Improve Yourself in the New Year

How’s your New Year’s resolution coming along? Not as well as you hoped? Are you falling behind? Did you skip that workout at the gym last week? Were you late meeting your friend just that once?
Well, we’re here to help. And we convinced our friend, The Model for Improvement, to lend us a hand.
We’re inviting you to improve yourself and share the journey (and the positive results!) with our community. Taking a page out of our online course, QI 102: The Model for Improvement: Your Engine for Change, we’d like you to set an aim, choose some measures, run some PDSA cycles, create some run charts, and make your resolution a reality in the new year.
What’s in it for you? You’ll get support from our community and the accountability that comes with sharing goals publically. Post your “personal aim statement” on the course discussion board, and let your peers and colleagues know what you plan to change this year. Throughout the year, we’ll contact different members of our community to see if they’d like to share their project progress –- and hopefully, success –- on our blog.
Former IHI President and CEO Maureen Bisognano leads this “self-improvement” activity every year in a course she teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health and has seen some wonderful results in the past decade.
“We’ve seen a ton of inspiring projects over the years,” she says.
And we’ve already seen plenty of great ones on the discussion board in QI 102. Here’s a sampling:
  • “In 30 days, I will be getting eight or more hours of sleep each night.”
  • “I would like to be able to run a 5K in less than half an hour by Christmas.”
  • “I would like to increase the length of my study time by 50% for the sake of my grade.”
  • “I will complete Rosetta Stone for Turkish Level 1 by November 30, and Level 2 by December 31.”
  • “By March 2012, I will lose 20 pounds.”
  • “By December, I will give my undivided attention to each one of my children for one hour.”
  • “I will add 14 servings of fruits and vegetables to my diet each week by December 15, 2011.”
  • “I would like to have perfect attendance at work in the month of December by arriving five minutes early every day for 30 days.”
  • “I will have my BSN by January 2012.”
  • “In three months, I will lower my blood cholesterol level from 125mg/dL to 90mg/dL.”
  • “Six weeks from today, I will have started 20 peripheral IV’s without supervision.”
  • “I would like to have coffee with my wife at least twice a week.”
  • “By December 30, I will have 100% of my daughter’s closet reorganized.”
  • “By next week, I will decrease my intake of Mountain Dew to one per day.”
  • “I will completely stop smoking cigarettes by February.”


Bisognano has shared the two tools at the top of the page to help you get started. So, what are you waiting for? Improvement is out there waiting for you!
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