Why you should write down your New Year’s resolutions

It’s time to get your New Year’s resolutions down on paper. The simple act of writing it down will help you stick to it. 

Share your goals with your family and friends but ultimately it’s down to you to make your resolution happen in 2018.

I’ve always made lists of things I want to achieve. It helps me make sense of ideas and track my progress.

Richard Branson writing a letter

Some of Virgin’s most successful companies have been born from random moments. If I hadn't opened my notebook and written them down immediately, I would have forgotten about them. No matter how big, small, simple or complex your idea is, get it in writing. It doesn’t matter if you use a pen and notebook or your iPhone – if you have a record of it, you’re more likely to make it happen. On this note, always carry a notebook, you never know when it might come in handy.

It’s good to have a mix of short term and long term goals and don’t be afraid to set big goals that seem outlandish. If you set daily goals and work through your list every day, you can mark off every completed task with a satisfying tick. This helps keep you motivated to aim for the big targets. 

Why don't you ask your family over dinner tonight what their highlights of last year were - it will help them decide what to concentrate on this year.  

Make sure you celebrate all the little wins with the team that has supported you along the way (I’m sure New Year’s Eve was a great time to practice this one!). One you know you’ve smashed your goal, keep making and writing down more. I have boxes and boxes of old notes, filled with old lists, and I’m busy making more.

My resolution for 2018 is:

  • Get unbelievable fit so I’m ready for a trip into space. I’ll be doing lots of trekking and biking to get me into top shape. When I finished the Virgin Strive Challenge in 2016 I felt like a 25-year-old again – I hadn’t felt that good in 40 years. I’ll also be doing some centrifuge g-force training so I’m as acclimatised as I can be for the journey. 

While lists are great for getting things done, it’s also important to remember to set aside time to just be.


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