It’s an in­evitable fact of life that hu­mans make and break prom­ises - even those to our­selves. In the spirit of keep­ing all the prom­ises we make this year, here are ten of our favourite res­o­lu­tions to not make!

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At the end of the day, it’s all about cul­ti­vat­ing good habits to make a change for the bet­ter!


Liv­ing in a food-cen­tric coun­try like Malaysia makes it very, very dif­fi­cult to only eat healthy food. That’s why it’s eas­ier and more fea­si­ble to not re­strict your­self too fully. In­stead, make a pledge to make health­ier choices when you can. On good days, you can opt for sal­ads, or for grilled pro­tein with a side of greens. And for those days you ab­so­lutely need that fried chicken, don’t fight the bat­tle. If you must, eat a smaller por­tion!


It can be im­mensely de­mor­al­is­ing to pledge your­self to los­ing weight, only to step on the scales months later to find that noth­ing has changed! To this end, it’s a bet­ter idea to re­solve to be ac­tive when­ever pos­si­ble, leav­ing weight loss en­tirely out of it. Join a yoga class, and in­dulge in week­end hikes to get your mus­cles burn­ing! Re­mem­ber: the sec­ond it starts to be­come a chore, you’ll start to make ex­cuses to avoid do­ing it. Keep it fun and fresh to avoid that.


This one is a tough cookie. While meet­ing new peo­ple should def­i­nitely be on the list of to-dos, some of us sim­ply don’t ben­e­fit from it as well as oth­ers. So don’t re­solve to meet new peo­ple if you don’t want to. In­dulge in your ex­tro­vert side, and spend time to take care of your­self. Strengthen bonds and re­la­tion­ships with the peo­ple clos­est to you by spend­ing more time with them, too.


While do­nat­ing money to char­ity is al­ways a good thing to do, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that you should al­ways take care of your­self be­fore you can take care of oth­ers. In­stead of forc­ing your own hand when it comes to do­na­tions, try and do­nate some­thing like your time, or books and other things you no longer need but think oth­ers could ben­e­fit from. Be sure to check that they are in good con­di­tion be­fore pack­ing them up and bring­ing them to des­ig­na­tion do­na­tion drives! Of course, in times of cri­sis, it’s good to do­nate what­ever you can, too, but you should never feel forced into it!


A clean house is def­i­nitely nec­es­sary, but in­stead of forc­ing your­self to clean every sin­gle part of your home all at the same time, it could be eas­ier to sched­ule smaller tasks ahead of time, so that you can get a lit­tle bit done at a time. A good way to keep a clean kitchen is to give your­self 5-minute clean­ing win­dows. Wait­ing for the ket­tle to boil? Put away dry plates. Wait­ing for the cof­fee ma­chine to be

ready? Wash up that dish you’ve got soak­ing. The point is not to re­strict your­self to an ex­haus­tive sched­ule, but rather, to cul­ti­vate good habits that will take you fur­ther.


With on­line shop­ping eas­ier than ever be­fore to get into, it can be tempt­ing to buy a mil­lion and one things you think you’ll need! Still, go­ing cold turkey isn’t ex­actly the right way to go. In­stead of cut­ting off your shop­ping en­tirely, re­solve to con­sider whether you re­ally need some­thing be­fore mak­ing the splurge. Take a few days to think on some­thing if you like it. Be care­ful to go through the ex­tra steps of check­ing re­views if you’re shop­ping on­line to avoid end­ing up with some­thing you’ll throw out with­out us­ing.


In a busy world like ours, get­ting enough sleep can be some­thing of a fan­tasy. Don’t re­solve to sleep more sim­ply for the sake of it, how­ever - re­solve to find that sweet spot of sleep­ing just enough to func­tion at your best, and never more. Lin­ger­ing in bed can de­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els if you do it too often, so save your snug­gling time for the week­ends and stick to a sched­ule on worknights. It’s also help­ful to keep your tech away from the bed­room, to en­cour­age sleep­ing when you’re meant to.


Cul­ti­vat­ing a greener life­style goes be­yond merely re­cy­cling! A large part of it lies in what you use and what you buy. Con­sider bring­ing your own pack­ag­ing to buy loose items in the su­per­mar­ket, such as glass jars for grain and other ne­ces­si­ties, as well as re­us­able con­tain­ers for wet gro­ceries. Think about buy­ing less, and only when you need - this in­cludes ev­ery­thing, from tech­nol­ogy, books, and art sup­plies, to more ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties like cloth­ing and food.


There’s an age old gen­er­al­i­sa­tion that read­ing some­how makes one smarter. And while that may hold true for some cases, it’s im­por­tant to know that read­ing can come in many shapes and forms - books, news, web­sto­ries, and such. Re­solve to stop this gen­er­al­i­sa­tion! Read if you like, but un­der­stand that you stand to gain knowl­edge from other sources like doc­u­men­taries, news channels, or even dis­cus­sions with peers about the state of the world. And at the end of the day, en­joy your free time as you will! After all, it’s called free time for a rea­son, and if you don’t en­joy books, there’s ab­so­lutely noth­ing wrong with it.


Although it is im­por­tant to save money, this one can be a toughie, and we all know that life is un­pre­dictabil­ity and can get in the way. You can try to set aside a small amount of your salary every month, but don’t beat your­self up about it if you can’t. In­stead, try and cul­ti­vate a habit of shop­ping care­fully when it comes to the lit­tle things like gro­ceries. Check the dis­count se­lec­tion for fresh pro­duce - it may be less than per­fect, but most of the time, they are still per­fectly ed­i­ble! You can also con­sider var­i­ous other habits; in­stead of eat­ing out as often, cook at home. In­stead of tak­ing cabs ev­ery­where you go, hitch a ride with some­one head­ing in the same di­rec­tion. When these changes are put into place, you’ll slowly and steadily see im­prove­ment in your bank ac­count - all with­out the nag­ging and sti­fling feel­ing that you should’ve put away fifty per­cent of your last pay­cheque.

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