On New Year Resolutions - A guide to making the list happen

Dec / 28 / 2018

We know you will resolve to a list of things that will make your 2019 complete, a few nuggets to have in mind while that list continues.

You will find that most lists fail. Most of them have exaggerated targets with no clear cut strategies and performance indicators. A lot of these resolutions fail because they’re not the right resolutions. Your goals for 2019 should be smart — and SMART. That’s an acronym coined in the journal Management Review in 1981 for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. It may work for management, but it can also work in setting your resolutions, too.


Your resolution should be absolutely clear. “Making a concrete goal is really important rather than just vaguely saying ‘I want to have a house’, ‘I want to be rich.’ You want to have a goal: I want to have a 1 bedroom apartment in Accra (We recommend Devtraco plus) by June 2019 and if you want to be rich, how much money do you want to have and at what time interval?” 1 million dollars a year — that’s going to be more effective.”


This may seem obvious if your goal is a fitness or weight loss related one, but it’s also important if you’re trying to own a home or cut back on something, too. If you are on to get an apartment, measure how much money you have in the account ready and how much more you will need for the purchase or rental and move in preparations by the end of each month over the 6 months or 1 year period. Also, if you want to stop biting your nails, take pictures of your nails over time so you can track your progress in how those nails grow back out. Logging progress into a journal or making notes on your phone or in an app designed to help you track behaviors can reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution may be.


This doesn’t mean that you can’t have big stretch goals. But trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated, or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life — and both you and your friends and family flail. So, for example, resolving to save enough money to retire in five years when you’re 30 years old is probably not realistic, but saving the part of your salary after you take out feeding and transportation towards getting the apartment is achievable. Setting a target to be a Devtraco Plus homeowner by end of the year is possible: you just select which of our options work for you, which one you can afford a step out to grab it.


Is this a goal that really matters to you, and are you making it for the right reasons? Is your home-owning top priority at this stage of your life? Be convicted, set yourself ready and in deeply rooted positions for the battle ahead. “If you do it out of the sense of self-hate or remorse or a strong passion at that moment, it doesn’t usually last long,” said Dr. Michael Bennett, a psychiatrist, and co-author of two self-help books. “But if you build up a process where you’re thinking harder about what’s good for you, you’re changing the structure of your life, you’re bringing people into your life who will reinforce that resolution, then I think you have a fighting chance.” Once you know you are certain you need the home, you know we are the best place reach out to.


Like “achievable,” the timeline toward reaching your goal should be realistic, too. Break the target times into timelines with objectives leading to achieving the big goal. That means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. So, to get the home you dream of by June 2019, set preparations targets in months. These could be money, furniture, kitchenware and appliances, home decor and accessories and basically anything you would need for that big move. Be sure to hit that marker at the end of the month to relieve the excess stress when you step into your Devtraco Plus home. Remember, “Focus on these small wins so you can make gradual progress,” Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” and a former New York Times writer, said. “If you’re building a habit, you’re planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months.”

There you have it, you can now complete your new year resolutions list.

Merry Christmas and have a prosperous 2019, from the entire Devtraco Plus family.

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