It’s New Years Day, which means everyone’s promptly forgetting that last year was, well, literally just a day ago, and resolving to eat healthier, or work out more or whatever. But we’re a bunch of nerds round here, so while you might have those kinds of resolutions too: have you got any related more to your nerdy hobbies? As someone who already did the whole health kick thing last year and now am just focusing on sticking to it, my only resolutions this year were more specific to my geeky tastes. Here’s what I’m hoping to do in 2019: Start reading manga regularly. The nature of my job at io9 means that I read a lot of comics from all over the place every week anyway, but following manga has been something I’ve let fall by the wayside as work-reading prioritised itself over pleasure-reading. Getting into the My Hero Academia anime last year lead to me picking up every English volume of the manga, and between that and Weekly Shonen … [Read more...] about Open Channel: Do You Have Any Nerdy New Years Resolutions?
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I am, to be clear, a believer in the power of putting arbitrary constraints on yourself in order to achieve something. It’s why I make to-do lists (and write “make to-do list” at the top of the list, for an immediate hit of accomplishment), why I demand deadline even when writing an evergreen story and why I agree self-improvement doesn’t just manifest itself out of thin air without a little bit of nudge from an app or a calendar or some sort of Black Mirror drone with axes for fingers that literally chases you out of bed to start your morning run. I am also, however, a complete skeptic of schemes that are doomed to fail: the friend who keeps getting back with that boyfriend they’ve already broken up with six times before, gimmick diets that don’t involve eating vegetables, seeing any more of the Alien sequels. I am an avowed hater of New Year’s resolutions for that reason: they are all doomed to fail and everyone knows it. This is in part … [Read more...] about Start Your New Years Resolutions in April, Not January
Start the Countdown While you're partying this New Year's Eve, why not make some resolutions you might actually keep? Cultura/DUEL/Getty Images Making an annual list of New Year's resolutions is a venerable tradition. By some accounts, it dates back to the ancient Romans, who customarily made a show of promising the god Janus that they would behave better over the next 12 months than they had in the past 12 [source: Huchison]. But while Janus was the patron deity of new beginnings, he also provided a convenient excuse. If a citizen of Rome didn't actually follow through with his various self-improvement vows, he could always shrug it off by explaining that it was Janus' will [source: Chicago Institute]. Then, presumably, he could just go on gorging himself at banquets or betting excessively on gladiator fights. Sounds familiar? A couple of millennia later, we're pretty much doing the same thing that the Romans did. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology … [Read more...] about 10 New Year’s Resolutions You Might Actually Keep
If you find yourself making the same resolutions year after year but rarely achieving them, you’re not alone. See more U.S. holiday pictures. © Catherine Lane/Getty Images Thirty-five percent of us who make New Year's resolutions break them by the end of January. And only 23 percent of everyone who makes a resolution will see it through to completion [source: FranklinCovey]. Are you part of the 77 percent who make resolutions only to find you've given up before you ever really got started? Let's break down how that happens. One of the most common reasons we break our New Year's resolutions is that we get a little overzealous when we make them and we over-commit. And as a result, 40 percent of us blame our busy schedules for our lack of follow-through [source: FranklinCovey]. It's easier to keep just one resolution rather than several. Another part of the problem is that we often make the wrong resolution (or more than one wrong resolution). The key to successful … [Read more...] about Why Are New Year’s Resolutions So Easy to Break?
We love to make New Year's resolutions even if we seldom keep them. Why's that? Peter Dazeley/Photographer's Choice /Getty Images Every New Year's Eve, I write a list of resolutions. Some are practical (whiten teeth), while others are a bit of a stretch (write best-selling novel). These promises to myself run the gamut -- from physical to mental, possible to improbable -- but all have one thing in common: They serve as my own personal road map for the next 12 months. And I'm not alone. The concept of creating New Year's resolutions is so ingrained in U.S. culture that the government even has a list of popular resolutions and resources for achieving them. It's a baker's dozen of good intentions, including: drink less alcohol, eat healthy food, get a better education, get a better job, get fit, manage debt, manage stress and recycle [source: Federal Citizen Information Center]. Additional research backs up these claims. According to a 2011 Marist University poll, "losing weight" … [Read more...] about Why do people make New Year’s resolutions?