I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions, so yup.

If there are goals you want to accomplish, you shouldn’t rely on the gimmick of New Year’s resolutions to set them and work hard to keep them. If something is truly an important goal for you, then you shouldn’t wait until Jan. 1 to get started on it.

Want to lose weight? Start right away, even if it’s the holidays. Eating right is about making healthy choices even in the face of temptation. There’s always going to be something in front of you tempting you to “cheat.” The trick is having the strength to either say no or to partake in moderation.

Want to save money or pay off credit cards? Then perhaps don’t buy a ton of presents for people that can’t actually afford. If these people truly love you and know you, they will understand why you couldn’t get them that 4K ultra HD flat screen. Bake them some cookies or do some other simple, less expensive homemade gift. I find most people appreciate the thought and work that goes into that more.

Whatever your goals are, don’t wait. I know it’s mid-February now, so waiting until next Jan. 1 is beyond ridiculous at this point. But there will always be an excuse to wait however long to get started on something. If you want to commit to getting something accomplished, start now.

Published by laura.gaton

I'm a mom to twin boys, wife to someone just as nerdy as me, and a recovering journalist. I've found new life in becoming a veterinary technician assistant.