making resolutions

Everyone’s talking about making new year’s resolutions. Time Magazine has 5 resolutions that might work. I like some of Fast Company’s 11 suggestions. I’ll definitely try embracing procrastination.

Here is a list of the most common resolutions. In case you were having trouble thinking of any. (If that’s the case, perhaps you should consider #8.)

And these are the statistics about how many people make resolutions and how long they actually keep them. In case you just want to skip resolving and crack open the Ben & Jerry’s right now.

Everyone has suggestions on making resolutions. I’m going to tell you how to keep them. And honestly, this is not that difficult. First, keep your list short. Three at the max. This way, even if you only keep one resolution your percentage is 30%. Keeping one resolution from a list of 10 – 15 is almost meaningless. I call this “doing the math.”

Second, (and this is contrary to what others will tell you) don’t be too specific. For example, don’t resolve to “go to the gym three times a week.” Say that you will “exercise more.” This way, you can count walking from the couch to the kitchen for a diet coke, or rolling the shopping cart over to its little stall as exercise. (Note: if you keep two of your three resolutions, you have bragging rights to a 60% fulfillment rate. Which is really high.)

Third, …oh what the heck. If you kept all of your resolutions no one would speak to you anymore.

And of course, there’s still my very best resolution. And it’s only one life-changing word.

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