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5 New Year’s Resolutions You’ve (Probably) Already Broken

by Celine on January 13th, 2008

It’s only a couple of weeks into 2008, the ink is still wet on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, and yet you’ve probably broken some of them already.  Here are some popular resolutions that have probably made it on, and off, your list:

1.  Take it easy on the coffee.  I know, it makes you more productive or focused, but too much of a good thing can be bad.  According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

Coffee does have modest cardiovascular effects such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and occasional irregular heartbeat that should be considered. Studies have been largely inconclusive regarding coffee and its effect on women’s health issues such as breast health, cancer, and osteoporosis.

2.  Exercise and eat healthy. If motivation is your problem, Leo over at zen habits has a list of 31 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise.  As for a healthier diet, the benefits of eating healthier will reflect well on your disposition, skin, and overall health.  If that’s not enough motivation, the consequences of an unbalanced diet should be enough to scare you.  (I know that it scares me, especially since I was sick and hospitalized multiple times during 2007.)

3.  For your own sake, step away from the computer. Not completely, of course, but don’t forget to take some breaks.  Repetitive Strain Injury is an occupational hazard of office workers everywhere.  Have trouble remembering to take breaks?  That’s where programs like WorkRave come in.

4.  Become more organized or productive.   You can’t expect this to happen unless you plan for it.  Getting organized is more than just about the motivation, it also involves creating or applying a system that works for you.  It’s also a continuing process - not something that is done overnight or over one year.

5.  Spend more time with loved ones.   After you read this post, go give your parents, spouse, grandparents, or best friend a call.  Then make an appointment to meet sometime soon.  I myself am guilty of postponing lunch with my best friend.  If we’re not going to make changes now, it might soon be too late.  That may sound morbid, as if I implied death, but I only meant if they move away or start feeling resentment towards you.  Really.

Were any of these your resolutions?  If so, are they left unbroken so far?  Share it with us in the comments.

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