I tried a New Year's resolution once, and I didn't like it. But you know what they say, if you keep trying something, eventually you get a taste for it. That's how I started liking whisky—that stuff tastes horrible until you get used to it.
A this time of year everyone is looking at the New Year, but not many people are talking about their last year's resolution, partly because I'm sure 80% of people failed by the end January 2016 (that's a bonafide Andy Smith statistic).
I mean, yes, everyone has complained about how bad 2016 was. Because of all those celebrity dying and Brexit and Trump. Almost everyone anyway.
I generally join the 80% of first month failers, and never really look back on them, however in 2016 I actually managed to keep one.
In October 2015, I decided to quit smoking for the umpteenth time. This time I managed to remain quitted until the new year, 3 months and I did it cold turkey. I therefore for made it a New Year's resolution to maintain that quitting attitude. And I succeeded! I didn't smoke at all in 2016. I am super happy about this, it's saved me thousands of dollars that have clearly gone elsewhere because I can't find them, and my health has skyrocketed.
This year my main NYR is to get out of debt (I was getting close, until I splashed out on my new bike) and get a healthy $5k of savings behind me. Budgeting needs to therefore improve!