Top 10 New Year's resolutions - and some ideas on how to keep them this year.
1) Learn something new.
2017 resolution: Learn to play the piano.
What happened: You realized you'd have to buy a piano and gave up.
2018 resolution: Learn to speak Italian.
What will happen: You'll find a terrific program online (check out Babel.com and rosettastone.com) and reward yourself for completing it with a trip to Italy.
2017 resolution: Go to the gym at least three times a week.
What happened: You went to the gym three times.
2018 resolution: You'll start walking briskly/and or climbing stairs for 10 minutes every other day (in condo hallways or at a mall if the weather is bad) and gradually build it up to 30 minutes.
3) Drink much less alcohol and much more water.
2017 resolution: Booze on weekends only and 2 liters of water every day.
What happened: No booze on Jan. 1 but back to drinking on Jan 2. Water? What's that?
2018: Until Valentine's Day, you'll choose just one drink on weekdays (one cocktail, a beer, glass of wine or after-dinner drink ), then extend that to weekends only, then set a two drink limit on each day of the weekend. Long weekends are negotiable. At the same time, you'll drink one glass of water every day, and every month, add another glass of water until, by summer, you're drinking 6 glasses of water a day
4) Answer emails, pay bills on time, be punctual.
2017: Do all of the above
What happened: Nothing
2018: Begin by answering at least one email by the end of the day and paying one bill on time at the end of the week. Set a watch ahead by 7 minutes and consult your watch, not your smart phone for the time. Prepare for appointments as if they were 15 minutes earlier.
5) Find or dump a partner/spouse (or do both, but not simultaneously).
2017: Start a whole new life.
What happened: You checked out Match.com, despaired, and went back to watching Big Bang Theory
2018: Do everything possible to salvage a relationship that's not working, try to communicate better, see a family therapist. If nothing works, get your ducks in order to prepare for a clean break. Do the spade work for digging up a new partner. Read and talk to people about how to navigate online dating, then post a killer of a profile and picture on sites for older people and niche sites that suit you. Be honest (well, almost; everybody shaves off a few years.)
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