The 5 Most Overrated New Year's Resolutions

The 5 Most Overrated New Year's Resolutions

by Marcos Colón
09.23.2010

New Year's is just around the corner and everyone's already thinking up ways that they can correct themselves for 2012. We're talking resolutions people. Some might want to lay off the potty mouth while others may go for more serious commitments like quitting a serious vice. We've come to the conclusion that there are some New Year's resolutions that come back year after year. These overrated resolutions are also the ones that people fail to commit to the most.

#1 Overrated New Year's Resolution: Lose Weight
It's pretty fair to say that everyone and their mothers want to lose weight. But for some reason, New Year's is when it really counts, the one time when you can boast to all of your friends, "I'm going to start losing weight as soon as the clock strikes 12!" Right, sure you are. Chances are there'll be more drinking involved and you'll find yourself eating afterhours pizza until the buzz starts to wear down. That's a good way to start the year!

A diet is one of the easiest things to put off. First it's Monday, then it's the following Sunday, and so on and so on. But for New Year's Eve, instead of trying to be yet another lost case when it comes to your diet resolution, try not drinking for the night if you really mean it, then you're one step closer to actually making this happen.

#2 Overrated New Year's Resolution: Quit Smoking
Here's another tough one. You've been puffing away since junior high, but all of a sudden you're deciding to give up just because it's a new year? Don't take this the wrong way, we definitely condone for you to quit smoking, but you don't have to make it your New Year's resolution. Instead, try doing it on any day of the week just because you want to live longer. Thousands of people desperately try to quit smoking as a resolution, but they don't know that it comes with more pressure.

Once again, people love asking you what your resolution will be this year, and of course, you'll tell them that it's to quit smoking. So what happens if you slip up and they catch you? You definitely won't hear the end of it. Instead, make it a personal goal of yours to quit, and slowly start leaning away from the cancer sticks.

#3 Overrated New Year's Resolution: Quit Drinking
Quit drinking? On New Year's eve? It's pretty hard to believe that you won't toast the night away with a glass of champagne in your hands when the clock strikes midnight, but then again there's always that sparkling cider to take its place. Being able to quit drinking cold-turkey is just about the only 'cold-turkey' anything you could do. This is definitely overrated, especially when it comes to New Year's.

Chances are you'll tell all your family and friends that it's your last night drinking, but just before midnight you'll get so drunk you'll forget it's the New Year, and think it's just a fancy dress party. That's when instead of leaving the bottle, you pick it up more than ever. The next day you'll wake up with a hangover strong enough to take down a gazelle, and the only cure is to have a cold beer. So, think twice about going with this overrated New Year's resolution.

#4 Overrated New Year's Resolution: File Your Taxes in Tme
No one does their taxes on time. Procrastination is at its best when March rolls around and you have to report to the government what you made the previous year (and if it's pennies, it's pennies you get in return!). Sure, it's important to get your papers in line, but what seems to be even more important is dodging the lines at the post office when tax time rolls around. Try and plan things out instead of making this an actual New Year's resolution. Even though you really don't have to fill out much paperwork, it's one of those little tasks that'll stay in the back of your mind.

#5 Overrated New Year's Resolution: Get Out Of Debt
Paying off credit cards, those school loans, or even just saving up some money, this is without a doubt the toughest resolution to go through. Let's say you end 2011 with just a little credit left on that AmEx. Well, chances are you're going to go over your limit if you decide to end the year with a proper bang. Getting out of debt is as tough as sticking to a diet, and we all know how easy it is to dip into your savings if you try to go out for a drink with your friends and stay "on a budget."


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