Run that marathon! Write that novel! How to make 2022 the year you finally smash your goals

Every year millions of us resolve to learn a new language, get super fit or master a new skill … then never start. How can we make it happen? Experts explain all

This year, my new year resolution is to finish the first draft of a novel. It’s a realistic goal – I’m not saying it has to make money, or even be any good. I just want the words on the page, even if all they do then is languish for ever in a folder.

Well, I say that’s what I want – but of course finishing a draft was my new year resolution last year, and the year before that, and before that. In truth, I’ve been pushing back this particular ambition since 2017.

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