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The Ten Top New Years Resolutions for 2017 - Still Trying to Improve!


Most of us share the Top Ten New Years Resolutions

I'm sick and tired of not keeping my New Year resolutions, this time I'm hard as nails, I'm determined to succeed!

I'm not the only one, people everywhere make resolutions for the New Year and people everywhere have trouble sticking to them. Is this you too? We probably share the same resolutions as well.

What's on your list? Mine includes many of the items listed below, but this isn't about my New Years Resolutions, but the Top Ten Resolutions.

Most Common New Year Resolutions

So, these are the Top Ten New Years Resolutions. Write them down and see how successful you are at keeping them. I hope that you have more success than I've had in my resolutions over the years. Happy New Year!

1. Stop Smoking

It's so easy to drop one vice and pick up another - overeating. When you quit smoking the food tastes so much better! Incredibly delicious! Your taste buds came alive after quitting. And it's so easy to substitute the cigarette in your mouth for a chocolate bar. Carry chewing gum. Have sticks of celery close to hand. Drink lots and lots of clean fresh rejuvenating water - pure water - your body craves it.

This will be my third quit campaign. I've done it twice and held on - once for almost two years - but I fell by the wayside. Now I realise that my response to stress is to reach for a cigarette and, let's face it, who doesn't have a stressful life these days? So this time I'm taking an active stand about stress. When it hits me, I will drink some cool, clear, water. I'll take a stroll around the block. The craving for nicotine should be controlled and, who knows, my stress may very well have disappeared too.

Many people find the will to quit when they read a book about just what a terrible habit smoking is. How it makes you smell, how it controls your life, how often you do things just so you can have a cigarette, apart from the health risk that smoking brings.

My 2017 Resolution : I'm going to stay on the wagon and kick this foul (and very expensive) addiction once and for all. What spurs me to succeed this time is the cost of the cigarettes!

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I really am so tired of fighting this battle over and over, I give up the smokes, something stressful happens and I'm back on the cigarettes again. This year I'm determined to stop for good.

2. Take Health Seriously

This resolution isn't about exercise or about slogging away at the gym or at home. Not at all.
This resolution is where you START to get into your new healthier lifestyle, it's about taking your body seriously.

First of all it's taking a good, hard look at what food you eat. How much meat do we really need? Does that headache mean caffeine craving or that an eye test is necessary? A good start is getting more water into our daily diet. I'm going to aim for at least a litre of water each day and that's just to start off with and I don't mean water in my coffee.

Make a real commitment to listen to what your body tells you.

Practical things you can do to boost your fitness level (without really trying)

3. Lose Weight - the Battle of the Bulge

The main reason to lose weight is for health, not appearance.Nearly 112,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.

  • The risk of death rises with increasing weight
  • Even moderate weight excess (10 to 20 pounds for a person of average height) increases the risk of death, particularly among adults ages 30 to 64.
  • Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased risk for some types of cancer
  • For every 2-pound increase in weight, the risk of developing arthritis increases by 9 to 13 percent.
  • The incidence of heart disease is higher in persons who are overweight or obese

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4. Enjoy Life More.

Make an effort to be positive

That's easier said than done, isn't it? No, not all the time.

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Sometimes I have to give myself a good kick in the pants. I try the old-fashioned 'Count your Blessings' for a while and that can clear the air for a bit. When I think of the 10,000 dead in the Philippines typhoon, I'm really grateful for the roof over my head, for my little garden (even though it needs a lot of work), for my family (even though I still squabble with some of them) and I'm grateful that I can put food on the table at any time.

I use only positive words to myself and I've found that instead of saying "I will achieve it!", what works for me is when I say "I will do my very, very best"..

My 2017 Resolution : For 10 minutes in the early morning and for 10 minutes last thing at night, I will focus on the good things in my life.

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5. Quit Drinking

This one is tough. If you were like me and thought you were an occasional drinker, then please take a few moments to think again.

Recommended Safe Limits of Alcohol

Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week (and no more than four units in any one day).

Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week (and no more than three units in any one day)

What is a unit of alcohol?

One unit of alcohol is 10ml (1cl) by volume, or 8g by weight, of pure alcohol. For example: one unit of alcohol is about equal to:

half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider (3-4% alcohol by volume), or

a small pub measure (25ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume), or

a standard pub measure (50ml) of fortified wine such as sherry or port (20% alcohol by volume).

Three pints of beer, three times per week, is at least 18-20 units per week. That's nearly the upper weekly safe limit for a man. However, each drinking session of three pints is at least six units, which is more than the safe limit advised for any one day.

A 750ml bottle of 12% wine contains nine units. If you drink two bottles of 12% wine over a week, that is 18 units. This is above the upper safe limit for a woman.

I was knocking back 3 to 4 bottles of chardonnay a week! I didn't realise that I was way over the limit for a long time.

6. Organise Yourself - this is one of the keys to reaching your goals


I had to work really hard on this one. Remember when it was said that the computer would usher in the Era of the Paperless Office? Ha to that! Almost at once I had five times the amount of paper.

Worse than that, I never seemed to have time to do all of my jobs and the one that was invariably left out was my house. There's nothing worse than having a messy cluttered house, it makes you feel messy and cluttered too.

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7. Learn Something New


With access to the internet, we are no longer restricted by time. All of us can learn at any time of the day or night.

You don't have to step out of your home to learn something new or pursue your interest. Try one of the many online courses and learn at your own pace from the privacy of your own computer.

8. Get out of Debt

Gas prices are through the roof, food prices aren't far behind, jobless rolls are increasing, the mortgage mess is continuing, the housing market is still tanking, and the "R" word is on everyone's lips.

More and more people are turning to credit cards and home equity loans just to stay afloat and some are even using credit cards to pay their mortgages.

Make a determined effort to cut back some of your debt this year - you have to start somewhere.

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  • Debt Snowball
    When you start knocking off the easier debts, you will start to see results and you will start to win in debt reduction.

9. Spend More Time With Family

Make a resolution to spend more time with your family this year.

Schedule family time

At least one day a week sit down to dinner with your family. Eating together, talking together, you can share your successes, and create an atmosphere safe enough to share failures.

Get your family involved in chores such as meal planning. Plan your menus for the month during your next family dinner and you'll have a captive audience.

My 2017 Resolution : I'm going to stop squabbling with a couple of family members. I'll put the past aside and concentrate on the good things in a family. Life is too short for childish bickering.

10. Help People.

Volunteering is an important expression of citizenship and an essential component of democracy. It means the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society and the community. It's undertaken freely and by choice, without concern for financial gain and can be a fulfilling and gratifying experience.

Make those Resolutions stick! Set your Goals

Make this the year for success

No matter what you've done or failed to accomplish in the past, that was then and this is now!

Let's starting by projecting forward and then thinking back. Project forward to the end of the next twelve months and ask yourself, "If everything happens perfectly, what will it look like?"

Write down your goal.

Write down a list of all the little steps you have to take to reach your goal.

Prioritise those steps.

Do something every day to take yourself along the steps towards your goal.

What's the Most Important New Years Resolution for You?

We all have our New Years Resolution every year. What's your number one resolution?

© 2007 Susanna Duffy

What are your New Years Resolutions? - We all make them, let's work to keep them

Vladimir from Australia on January 19, 2014:

I'm going to take things easy and not worry too much

mstcourtjester on January 07, 2014:

Basically my new years resolution is to do everything I already do, just a little bit better :)

dawnrenee88 on December 28, 2013: I have just published this lens. It's a lens about organizing fitness items.

Value Apartments from London on December 04, 2013:

Just published -

jimconrad2 on November 25, 2013:

Enjoy the present moment as much as possible while making progress on all my goals.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 17, 2013:

I've been thinking of starting now on my resolutions. I need a head start before January comes around.

mariacarbonara on August 08, 2013:

The trick is to try and not take on too many at once. Do stuff that you can actually live with. Also do it with another person so that you can encourage each other.

Adrienne Jenkins on February 15, 2013:

Good luck with your goals this year. Shifting toward a plant based diet is on the top of my list.

Science-Fiction-Fan on January 21, 2013:

Sadly I seem to make the same 3 resolutions each year - but this year I'm determined to keep them

jessjohnson lm on January 05, 2013:

I love this lens! :) thanks

cmadden on January 01, 2013:

Groan! Does this mean I have to be good? Ah, there we go - agoofyidea's idea works for me: I'll resolve to be bad, so then I'll be good! :-} Think it'll work?

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

Great list! Love all the book suggestions! I also found a good resolution at It is really going to help me be happier where I am now in my life.

anonymous on January 01, 2013:

Thanks to the Fresh Start Program, settling your tax problems is a very real, attainable New Year's Resolution, you can keep. The rest - just chatter.

jimconrad2 on December 29, 2012:

Relevant lens!! Looks like everyone will keep drinking.

mecheshier on December 28, 2012:

Fantastic lens. Great info here. Thanks

anonymous on April 30, 2012:

For the last couple of months I have been quietly working on some of the foundations for my plan.

One task and one day at a time!

2012 is going to be a year of growth, of new beginnings and of change for meâ¦â¦â¦

I am finally up to date with collating all the products I have on my hard drive (yes there were thousands) all into their niches, years and licenses.

This took me hours and hours and hours.

So very soon I will be putting together some fantastic private and master resell rights packages together for offer.

I will be completely revamping my subscriber membership with lots of regular giveaways, plus I will be creating a very special exclusive membership site for you with lots and lots of free training I have sourced for you.

To those of you on my lists, I just want to say thank you for being loyal and patient with me, you will be receiving notice of the changes soon plus the regular freebies will be beginning very soon too!

anonymous on April 30, 2012:

I will be straight up hereâ¦â¦.

If you are a mummy with toddlers and husband (Yes! Hubbys take up time too!) it can sometimes be near impossible to get online and get study done!

By the time everyone is asleep I want to sleep myself!!

Yes there have been days when I have tried to get online when they are home and truthfully it does not work!!

My little one just does not understand the concept of âMummy has to do some studyâ and looks at me every 5 minutes wanting to play or show me something or go somewhere!

agoofyidea on March 30, 2012:

Every year I say I am going to lose weight and then I gain weight. Maybe I should resolve to gain weight. No. I don't think that will work. Great lens.

Renee Jaco Whitfield from Bogalusa, Louisiana , United States of America on March 12, 2012:

this year i've got several new years resolutions, thanks to wanting another baby = ] last years resolution has still been kept I quit smoking = ]

turnerpool on March 03, 2012:

Great Lens! Very informative and clear about everything. I find myself that lifting weights can help keep me fit and healthy. Although they can be a bit expensive, i did find some Cheap weights at if anybody is interested. I helps keeps the pounds off of me, why not try them yourself?

megabu717 on February 01, 2012:

Nice list of resolution especially that 4 out 10 them does not refers to me: I donât smoke, donât drink, and donât have debts, and I donât need to loose weight. I think if I focus on resolution lucky number 7 - learn something new the other points will get done as "a side effect " :) I'm already working on number 7. Thanks for reminding me how important it is.

megabu717 on February 01, 2012:

Nice list of resolution especially that 4 out 10 them does not refers to me: I donât smoke, donât drink, and donât have debts, and I donât need to loose weight. I think if I focus on resolution lucky number 7 - learn something new the other points will get done as "a side effect " :) I'm already working on number 7. Thanks for reminding me how important it is.

ImpartialGreg on January 30, 2012:

How about: Stop making new years resolutions I do not follow?

Pastor Cher from United States on January 29, 2012:

I've stopped making "resolutions" so I would stop lying to myself. "Thou shalt not lie" even to yourself took on a whole new meaning. Since I don't make them, I seem to be doing better at my goals. Wish I learned that years ago, I would have saved myself a lot of guilt. Your list pretty much sums up what we all need to do. I can cross off the smoking & drinking items since I don't do them, but do I really have to cross off all sweets?

ohcaroline on January 25, 2012:

I'm working on the weight, fitness, organization things mostly. Best wishes on quitting smoking.

mobilebillingandpayments on January 24, 2012:

Quitting smoking has always been my NY's resolution!

Pip Gerard on January 21, 2012:

a top quality lense Susanna.. but all your lenses are. I hope you had a fabulous Chrissie and New Year. ⥠x

Bob Zau on January 21, 2012:

Great top ten list and another well done lens.

Bob Zau on January 21, 2012:

Great top ten list and another well done lens.

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on January 20, 2012:

Interesting top ten, and I've set and re-set a few of these myself. I don't always succeed, but I feel like it's the effort that counts. And I usually improve on these things at least. Will add this to my lens of top ten lists.

GreenMind Guides from USA on January 18, 2012:

This is a cool and thoughtful lens. It's a little daring to venture into a lens about a subject that can be so personal, but I think you handled it with style and confidence. You write really well and obviously care about your work. Thank you!

E L Seaton from Virginia on January 15, 2012:

Nicely done with lots of room for improving in several areas as for as myself. Thanks for the much needed reminders.

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

Great lens. And remember that if you are taking the time to make a resolution that you make one that is feasible for you to accomplish.

VillaDejaBlue on January 12, 2012:

Nice lens.

sousababy on January 09, 2012:

Well done . . I think you've covered every possible resolution I've ever heard. Mine is to spend more time with family (and get my department 'out of dept' - ha). Stay well, Rose

ekogde on January 09, 2012:

From year to year i'm try to quit smoking,quit smoking is my 1st agenda when enter to new year..but till now still not succeed.

pyngthyngs on January 08, 2012:

Thanks for the reminder of things I am not doing in my life. :)

Angel_Lou on January 08, 2012:

New Year's resolutions - just doesn't work for me.

Nice lens anyway!

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on January 07, 2012:

I probably chose the wrong resolution. Maybe it should have been make $100 a month on Squidoo or get out of debt. hmmm

aquarian_insight on January 07, 2012:

I love your lens - yep, they're all my resolutions too. Some great tips and advice here. Good luck to all of us!

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on January 06, 2012:

They are all mine too! :)

noel rocs on January 06, 2012:

yep, most of those are on my list. Lose weight is my first one. Spend more time with my family (not just immediate). Organize my life! Pay off some debt. etc

youprintcoupons on January 06, 2012:

Great Lens, New Years alway a new start to something:)

Wendy Leanne from Texas on January 06, 2012:

Super lens. =) I've been working steadily on getting fit and losing most of the weight I packed on with my 3 back to back pregnancies. I'm working on learning more about exercise and nutrition so I can better meet my fitness goals.

Ken Parker from Tacoma, Wa on January 06, 2012:

Great Lense

katiecolette on January 06, 2012:

Staying fit, getting organized, spending more time with family, and helping people are my top priorities this year.

Thrinsdream on January 06, 2012:

I don't have new years resolutions as such but my ambition for life is to stay happy and live my life to the full. This was a superb lens from beginning to end. Well I quit smoking a few years ago, stopped drinking a few years ago, have no debt now, so all I have to do now is ensure I get to my ultimate fitness and stay happy! WOOHOO I'm loving the sound of that. Thank you for such a brilliant lens. Cathi xx ps good luck with your new years resolutions! Somehow I doubt you need it!

iPadGeek on January 05, 2012:

Losing weight has been on every new years list for me since I can remember :) And I'm glad that a majority of people also agree with me according to your poll.

dogface lm on January 05, 2012:

Great list! Numbers 2 and 7 are the most important for me.

cutedevil308 on January 05, 2012:

almost i don have bad habits and 50% of them i started from couple of years ago. nice article.

anonymous on January 05, 2012:

Well, I took the poll and found that I'm decidedly in the minority because I didn't make any resolutions. Chalk it up to years of experience in making them and not keeping them, perhaps.

mary lighthouse15 on January 05, 2012:

losing trying. great lens!

anonymous on January 05, 2012:

great uplifting lens! pushes your readers to do something good for ourselves or others around us.

dognut4 on January 05, 2012:

give up smoking ............... again !

SecondHandJoe LM on January 05, 2012:

I am going to master SEO this year (muttering under my breath un huh)! If I do, you will all know!! Good Luck!

Fay Favored from USA on January 02, 2012:

I no longer make resolutions that keep me in stress. But I am striving to spend more time in person or by phone with family.

baby-strollers on January 02, 2012:

I can tell you what is wasn't - quit drinking!

Shana rios Chavez on January 02, 2012:

great lens thanks!!!

Shana rios Chavez on January 02, 2012:

great lens thanks!!!

deckdesign on January 02, 2012:

Great list of top ten New Years Resolutions and resources. The big resolution for me this year is to get out of debt. We are using Dave Ramsey's debt snowball and I recommend it to anyone that is interested in paying down your debt and getting control of your finances.

futuresadmin on January 02, 2012:

How would you keep yourself motivated and stick to achieving the goals that you have set? In the past 10 years, you have not achieved them, so why is 2012 so special? Sorry, this is a question that I have been asking myself.

rockhardtreats1 on January 02, 2012:

You can do any of these if you really CRAVE to do them. Will power, determination and a passion for something will lead to some amazing results.

MoonMaa on January 02, 2012:

I wish you well and ease in accomplishing your new year goals!

MoonMaa on January 02, 2012:

I wish you well and ease in accomplishing your new year goals!

appletv on January 02, 2012:

These look like my new year's resolutions too!! This time I´m committed to achieving them. Hope you achieve them too.

LDWorld on January 02, 2012:

In 2012 I want to get fit and lose weight, I made a lense about top fitness trends for 2012.

BusyMOM LM on January 02, 2012:

Great ideas. Have a happy, healthy, new year.

Expertmom on January 02, 2012:

I don't make these resolutions but I think a list like this is very useful for anyone that would like to improve something in their lives. Any day is a good one to start for that :-) Cool lens!

angelaedwards11 on January 02, 2012:

Nice lens and happy new year...

anonymous on January 02, 2012:

anonymous on January 01, 2012:

I didn't make any last year so I decided to think of some for this year including getting fit and can say that after putting off for many weeks, I finally worked out today. Great lens

jimmyworldstar on January 01, 2012:

My goal is to set more time aside for exercise. Between family obligations and work, I rarely get a good window of time to go to the gym so I have to settle for running in the morning or night and my own home gym.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on January 01, 2012:

Great lens! Blessed. Happy new year.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on January 01, 2012:

Great lens! Blessed. Happy new year.

digitaltree on January 01, 2012:

Nice Lens. One of my new year resolution is to get a purple star and lens of the day.

Edutopia on January 01, 2012:

The most important part about a New Years Resolution is that you have to make sure that it is feasible for you. There is no point in making lofty goals for yourself when you know due to whatever reasons that they are bound to not come through.

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on January 01, 2012:

This New Year's Day morning I thought this was a good article to read to motivate me to set -- and prioritize -- my goals for the year. Thanks for your suggestions. Getting 'organized' is a high priority this year for me. Happy New Year to you. :)

JohnMichael2 on December 31, 2011:

also getting a purple star or maybe two

JohnMichael2 on December 31, 2011:

Since I don't smoke, I'll tackle a few of the others... including getting fit and debt elimination

Sadheeskumar on December 29, 2011:

Good lens. I every year set my own set of resolutions and sticking to it till end of January, after that I never know that where I missed that path.. Hope this year, I would follow them till December. Thanks for your thoughts.

miaponzo on December 29, 2011:

Actually.. after revisiting this one.. I'm going for this.. it's perfect! Blessed!

browse4 on December 29, 2011:

Great Lens- finance has got to be a priority for most under the current economic situation.

lftypjk900 on December 29, 2011:

I love your lens. I am going to share with my son. He wants to quit smoking and I think this read will do the trick for him!!

bshook on December 27, 2011:

Great lens, and so true...resolutions are usually difficult to keep. I think most people decide what they want to accomplish in the coming year, but have a difficult time implementing a plan. Typically, we fail to plan, and set ourselves up for failure before we start. If we could all decide what we want, create a realistic plan/schedule, read it once in the morning and night, then take action consistently for three weeks, we would all have much greater success in the new year.

I believe the reason we fail to implement, is because we lack true motivation that is an emotional driver. For example, for me, I want to live long so I can be around for my family. When I imagine my life without them, or my family without me, my heart sinks, and that my friend is all I need. The key is to take the time, decide what you want, decide WHY and make it emotional, then create a plan and make it easy for your to take action steps daily and then do it...because you have a reason bigger than yourself.

My resolution is to dream big, create a plan by working backwards from my goals that I can accomplish in daily tasks, and then implement consistently. As long as I don't lose sight of my motivation anything is possible!

Tjoedhilde on December 27, 2011:

I think my pick from the list would be number 9. Although I usually refrain from doing any new years resolution and rather try to make the changes immediately when I realize a change is warrented. :) Great list though and all really good suggestions.

anonymous on December 25, 2011:

I seem to make and break all of these resolutions every year. This year, I'm going to take a hint from the book Switch by Dan and Chip Heath. They recommend using a simple checklist to make sure you do the things you intend to do. I'm going to create a daily checklist to check off the behaviors associated with my resolutions. Merry Christmas, Susanna and all the best for the New Year!

revenue4u on December 24, 2011:

Terrific lens. Squid liked. I have the same resolution as last year, lose the love handles. This year, I mean it.

Katie Harp on December 22, 2011:

beautiful new years lens. blessed by a squid angel! :) <3

fullofshoes on December 22, 2011:

Hard to pick a number one NY resolution... there's a few I need to think about!!

anonymous on December 19, 2011:

Exercise regularly is exactly what I need to do every year I do it sporadically and don't get into the habit. I also plan to work on organizing my time better. I just started using an app called "Big Change" to help me track my progress.

Paul Turner from Birmingham, Al. on December 17, 2011:

Good lens!

TrentAdamsCA on December 17, 2011:

This year it's all about #4 -- writing about things I'm passionate about and publishing my novel. Thanks for your well thought out lens -- good resources, and it's helpful to check in about priorities and goals.

NickyT LM on December 16, 2011:

A thought provoking list with some real reminders about what is truly important.

Tamara14 on December 09, 2011:

Now this is a great reminder of what should really be important to all of us. Things so easily get out of control without us even noticing it. I myself have most problems with regular physical activities and with enjoying things around me. I'm putting both on my 2012 "must improve" list:) Great lens! Blessed~

Michey LM on December 09, 2011:

Yes I do make resolutions, basically to discipline myself and make them happen... LOL

I was looking at my last year resolutions... so 50% done - 20% actions still in progress, 30% no way can be done... Well, I am not perfect, but I try my best and usually I try to learn from mistakes.

I like your lens


Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on December 09, 2011:

I don't really make resolutions, but sometimes there is something that I want to start or improve for the upcoming year. Right now, my goal, or resolution is to do more volunteering. Currently, all I've had time for is to volunteer at the animal shelter, but there is an opportunity out there to help at risk children, it's a much bigger committment, but I hope to be involved by mid-year.

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on December 09, 2011:

Oh and you have nothing for people like me on your poll !(I can't be the only one not making resolutions?)

Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on December 09, 2011:

I never take any New years Resolutions: it saves me a lot of stress (so no stress = no smoke, no binge eating, no drinks, I enjoy life more, no money spend on a psycho-whatever). So no resolution is actually the way to go!

TIRMassageStone1 on June 28, 2011:

Good list.

HowBoutThis on June 09, 2011:

I look forward to working my way through your reading list.


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