Within the next couple weeks, people will begin coming up with their “New Year’s Resolutions.” (One of my uncles always said his New Year’s Resolution was to not make any New Year’s Resolutions.)

Most of us have the same basic resolutions: lose weight, read more, manage time better, manage money better, etc. But the majority of us don’t follow through with our resolutions. Why? Because they aren’t actual plans.

We probably only spend a few minutes deciding on our resolutions for the whole year. Too often they are lofty goals, not specific plans. Lofty goals are good, as long as you have a plan to get there.

It’s like taking a trip. You don’t just hop in the car and hope to get to your destination without a map or a GPS. You have to know the route you need to take to get you to where you want to go.

I encourage you to make some bold goals for 2011 (I’m working on mine now). But I also encourage you to spend some time actually planning them out. Instead of saying you plan to lose weight in 2011, outline some specific steps to get there. This process will take some time, so use some of your time off over the next couple weeks to create that plan.

And let’s face it: you aren’t going to spend all of your time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year’s anyway. If you did, you may go crazy.

So use a little to time to plan to actually get junk done in 2011.