Resolution Tree

My first post in 2011.

Learning my last year lesson, I had made my resolutions now. I found my last year resolution note and I feel that I think I should be SMART-er when it comes to make my this year resolution.

New Year Resolution

Here are some tips to make your resolutions easier:

1. Mind Map

Mind Map

I’m sure you have heard about mind mapping. I draw my priorities on a mind map tree, and I use different colors for different aspects in my life. For example I use blue for my relationship, that includes families, friends, etc. From the family branch, I start to add smaller branch, like family. And from that branch, I draw my resolution.

The reason this memory tree makes it easier to make our resolution is we are doing it portion by portion instead of having big general idea about what we want to do for the whole year.

2. Set a SMART goal.

After drawing those details on our resolution tree, let’s spend some time on how are we going to achieve it. The lesson I learned, to make my resolution measurable and instead of spanning throughout the whole year, I should set a limit for it, different stage of the year will have different goal.

In this way, we will have milestones and without we realize it, it will make our journey easier.

3. Evaluate and Revise

We do make mistakes, right? If one is not working, then do we abandon the whole journey? No! We will find other way to get there. Thus, milestone is important, we will evaluate our plan, whether it brings us closer to the destination. If it’s not, maybe we should consider to “tweak” it.

To conclude, by dividing our goal, it helps us to get into the details, and having SMART goal will enable us to keep in the track to our goal.

Have you made your resolutions? Please share your tips on how you do your resolutions.. 🙂

  • sin

    Thanks for the tip. I think I can understand more if I can see some examples of how you divide your goal into milestones. Can you provide some examples ?

    • Anonymous

      How I draw my tree is, i have 3 areas that i want to work on work related, family and social life and hobby.
      Then I added the “branches” for each, for example my family and social life has “trunks” of family, friends, social work and so on
      And I added smaller goal or what I’d like to achieve for each “trunks”

      By the end of it, you will have “leaves” of your tree.
      And I’ll make plan according to the “leaves”.

      Hope the illustrations helps 🙂

      • sin

        Hm, I was asking about how you decide the steps to achieve your goals and make them measurable (item 2 above). Are they small objectives that are supposed to be accomplished in a month, for example.

        • Oh.. Sorry misunderstand your question :p

          To define the steps,
          When it relates to new thing that I’m not familiar with, I usually set shorter timeline for each task, so that I can evaluate faster and, maybe, change my way doing it whenever necessary.
          When it relates to things that i’m used to it, I tend to give myself more time..
          (or I should do it the other way around? haha.. :p)

          In general, I prefer to a plan that detailed enough yet not too much details inside. Because I feel it’s a bit too rigid and I lose my creativity :p

          About the timeline and to measure more realistic timeline.. I based on how much spare times I have after 40 working hours for that week.

          Am I still missing your point?

          • sin

            No, I think that answered my question. Thanks.

            “A plan that detailed enough yet not too much details inside ?”
            This sounds difficult to make though :p

  • sin

    Thanks for the tip. I think I can understand more if I can see some examples of how you divide your goal into milestones. Can you provide some examples ?

    • How I draw my tree is, i have 3 areas that i want to work on work related, family and social life and hobby.
      Then I added the “branches” for each, for example my family and social life has “trunks” of family, friends, social work and so on
      And I added smaller goal or what I’d like to achieve for each “trunks”

      By the end of it, you will have “leaves” of your tree.
      And I’ll make plan according to the “leaves”.

      Hope the illustrations helps 🙂

      • sin

        Hm, I was asking about how you decide the steps to achieve your goals and make them measurable (item 2 above). Are they small objectives that are supposed to be accomplished in a month, for example.

        • Oh.. Sorry misunderstand your question :p

          To define the steps,
          When it relates to new thing that I’m not familiar with, I usually set shorter timeline for each task, so that I can evaluate faster and, maybe, change my way doing it whenever necessary.
          When it relates to things that i’m used to it, I tend to give myself more time..
          (or I should do it the other way around? haha.. :p)

          In general, I prefer to a plan that detailed enough yet not too much details inside. Because I feel it’s a bit too rigid and I lose my creativity :p

          About the timeline and to measure more realistic timeline.. I based on how much spare times I have after 40 working hours for that week.

          Am I still missing your point?

          • sin

            No, I think that answered my question. Thanks.

            “A plan that detailed enough yet not too much details inside ?”
            This sounds difficult to make though :p