Each December 31st it’s the same: you get hopeful over the New Year ahead…
As it looks so full of possibilities, like everything you set your heart out to do is within reach.. And yet, studies show that over 80% of New Year’s resolutions have already failed by February. But what are the most common fails when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions? Unlike most of the hope-filled Internet articles you’ll find over the next few days, we’re here to tell you about all the things you’re probably going to leave aside two weeks into 2018.
1. Being healthier
Holiday excesses like binging on eggnog or eating three servings of gravy-filled turkey make us dream of January 1st, the day when we’ll finally get our act together and start the path towards looking like Chris Hemsworth or Scarlett Johansson, by a combination of exercise and healthy eating. On the first week of January, gym memberships spike up, parks fill up with people jogging.
A few weeks into the year, it’s pretty much the same people that were there in December. So, good luck with that.
2. Seeing new places
Traveling is expensive and it takes a lot of planning, so unless you’ve already made a habit to saving a little extra to move around (or you’ve created a new budget specifically for that purpose), chances are you’ll end up at a local pool during the summer. Yay, you.
3. Saving more money
Holiday gift shopping leaves a hole in everyone’s pockets, and it feels more important than ever to save during this time of the year. Still, random expenses can be overwhelming, and, let’s face it, you’ll probably feel like you deserve to go out for a few drinks more often that you should. Budgeting is so hard!
4. Increasing family time
Spending more time with the family might seem a bit tougher from the start if you’ve spent time with relations during the holidays. Who needs all that drama?
5. Learning something new
Whether you want to finally learn Portuguese, do a workshop on fancy cocktails or start playing guitar, the fact is that learning new things is hard and takes a lot of time, which you might not feel like using when you work full time. Growing up is the worst.
Still, don’t let this discourage you: about 8% of people do end up fulfilling their New Year’s Eve resolutions, and you could totally be one of them. Go, you!