As a self-diagnosed procrastinator, New Year’s resolutions have never been my forte. On Jan. 1, any promise I make to myself to eat healthier, study, or sleep more is quickly overridden by some flimsy excuse after a couple of weeks. Still, it’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one. The majority of people who set resolutions for the New Year fail to achieve them, and usually give up within the first month or so. I still, however, believe in measurable goals and promising results.
A bad habit is like a hiccup, and the best way to cure a hiccup, (according to every member of my extended family), is with a surprise. The typical hiccup cures (i.e. drinking water upside down or having your friends jump scare you) were devised to “surprise” the body, and usually yield positive results. I apply this same logic to my bad habits. Don’t wait until Jan. 1 to start improving. Instead, start the moment you identify a negative behavioral trend, and surprise yourself. Ten cups of coffee a day will most likely be detrimental to your health, so leave the “I’ll start on Mondays” behind, and start starting.