8 Of The Most Common
(And Often Broken)
New Year’s Resolutions
By Patti Sunio
This list is not meant to discourage you, but rather challenge you to actually follow through with what you’ve promised yourself. They say the secret to achieving your goals is actually to create systems, routines, habits, that you can stick to all year round until eventually, you reach your goal.
Here’s a list of the common New Year’s resolutions we often make—and break, but hopefully, not this time around:
How to make it happen: Avoid situations that may call for it, e.g. drinking sprees. If you must, start the year right by making a public announcement already, so your yosi break buddies already know not to invite you. It might help to think of how much money you’ll be saving by cutting off cigarettes.
Common excuses: No time to prepare food, healthy food is expensive, or that there is hardly any healthy food stops around your office. Well, you know what they say, “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” And if you’re dead serious about starting off a healthier you, then you’ll definitely make the extra effort—be it waking up extra early to prepare your baon, to researching easy-to-do healthy recipes you can make on your own.
Open a separate bank account that you won’t touch—ever. Make your mother or your significant other a witness, or a keeper of your savings account. Tell them to reprimand you in case the time comes and you insist on withdrawing money from it. Another practice is setting aside a portion every paycheck, and then making do with what’s left for your daily expenses.
Make reasonable goals. If daily trips to the gym are impossible with your line of work, then stick with a plan that’s actually doable. Three times a week is so much better than an occasional one or twice a month, or exercising only when you feel like it.