2013 New Year– Resolutions & You

December 31, 2012 2:50 pm

Sure it has now become a meaningless routine that is forgotten two months into the New Year. But nevertheless you’re not considered as somebody serious about life unless you sit down before a fresh new dawn, reflect back on the year that was and jot down some resolutions for the one ahead.

It is easy to judge a person based on his resolution, as most people resolve to change the one thing about themselves that they missed most during the past year. Thus making ‘Losing Weight’, ‘Spending more time with family’ and ‘Doing Something Exciting’ (be it bungee jumping, skydiving or swimming with sharks) some of the most popular resolutions people make year after year.

In fact, in a recent survey conducted by Qatar Chronicle, more than 70% Asians listed ‘Finding more time for loved ones/family’ as a prioritised resolution. And a massive 66% consider themselves overweight and list Fitness associated activities among their resolutions.

The pressures and monotony of modern life is another factor influencing resolutions with 45% of people wanting to travel more and/or be more adventurous. Followed by 33% who wanted to ‘Kick the Habit’ ( i.e.; get rid of an addiction), common among them smokers  and alcoholics.

12 % of the respondents listed ‘Getting More Organized’ as a resolution and 10% wanted to ‘Learn/Read more’

In addition 7% listed ‘Getting out of Debt/Better Employment’ as a resolution although this varies from country to country from over 35% in most developing and poor nations to a meagre 0.9% in our Qatar.

Listed below are some of the most popular resolutions for 2013…And although my personal pledge of writing more human interest stories for Qatar Chronicle doesn’t make the list; a long time wish to ‘travel the world’ finds its place among the top ten !

  1. Spend time with family
  2. Reconnect with old friends
  3. Lose weight
  4. Go on an adventure (Extreme sports, Sky diving and bungee jumping most popular among them)
  5. Operation ‘Six Pack’ (Men) /Mission ‘Size Zero’ (Women)
  6. Quit Smoking
  7. Travel the World
  8. Get more organized
  9. Party More
  10. Spend less time on Facebook
  11. Get a Job/Change Jobs
  12. Save more money
  13. Stay away from alcohol
  14. Get out of Debt
  15. Watch less TV
  16. Master Photography
  17. Contribute to charity
  18. Read more often
  19. Re-decorate home/office
  20. Learn a new skill
  21. Do one good deed everyday
  22. Buy a dream car/home
  23. Find my Soulmate
  24. Call more often than Text/Message
  25. Revamp my wadrobe

So wish you a Happy New Year, Dear Readers from all of us here at Qatar Chronicle…. And don’t forget to post your resolutions on our forum.

Bye…see you next year :* Mwuaaah!

About the Author

Aani Fatimah Khatoon is the Associate editor of Qatar Chronicle. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. A passionate feminist and ardent writer. She pens articles on public interest issues and happenings across the world.

6 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dyllis Hughes December 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Good article. To read more often is one of my resolutions as well. And Qatar Chronicle is definitely a good start.

  2. Peter Westborough December 31, 2012 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    I like Aani Fatimah’s features on QC

  3. Mohammad Kabir December 31, 2012 at 5:26 PM - Reply

    reconnecting with ffrenz, partyin mor, quitin smokin, adventure & six pax….hey i got ol of em in top10 woohoo

  4. Hasina Abdul Kaif December 31, 2012 at 5:30 PM - Reply

    my resolution is to complete my post graduation. not very ambitious, i know. but have my hands full with studies

  5. Iqbal Hossein December 31, 2012 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    “Hit the steel when it is hot. Because you can form it right away.” -Ancient Qatari Proverb. I believe New Year is the best opportunity to make a fresh start. Gonna definitely stick to my resolutions this year.

  6. musafir tanin ali January 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM - Reply

    excellent writing

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