This Guest paper was submitted for publication in January 2018.
It is copyright to David Miller.
Published here March 2018

Introduction | Why Resolutions are Hard to Keep 
How to Make Achievable Resolutions | Project Management Resolutions Worth Taking
Confront your Problems | Celebrate Success | Enhance your Skills
Use Technology More | Conclusion

Why Resolutions are Hard to Keep

There are a lot of reasons why it's hard to keep your resolutions once made. Let's take a look at some of the most critical reasons.

Setting unrealistic goals

At times, resolutions that most people take every New Year are vague and unrealistic. For example, "I want to plan my projects efficiently this year" is a subjective goal and is open to interpretation. What is efficient? How efficient do I need to be to achieve this goal? If you were maintaining this goal in your to-do-list, you would never get the satisfaction of striking it off!

Lack of persistence

This is the most obvious reason for failure. If you are not consistent in your endeavor to achieve your goals, you can never achieve them. Although, it is easier said than done. Persistence is a virtue that is the cornerstone of becoming a successful project manager. Maybe this year your goal should be to become more persistent!

Relying on luck

Most people set a goal and keep on doing the same things that they have been doing since eternity and expect to achieve them. This sounds dumb, yet this is what even the best of us get stuck into. Without setting measurable goals, crafting a strategy to work on them, actually working on them and monitoring the progress, then you can never achieve any goal or resolution.

Focusing only on the results

Simply setting a great goal or taking a brilliant resolution is not enough. You need to have a strategy to achieve it too. You can't just focus on the end-goal and keep doing what you generally do. Doing the same things in the same way would give you exactly the same results. If you want to get better fruits, stop focusing on the fruits and start working on your "roots". In simple terms, work hard on the process that you need to adopt to achieve your resolutions.

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