New Year

So I am jumping on the bandwagon to talk about New Year’s Resolutions. I hear people everywhere talking about losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money, and de-cluttering in the new year. Instead of talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I would suggest making New Day’s Resolutions. Why wait until some arbitrary date in the future when you can make new and healthy resolutions each and every day?

I used to point to some future date as a starting point for my new good habits. That gave me an excuse not to change my lifestyle that day. It gave me time to gorge, or sit on the couch, or not start that paper, or not clean out the junk room. It gave me one more day, or one more week, or one more month to engage in my gluttonous and lazy ways.

Well, I decided in mid-December not to wait until the new year to start good habits. Yes, I started a better lifestyle right in the middle of December, with all of the craziness of the holidays in full swing. Why wait? Will there be a date in the future where there won’t be any stress, or where I won’t be able to find an excuse? I decided in mid-December that there was no good excuse for changing bad habits into good ones. So I did.

I’m going to give you some advice that a fellow graduate student gave me: “Don’t wait to do your assignments. Do them along the way.” Her point was that they will all pile up at the end of the semester and then, instead of handing in your best work, you will be rushing to do a crappy job.

I say, don’t wait until tomorrow to start healthy habits, otherwise you will end up with a crappy you. Make your New Day’s Resolutions TODAY.