With only just a few hours until the deadline of this article and 2018, I think back to the resolutions I made for 2017, one of which was to not leave things to the last minute. Evidently, that did not work out. So, this leads to the million-dollar question: are new year’s resolutions just wishful thinking?

Each year, many people around the world make resolutions for the next. Why? The most obvious answer for this is that people want to improve themselves by getting rid of bad habits or starting a new hobby, etc. The goal is to improve life in the coming year. It sounds simple but it’s not.

The main problem with setting ourselves goals are that sometimes they can be unrealistic. Or, we set too many resolutions and it gets too overwhelming. After we stop trying to pursue our goals because of this, we feel guilty or disheartened. So we end up thinking, is it all really that worth it? Researchers say that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.

On the other hand, surveys have proven that “people who explicitly make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals people who do not explicitly make resolutions” (source: proactive change). To make your NY’s resolutions more achievable, I recommend keeping it just a bit beyond your limit. Also, try aiming for just a few goals.

Here are some of my suggestions:

1)      Turn your phone off and go out!

2)      Drink more water

3)      Stop biting your nails

4)      Read more

5)      Be more eco-friendly: walk instead of driving, use public transport, turn off the lights, etc.