Every year newspapers, magazines, and websites post lists of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions along with suggestions on how to make a resolutions list and keep it. It’s as predictable as the appearance of holiday decorations and airings of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Looking back at resolutions made at the start of 2011, researcher Alexander Cherney found that losing weight was the top goal of surveyed Americans, with over 40% listing it as their top resolution. Unfortunately, it’s also at the top of the list of unachieved resolutions. Along with losing weight, getting fit or exercising more is also a popular resolution, as is eating healthier.
The important thing in choosing a resolution is to pick goals that are achievable over the long-term. It also depends on your ability to develop new habits and the discipline to keep them throughout the year. For example, trying to save money may be difficult when it comes time to find a new apartment. Having the will power to keep your year-long budget in mind will keep you from splurging on the condo you can’t afford in favor of the smaller unit that will help you meet your goals.
Other popular resolutions, according to government statistics:
- Get a Better Job
- Drink Less
- Quit Smoking
- Manage Debt
- Take a Vacation
- Spend More Time with Family/Friends
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