Tips on how to avoid 'resolution fatigue'

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It’s been said promises are made to be broken, and perhaps none are broken more often as our plans to live a little differently in the new year.

But there’s another foolproof path to keeping your 2011 resolutions: don’t make any.

While the dawn of a new 365 days leads some to clean out their pantries to make way for that new diet or dust off that first novel they never quite finished, all too often those plans are postponed or even abandoned altogether.

So what’s to blame for why we’re so quick to dump our resolutions? Amelia McDonnal Perry, editor in chief of, tells KFWB’s Maggie McKay it’s all about keeping it simple — and specific.

Some of the top resolutions warns against making in 2011:

  • Finding true love — it may not be as simple as a mouse click away, but sometimes romance simply comes down to playing the odds. Try increasing the number of people in your social circle, and love may just find you.
  • Losing that extra holiday heft — instead of obsessing over a few pounds that may not even be noticeable once they’ve been shed, why not instead focus on working out to increase muscle mass or even transforming your diet altogether. Not only will you look better, but your heart may lighten up as well.
  • Have a baby — OK, so maybe it’s easier said than done, but instead of fixating on biological or financial hurdles that are often beyond our control, why not resolve to plan for a baby, with all that decision entails: financial planning, health management etc. This may relieve family pressure while giving you a concrete goal towards which you can work.

And who knows? Maybe by the time you keep a resolution or two, you may figure out it’s time for a whole new set.

Check out for the entire list.

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