Originally printed in Rolling Stone

It’s that time of the year again. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions list? I haven’t made any resolutions for a while now and I have no plans of making them again — ever. Here’s why.

A recent survey of 1,500 Americans showed that the most common resolutions for adults are “doing more exercise (50%), losing weight (48%), saving more money (44%), improving diet (39%), and pursuing a career ambition (21%).”

Do you notice something? It’s all about doing, doing, doing.

The majority of New Year’s resolutions are about doing something or achieving something. So on top of our endless to-do’s and time-starved lives, we add more to-do’s so we can hopefully become version 2.0 of ourselves. But here’s the thing: Resolutions set us up to fail.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for goals and taking care of one’s to-do lists. But with New Year’s resolutions, not so much. We all start the year strong, but the truth is that most of us will not go through with the resolutions we made — at least not for too long. Research shows that 80 percent of resolutions are abandoned by February.

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