With 2011 just around the corner, many people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions.
But those people probably aren’t Hunch users.
That’s right — 74% of Hunch users don’t even bother making resolutions. We’re not sure if they’ve failed to lose weight or complete their novel too many times, or they just feel that New Year’s resolutions aren’t the best way of making and meeting goals.
But there are a few Hunchers who still make goals at the dawn of a new year. Female Hunch users are more likely to make resolutions they don’t keep. Males are less likely to make resolutions; but if they do, they stick with them.
Regular smokers report making resolutions they can’t keep and forgoing resolutions altogether at about the same rate of 15%. We’re guessing they can’t quit smoking.
Speaking of vices, previous success curbing a bad habit positively correlates with the desire to meet goals via New Year’s resolutions. Of the few, the proud, the resolution keepers, 38% have long given up the worst habit they ever had, and 51% are trying their hardest to quit their worst habit. (Alas, no word on what these worst habits are or whether or not hypnosis was involved).
It looks like Hunch users who make resolutions — especially those who keep them — are more likely to have some semblance of a five-year career plan. This goes to show that resolutions alone do not achieve goals, which we already knew. People who already make plans and achieve goals enjoy planning to achieve more goals.
When we think of typical New Year’s resolutions, a few come to mind: lose weight, quit smoking, save money… So the top 10 resolutions on Hunch came as a surprise:
Could they be more vague? With resolutions like this, who needs pipe dreams?
These goals are all well and good, but they’re not going to be accomplished without a more concrete plan. Who better than Hunch to recommend your next steps? Here are the same resolutions with some ideas for following through:
Try some new card games
Be the classic film buff you were born to be
Take a vacation
Practice a hobby
Eat dessert (before dinner, if you want)
Find a water bottle you can carry with you
Try a water filter if tap water skeeves you out
Consider playing drinking games with water (just kidding)
4. Be healthy
Eat more veggies
Cultivate healthier eating habits
Let me count the ways…
Try a sleep aid
Consider switching up sleep spots
Or maybe you just need a better mattress
7. Help others
Support a good cause
Do a good deed
Get a nice camera
You might want a bag for it
Update your avatars and profile pics
Share your pictures online (Flickr’s an option)
Some more Mr. Nice Guy
Make people laugh with good-natured jokes and pranks
10. Reduce stress
Explore the many ways to de-stress
Get a massage
Read funny blogs
However you make and achieve goals, we wish you luck in 2011.
Happy New Year from Hunch!