With the start of a new year there is a tradition to set a resolution or resolutions for the new year, lose weight, get in shape, or quit smoking are examples. While a noble effort I would suggest setting goals instead of resolutions. And when setting goals, make them SMART goals. SMART being a mnemonic for:
Too often when setting goals people miss one or more of these points. A good way to avoid doing this is write everything down. Write down the specifics of the goal, how you will measure it, is it attainable and how you will attain the goal, is it possible for you to reach this goal and why, and the time time frame for reaching this goal.
There you go, set goals for the new year, not resolutions.