Why You Shouldn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions


It’s that time of year. Everyone is making New Year’s Resolutions. Here’s why I’m not and why you shouldn’t either.

Calvin and Hobbes - New Year's Resolutions

1. Statistically, 77 percent of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions. 35% of people don’t even make it through January. By not making New Year’s Resolutions in the first place, you are saving yourself from the guilt and shame of being a part of those statistics.

2. January 1st is irrelevant. The date is completely irrelevant. Do you think the universe knows that it’s January 1st? Do you think the sun checks his planner before he decides to keep on shining? Do you think that the squirrel outside your apartment who tortures your dog knows it is January 1st? Nope. The date means nothing, so pick another one. Which leads me to my next point…

3. Why January? January is the month that 89% of Americans watch 73% more Netflix (completely made up statistics) and go in to a glorious hibernation complete with warm sugary beverages and lots of cuddling. January is not even close to an ideal time to decide to make major life changes. Can we have Spring resolutions instead? They’d make so much more sense. This is especially true for all weight loss goals. Let’s get our jog on in spring, mmkay? I’m not trying to break a hip by slipping on ice.

jogging is the worst

4. The fastest way to get discouraged on your weight loss resolution is to get to the gym and find that every single elliptical is taken. I worked at a gym and trust me, good freaking luck getting a machine on January 2nd. Do yourself a favor and wait until at least February when 35% of people have quit. Then you can walk right up to your machine and get your work out on.

5. Fat keeps you warm. It’s winter. You need that extra layer.

6. The sheer quantity of resolutions people make is absurd. If you had a to-do list on a regular day that was 15 items long, you’d probably be stressed out. So why would you make a list of 15 huge, life changing things and try to do them all at once? Makes. No. Sense. People rarely make just one resolution. But I bet if they did, they’d have a higher success rate.

7. Chances are, if you do make a New Year’s Resolution, it will be wildly unrealistic. If you insist on setting making one (yes, just one), consider basing it in reality and making it small, measurable, and achievable. Let’s get all corporate on you and just say, make it a SMART goal.

8. When the time is right to change your life, you’ll do it. I saw a squirrel get hit by a car (wow, two squirrel references in one post. too much? no? okay) on a random day in March and became a vegetarian. It was the sign I needed to make a change. When you see the sign or find the will-power, you’ll make the changes you want to make in your life, regardless of the date.

Calvin and Hobbes Winging It

So in 2014, I’m winging it.

Are you making New Year’s Resolutions? If so, why? If not, why?

  • This makes me feel WAY better about being indecisive about resolutions. (I just scheduled a whole post about it for January 1) I think it’s good to have goals and such, and I like the idea of having a new start at the new year. However, so many resolutions just don’t happen. So if you are going to make one, be sure it’s something you know you’re really going to do and are ready to dedicate to.

  • Hahhaa i love #5.

  • I don’t do resolutions anymore. For the past three years (this will be my third), I’ve done “My One Word,” where I pick one word that will be what I concentrate on for that year.

  • I love this. I’m glad I’m not the only one! Who ever keeps their resolutions? It just makes people feel bad when they end up giving up. I think its ridiculous that people think they have to make up goals to start the new year! If something needs to change in your life, change it. If not, then why put unnecessary pressure on yourself?!

    • Nadine

      Exactly. Very well said.

  • I make New Years Resolutions, but they have nothing to do with weight loss. Mostly they have to do with things like – wearing lipstick more and eating everything off of the Thai restaurant menu.

    • Nadine

      I like those kind of goals. Not to much pressure but still things you’d like to do. I’d like to rock red lipstick more, now that i think about it. I always put it on in the morning and forget to reapply. It makes me nervous.

  • I always make new year’s resolutions, but then again, I also set goals for every season and do goal to-do lists more weeks than not. I’m proud to say that I completed (more or less) all of the resolutions I made this year (and 2/3 of the resolutions I made last year), so I’m feeling like I’d better take advantage of this streak 🙂

    I love the feeling I get at the end of a year where I’ve met (or at least given a good-faith effort) on my resolutions. It makes me feel like each year I’m progressing, you know?

  • I’m not making New Year’s resolutions this year. I started making monthly goals in November and I’m going to keep doing that. 4-5 things I want to work on for 30-ish days is much more attainable that crazy ‘I’m going to change my life’ goals you make that HAVE to start on January 1st. Great post Nadine!

  • This made me laugh out loud, because it is SO me. January comes along, I make unrealistic goals and resolutions to make myself “better” and then I get mad at myself when I fail. But really, I guess I’m not alone! I’ve already made a few for this new year… And chances are they are highly unattainable. Whatev. Cheers to unrealistic goals and dreams 🙂

  • I never make “new year’s resolutions”. Actually that’s a lie, I made one last year to start a blog, but that was IT and since it was one, manageable goal (that I already wanted to do anyways) I stuck to it.

    Since I’m in school, I do make goals for each quarter. I make them concerning school/grades but also centered around other areas of my life. I think they are easier to stick to since quarters are much shorter than the entire year, plus it’s easier to reevaluate after 3 months than after a year. I guess it all depends on how “goal oriented” you are as a person though. I literally NEED lists to make it through the day or else I am completely lost.

  • 100% Agree! I don’t bother making them, they never last and just make me feel worse in the end anyways. (P.S. Love the made up statistics!)

  • This is an awesome post! I don’t normally do resolutions, either… for many of the reasons you just listed! (I used to work in a gym, too… you’re so right- January was CRAZY with all the machines taken all the time!!) However, this year I did decide to set two resolutions. I have a mini one (to remember to send birthday cards to friends and family) and a big one (to stop comparing myself to others).

    I’m not really sure why I decided to do it this year! Whatever it was, I’m kinda excited to challenge myself to be a thoughtful friend/family member and to be more confident in my life decisions 🙂

  • I love this post! You are so great with always having statistics! It’s funny because I do love this post- but I actually have the opposite perspective on some of it. I love using the start of the new year to make a goal or a big change in my life. It feels like a fresh slate- totally new beginning! It feels so nice. But you are right, normally I do set way to many goals and overwhelm myself. This year I just have one resolution- and that is to try to do something new every week for a whole year. I am so excited about this goal- I think it is going to be so fun! If you’re so inclined you can read all about it here: http://mypassionjourney.com/weekly-wishes-pursuing-my-passions-in-2014/

  • No resolutions for me. There is one thing I’m focused on and I’m doing it! I don’t have a bucket list either.

  • I couldn’t agree more. 1 resolution a year is more than enough. I mean if you want to make resolutions like “do my laundry once a month” and “only buy starbucks three times a week” then sure, make 6 resolutions. But life changing goals – one is plenty to accomplish in 365 days!

  • Bri

    #5! OMG dying of laughter! And as much as I hate writing SMART goals, they really are the best type of goals to make. I’ve even been known to walk my 8yo through the process. Don’t judge me.

  • #4 and #5 are perfect! True, it’s cold. Meaning I don’t want to go to the gym to workout to walk out sweaty and potentially get sick. And very true. The gym will be packed. I’ll wait until later to get a gym membership. (I’ve been saying I would get a gym membership for the past 3 months…)

  • First of all, #4 made me laugh my face off. So true. And, #8, also so true! Great post!

  • I’m not really making a resolution but if I were it would be to try to choose joy over stress/negativity more. That being said, I always have a list of goals going, including a list of things I want to accomplish in 2014.

    • Nadine

      Choosing to be positive and finding joy in life is never a bad idea.

  • Okay, but I’m still going to resolve to have a British love affair while I’m over here for three months, so…. but other than that, I’ll be winging it too 😉

    • Nadine

      DO THAT. And please oh please, write about it.

  • This is so true. I never am able to keep my New Year’s resolutions. I even FORGET about them!

    I’m not making resolutions. I’m going to make changes….the ones you and I spoke about 😉

  • I’m making resolutions! Even if the universe doesn’t know it’s January 1st, I do, and I like new beginnings. It makes you feel like you have the chance to change things because new beginnings invigorate people. I definitely don’t have weight loss goals because I don’t need to lose weight, but a couple do include eating better and exercising just so that I can be a healthier person. But I love resolutions! Even if I don’t keep even half of them, I still think it’s a fun tradition.

  • Welp, was just about to write a new years resolution post until this. Thanks for saving me the time haha. Now something else to blog about..

  • I’m loving the double Calvin and Hobbes comics 🙂 I like NY resolutions… Mostly because New Years reminds me to make small changes in the first place. Mine are rarely guilt inducing though… More like “wear lipstick” or “wear more colors”.

  • This is interesting. I’m one who makes no resolutions. Totally agree with No.1 lol and No. 5 is even funny. I need that extra fat, I’ll work out only in Spring 🙂

  • As a person who regularly goes to the gym, I looooaaaathe january at the gym for this exact reason. Get off my damn bike and go home! Also, I tend to make resolutions throughout the year, set myself little goals so I can be excited when I accomplish them.

  • hahaha,,
    exactly! i never make any new year resolutions or anything like that. simply because i never tend to stick to it.

  • I never make resolutions anymore. I feel like if you want to change something about your life, you should just do it when you can… not wait for a specific day, etc. I think that New Year’s resolutions just put too much pressure on people.

  • I do agree that is easy to get discouraged but I do it anyway and shoot for 50%!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I don’t make resolutions because I can’t see the point although I will be trying to have an afternoon nap each day so I can stay awake for a decent amount of time at night and not want to be in bed at 7.30pm

  • I actually did create a resolution but it was very broad and more of a general goal to accomplish and one big focus as oppose to a list…break the diet mentality!

    Happy New Year and cheers to winging it!

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  • Stopping by from the blog hop and I’m so glad I did! HA! A-freakin-mazing! Thank you for saying what needed to be said, and with Calvin and Hobbes to boot! I swear there’s an answer to every problem with their wisdom. Resolutions are over-rated, I do like goal to-do lists though. I start them on my birthday (Jan. 26th), feels more for ME rather than the rest of the universe…

  • I fought it, but eventually I gave in and listed five resolutions that are totally doable. But to be honest, I mostly just did it for the blog.

  • Hands down; so true!

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