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Why New Year’s Resolutions

Dont Work Tony Ay explains why New Year’s resolutions are a waste of time

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s the year draws to a close, it’s a time for reflection. Time to reminisce about the good times, and to cringe as the last year’s events flash before your eyes.

olutions is that they’re all too sudden, too drastic. How are we, as the clock strikes 12, suddenly meant to change ourselves and give up our daily habits? The all-or-nothing approach just doesn’t work.

There may be some memories we’d rather not remember, but hey, the new year will give us a chance for a fresh start. It’s time to set some goals for the year ahead. This time, we all tell ourselves, I’ll become a new me. A healthier, more sophisticated, well-rounded version of myself.

The prospect of “You 2.0” being realised seems very slim.

But as everyone knows, you’re never going to keep that New Year’s resolution. One afternoon, you’ll emerge from a long day of lectures, and forget about that new diet as you tuck into some greasy chips. Say goodbye to that gym membership, the only muscles getting a workout will be the ones you text with. Sure, you could be super organised and start that essay, but there are millions of pointless Youtube videos calling your name. Maybe you’ll go gluten free next year. It’s inevitable that New Year’s resolutions will fail, no matter how good your intentions are. Last year, determined I would actually stick with mine, I wrote a detailed list on my phone. Here it is, I thought, I know what I’m going to do and how I’m going to do it. But of course, things didn’t go as planned, I got a new phone, the list was gone, and all was swiftly forgotten. Well, at least I tried. Perhaps the problem with New Year’s res-

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So, I want to suggest that we bin the whole idea of New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I’m proposing an alternative. Let’s put a stop to these unachievable tasks and aim for something we can actually do. Pick a goal that can gradually be achieved. Of course, you won’t develop the spirit of Mother Teresa, the fitness of a marathon runner, or the money-making know-how of Alan Sugar overnight, but you can work towards it. If the most exercise you’ve done all year is lifting your fork to your mouth, don’t expect to do a three-hour gym sesh every day. But you can build up from five minute exercises to half hour sessions. If you want to learn to cook, it might be a jump too far to go from barely being able to fry an egg to making gourmet dishes. So aim for mastering the basics, rather than copying Masterchef. Getting your life together overnight probably won’t happen, but maybe you could limit the procrastination. Think how much extra time you’d have if you only read one BuzzFeed article instead of five. So, I’ve given up. I’m saying sayonara, au revoir, adiós to New Year’s resolutions. Good luck for 2016!

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