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New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.

— Mark Twain

I’d become so disillusioned with New Year’s resolutions that, in 2001, I wrote a polemic about their futility. After reading it, a friend asked me, "But don’t you believe in setting goals?" Actually, I do. It’s just that I no longer associate my goals with the arbitrary date of January 1. Vic Johnson, motivational speaker and author of the Goals 2 Go blog, seems to agree with me. (Update: And so, apparently, does Betty Baye in her commentary on NPR’s News & Notes with Ed Gordon.)

In the "Blondie" comic strip several years ago, the fun-loving main character Dagwood Bumstead announced that his goals for the new year included logging more hours on the sofa, eating more double-decker sandwiches and taking more baths and naps, because they were all resolutions he could stick to. Inspired by Dagwood, I came up with my own list of failsafe resolutions:

  • flip through more magazines and catalogs
  • pet the cat more often
  • see what’s in the TiVo
  • eat more chocolate (the good stuff)
  • listen to more Pandora
  • do more web surfing

Whoo-hoo! Happy New Year.

Posted January 1, 2006 by Mariva in holidays, resources

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