New Year's resolutions tend to focus on areas that we know need a change. Make those resolutions too general or too sweeping, and chances are they will be your resolutions year after year. Alan C. Freitas, president of Priority Management, recommends that you write resolutions/goals that are SMART:
Specific - Precisely what you want to achieve, and by when.
Measurable - What a successful outcome looks like.
Attainable - Challenging, but achievable.
Relevant - Address areas of your work and life that are really important to you.
Trackable - How you're going to gauge your progress.
You will have more success if you set deadlines for achieving your goals and resolutions. List specific dates on which you want to complete the various steps of the plan.
Finally, resolve to make it a happy new year!