I think of the Chinese New Year as another crack at New Year’s resolutions for those who procrastinate. This includes all of us because after all, we all put something off. Though we’ve paid the bills, got enough insurance, fed the kids and bought the groceries, we may not have kept in touch with all of our friends, stuck to the best diet, become as fit as we can be and exhausted our bucket list. There’s always something we should or want to do but somehow never find the time.
Of course, some are better at putting things off than others. Married men tend to have longer procrastination lists. That’s not because they are any less organized or capable than anyone else. When someone else is adding extra duties to your to-do list, it’s harder to take ownership and commit to those extra tasks.
That’s not unlike the fate of many “doctors’ orders.” When we set goals that a patient doesn’t embrace, we shouldn’t expect them to achieve them. What would you do if someone who doesn’t live in your home tells you to lose a few inches, exercise more, take some new pills and give up your favourite pleasures?
Coming up: What is your resolve?