How to Finish Your New Year’s Resolutions This Year With Habits, Not Goals

It’s the beginning of the new year and you have probably made some resolutions. Perhaps your goal is to finish your novel rough draft this year or finish the final, polished draft of your book. Whatever your goal, you’ve got some high hopes.

As you have heard and experienced yourself, though, is that those resolutions often don’t get done. We say we’ll do them, but then December comes upon us in a flash and it hasn’t happened.

I have done this so many times myself, and it is discouraging. But this year doesn’t need to be like the last. There is no secret to accomplishing your resolutions, but there is something you can do that will repeatedly get you to the finish line.


To write you’re resolutions down doesn’t mean they will get done. If you really want to get those projects done and have that feeling of satisfaction in finishing a goal, then it actually isn’t a goal that you need, it is a habit.

To reach a goal, you need to make a habit of working on the project everyday. It’s as simple as that. If you work on your goal everyday, you will reach it. As always, the hardest part is starting, but the great thing about a habit is that once you have done the activity enough it becomes second nature to you.

If you want to finish your book, you need to work on it. If you want to connect with more writers, you need to get out and connect with people.

This year, don’t focus so much on the end goal, but on the habits that will get you there.


Along with habits, you need to prioritize your life. What you want to finish at the end of the year will only be finished if you make it a priority. You won’t write more than you did last year unless you make writing a priority.

If you want to make a change this year, then your priorities will need to shift. We all have priorities right now. They may be good things or not so good, but they are what is taking up the time we need to meet our goals.

Your priorities right now may be school, your job, or your kids. You may also be prioritizing watching TV. Priorities will guide us to what habits we make. Switch spending all of your extra time on watching TV, and spend some of that time everyday on your writing. Start a small habit, just ten minutes, and see where that gets you.

When you make a habit to write everyday it is fulfilling.

Forgive yourself

Now since you know how you can reach your goals this year, there is still a matter of guilt from last year that you need to address.

Last year is done and gone, and even if it didn’t go as you had hoped, you still had good moments that you should be proud of. Now forgive yourself for the times you failed. Things happen to stop us, and that’s okey. Let the guilt fall and start this year without the leftover baggage.

Take action

Take ten minutes and make a list of three to five things you want to prioritize this year. Now set some daily habits that will carry you to the finish line of your resolutions.

What are your writing resolutions this year? Share in the comments. 


Related Posts I Recommend:

“Set Habits, Not Goals,” by Jeff Goins on Goins,

“How to Make a New Habit Stick,” by Michael Hyatt published on


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