Every year in late December, people start thinking about things to do in order to improve their quality of life that they plan to enact on the first day of the calendar year.

The idea of a new year is a powerful one that may suggest a micro-level rebirth to the sluggish progression of life's monotonous event cycle. Or, if you're a glass-half-empty persona like myself, it's just another endless collection of 24-hour days of the same old crap.

In any event, By 13.January, the concept of personal reform has been forgotten.

I assert that the current resolution failure rate is based on timing. 1.January is an awful time to make huge alterations in one's personal habit collective. It immediately follows a spending, eating, and loafing spree known as 31.October-31.December, and it's too cold outside to collect any proper personal reconnaissance.

It's times later in the year, like 16.May or 30.July, when there's no excitement about any future or recently past festivities that reform should be planned.

And once a plan is formulated, the deployment of that plan must be effective immediately. Any delay between planning and execution shall surely result in failure.

I'm all for reform and progressive thinking on a personal scale. Within the next year, I plan on paying off my student loans. A lofty goal, to be sure, but I am certain I can do it.

If I waited until next January to make this decision, I will have thrown away an awful lot of money on hookers and booze and other wanton earthly pleasures, not to mention the outrageous financing fees accrued by my lender, and lost thousands of dollars in the process.

And last January, I had no idea that I'd be in the position of even thinking about paying off my student loans by the end of calendar '03.

But let's not get gung-ho about this whole rescheduling resolution launch thing. The last thing we want to do is set a date where everyone who resolves to do (or not do) anything for a better quality of life. That would place us precisely where we started.

Instead, I challenge anyone who will to pick an objective whenever it strikes your fancy and then immediately put it into action.

Hmmm, I'm getting a bit pudgy. I should stop drinking so much soda. I'll start that plan next week.


Hmmm, I'm getting a bit thick around the middle. I know soda's not healthy, so I'm drinking water from now on. By the time New Year's rolls around, I should be about 175 lbs. thinner.

Unrealistic, but a great start. I'll see you after the holidays.

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