Irrespective of the exact words people use to make their promises, New Year's Resolutions always seem to fit into one of these ten categories. Typically they begin with, 'This year I am going to ...
1. Never drink again
January 1st, post-party hangovers inspire this one. Few people ever make the promise last beyond Australia Day but if you're keen to try, there are at least some things you can do to help your body recover. For example, a serious detox at Melbourne's Natural Hot Springs or Japanese Bath House. You could sweat it all out at a Bikram Yoga Centre and also invest in some T2 cleansing tea.
2. Quit smoking (or any other bad habits) The 'no more drinking' promise goes hand in hand with others designed to rid yourself of unhealthy vice, so whether it's smoking, biting your nails or cutting down on caffeine, this one's probably close to the top of your resolutions list.
8232;Of course, any significant change you're going to make is best done in stages, so why not set yourself up with a calendar, and reward stickers for when you reach your targets? Better still, design your own that is completely customised towards your goal and have it printed and bound at Officeworks.
3. Get fit 8232;We all want to tone up, lose the weight we've piled on during Christmas or just improve our personal fitness and Melbourne offers a massive variety of activities that can help you do it. You could jog The Tan, walk up from the city loop train platforms by using stairs instead of escalators or climb 1000 steps. Another option is to find an Outdoor Gym like the one at Coburg Lake Reserve. Whatever you choose, sticking at it is going to be the key.
4. Save Money Financial targets are usually uninspiring when all they are about is cutting back. Try to have fun while spending less with these budget shopping ideas for a start. A ludicrous, way-out there reward can also put a positive spin on your savings so go window shopping at Miss Louise, or the Porsche Centre on Victoria Street and have a look at what you'll be able to afford once you are rich, rich, rich.
5. Quit my lousy, stinking job Ahhh, wouldn't it be great? Many of us realise that this New Year's Resolution is all but a dream, especially if New Year's Resolution Number Four has been a concern. If you could replace your current job with a better, more highly paid position though, it might help you achieve other things.
6. Complete that project
8232; Everybody's got something that they've been meaning to finish and it usually along the lines of 'write my novel', 'landscape the garden' or 'redecorate the spare room' but the truth is, it's never going to happen unless you actually put some time aside to do it.
So,here's where the calender system comes in again. Plot out exactly when you are going to work on your project and if it's one that hasn't shown much progress for a while, maybe a short-course like those offered at LaTrobe, Swinburne or CAE could give you the skills to finish the job.
7. Organise The shed', 'my wardrobe', 'the pantry', etcetera and you after you do, you'll realise with relief how much your subconscious had been drained by the mess .
For a really top clean up job, you're likely to need some storage solutions from places like Howard's Storage World, IKEA or Bunnings You might also need some pretty things from one of Melbourne's designer stationery suppliers such as Smiggle, Kikki K or Typo.
If you're serious about purifying your surroundings and your life, how about a course in Feng Shui?
8. Spend more time with ...
'The kids', 'my dog', 'the elderly'. You've been so busy planning on doing the first seven things on the list, you've started to feel guilty about all the hours those tasks will take away from your other responsibilities. Back to the calendar, where you can schedule some time for important people in your life.
9. Become more charitable
The guilty feeling that inspired Resolution Number Eight often overflows into a general concern for the wider community and the idea that you could be doing more. Melbourne City Mission offers many volunteering opportunities and Oxfam Shops use the money from your purchases to assist the third world. You could commit to buying The Big Issue during 2012 or just be a nicer in Melbourne traffic by letting people into your lane.
10. Put less pressure on myself
This one is the best of all and you can begin right now by not keeping any of your other New Year's Resolutions. Life's hard enough without creating more demands. Preserve your spare time instead and keep it for things like cruising around on the internet, just like you're doing now.