mind while I try to wrangle my thoughts on 2021 plans and projects.

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  6. Pete S/ SP
    January 2, 2021

    Sensible advice.

    Happy NewYear.



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