January 5, 2010

4 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Year

resolution_list.jpgTis the season for temporary self-betterment, or in the parlance of our time...New Year's Resolutions. We know a lot of people who make them, but we don't know too many who actually stick to them. A lot of resolutions, at least in our circle of friends, have to do with drinking (mostly along the lines of "As God is my witness, alcohol will never pass these lips again" on New Year's Day...until they're at the bar for the hair of the dog).

We're a bit late with this (shocking we know) but we've put together a list of manageable ways to stick to your resolutions this year...assuming you've even made it this far. Check out our tips for turning over a new leaf without breaking a sweat below.

  1. Don't Make Any Resolutions at All: This is our usual tactic. Why? Because we're damn near perfect as it is, and we don't want to make the gods angry.

  2. Don't Be Afraid to Caveat: The addition of exceptions make your resolutions much more flexible and workable. "I'm going to stop drinking" makes you a stick in the mud. "I'm going to stop drinking...more than 18 beers...during the week...unless chicken wings are involved" makes you a paragon of flexibility.

  3. Support Your Friends: Did your buddy make a resolution to go to the gym every day, and actually do it? Show up at his house with three pizzas and a beer ball to celebrate his willpower. When he politely refuses because he's trying to lose weight (or whatever), he'll still let you stay to eat your pizza and drink your beer while watching his giant flat screen television. If he doesn't, gently remind him that next year's resolution should be to "not be a dick."

  4. Set Reasonable Expectations: It's really easy to quit something you don't do very often, or at all. Tell your friends you're going to stop trying to invade Australia when you play Risk. Or that you're going to stop cutting your toenails in their kitchen sink. Alternately, tell them you're going to stop buying them rounds and see how long they support that.

Have any other ideas for how to create and stick to your half-assed resolutions? Let us know in the comments below.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at January 5, 2010 3:49 PM
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"Lose weight" is at the top of most lists. I don't like the idea of eliminating a cocktail-night-in with my girlfriends and one of them came up with a bunch of cocktail recipes that weren't TERRIBLE for you like the margaritas we were used to drinking. Most were with liquors I had never heard of (TY KU and veev)and they don't look half bad. We haven't had a cocktail night yet this year, but I'm excited to see how "lo-cal" drinks actually taste.

Posted by: Anita at January 8, 2010 4:03 PM
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