You swore this was the year you’d stick to those resolutions, but that jumbo tin of caramel popcorn and comfy couch are calling your name. Join the club: About 40 percent of Americans make a life-enhancing vow on January 1—and half “relapse” within the first 21 days. How to sail through that critical launch period and keep on going? Start with these five no-fail strategies.
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Many a resolution have failed simply because they were expressed too vaguely. So rather than saying, for instance, “I will be more organized,” try, “I’ll spend 15 minutes of each day de-cluttering part of one room,” advises executive coach M.J. Ryan, author of This Year I Will.... Likewise, in lieu of “I want to lose weight,” shoot for “I plan to drop 1 pound a week by cutting out late-night snacking.” Hoping to eat in more often? Commit to whipping up a home-cooked meal just three nights a week.