This Year Resolve To Do Less

shutterstock_99740273Have you resolved to not make any more New Year’s resolutions? If so, who could blame you?

According to some research, as many as 90% of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail to meet them. Another stat I saw stated that 38% of Americans don’t even bother to set New Year’s resolutions in the first place.

Maybe this year it’s time for a different approach. Instead of resolving to do things that you probably won’t do anyway, maybe you should resolve to NOT do something. I call it the “unresolution”.

For example…

  • Instead of resolving to save more, resolve to spend less. One way to spend less is to increase your 401(k) contribution or start a systematic monthly investment from your checking account. When fewer dollars are going into your bank account each month, you have little choice but to spend less. And when you do that, guess what else happens. You save more.
  • Instead of resolving to get more exercise, resolve to sit less. I recently bought a Varidesk – a large contraption to raise and lower my desktop so I can sit or stand as I choose. It’s big and ugly, but it works. Already, I am sitting less.
  • Instead of resolving to lose 10 pounds, resolve not to gain 1. The average person gains about 1-2 pounds a year. Over the years it adds up. Since losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions that people fail to keep, maybe you should resolve to simply “maintain the status quo”. This one is not as easy as you might think. If you do nothing, you will gain a couple pounds. Count on it.
  • Instead of resolving to spend more time with those you love, resolve to spend less time doing things you hate. Do you really like cleaning the house? What about yard work? Pulling weeds? Doing your own taxes? Maybe personal financial planning or managing your investments is not too high on your list. If you enjoy doing those things, great. If not, hire them out and use the time to take your BFF for a bike ride or a long walk instead.
  • Instead of resolving to do more, resolve to commit to less. Your plate is already too full. To say “yes” to one more new commitment, you have to say “no” to something else you have already committed to. There is only so much time in the day. Pick your favorite priorities and drop the others.

Sometimes you just need to look at things from a different angle. This year, instead making a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions you won’t keep, resolve to do more by actually doing less.

Happy New Year!

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