So it’s that time of the year again. Everyone is trying to figure out a way to make themselves better people by making their New Year’s resolutions. Everyone has one. It’s a tradition that most people choose to follow.
Personally, I think it’s a bunch of hogwash. How long do people actually carry out their resolutions? I mean, seriously, who follows through with their resolutions, and how long are they actually successful in carrying them out?
My New Year’s resolution for this year is to not have a New Year’s resolution this year, and I plan on carrying it out for the entire year.
For those of you out there who actually do keep your resolutions, kudos to you. It’s very impressive to set a goal and be able to hold it out for the entire year.
For those of you out there who don’t, you’re not alone.
With that, I have the six most common New Year’s resolutions that do not last for very long.
1. Work Out More
Is there a more common New Year’s resolution than saying you’re going to get your butt in the gym more often? Not only is it unoriginal and uncreative, it does not last. At all. In my personal experience, my resolution last year was to go to the gym more often. I even bought a gym pass to my local spot. Ask me how many times I went. Go ahead, ask me. ZERO. I did not go once. Furthermore, my brother who is somewhat of a gym rat has told me that gym trainers always make fun of the fact that the first week after the new year is always the busiest, yet slowly but surely, the crowd seems to thin out and only the regulars are left. Surprised? Not me.
2. Eat Healthier
Yeah, right. How many of you out there have gone to a fast food place or a late night grub spot after you leave your New Year’s celebration? My point exactly.
3. Spend Less Time on Facebook
This is probably the easiest resolution to implement. Facebook is the black hole of the Internet: once you get sucked it, good luck getting out. It’s just so easy to access nowadays with smart phones and more and more people spending lots of time at a computer. My advice for those of you who want to spend less time on Facebook – don’t update your Facebook status when the ball drops to say “Happy New Year!”
4. Quit Smoking
I truly wish the most success for you if you are trying to quit smoking for the New Year. You will be healthier, smell better, and have better looking teeth. Smoking cigarettes is an addiction and that is well documented. Something tells me that when a big crystal ball drops in New York City, it will not make it easier to quit smoking. The clock striking midnight and a year changing numbers is not some magical, mystical moment that will rid you from an addiction, but hey, best of luck to you.
5. Drink Less
Could there be a worse time to set a goal of drinking less on the second biggest bar night of the year?
6. Manage Stress Better
This is a good one in my book. Everyone wants to live as stress free as possible. But isn’t managing stress a stressful process in itself? If you’re stressed out, and you know that you’re stressed out, trying to manage that stress will probably leave you even more stressed out if anything! Let’s say you know that you want to manage your stress better but cannot figure out a way to do it, that’s going to be even more stress on your plate! Don’t bother.
Have you had any short-lived New Year’s resolutions? Comment away!