1. Find a serviceable pen and a sheet of paper. Easier said than done in our household , where any form of writing tool has either dried up or been stashed in a school pencil case.
2. Pour yourself a good measure of your favourite wine, brandy etc. (this step should be left out if giving up alcohol is one of your Resolutions)
3. Grab a piece of Christmas cake or some chocolate (again, this should be treated with caution if weightloss is about to go on your list)
4. Find a comfortable chair or sofa and clear any debris left over from last nights revelries or even Christmas partying (in this instance, it might be worth considering keeping up with the household tidying as a possible Resolution).
5. Tell everyone that you must not be disturbed under pain of death. Demands for food, queries about lost garments and requests to be chauffeured to friend’s houses should be met with a forceful negative reaction (if done convincingly this could gain you at least a few minutes peace).
6. Sit back, relax and possibly close your eyes (you should be careful about this step if you have had a heavy night, but it can be justified if Taking up Meditation is on your list).
7. If partners sidle into the room with suggestions of chores that need doing, take the opportunity to start a very useful Resolution and begin delegating immediately.
8. Consider carefully how much effort a Resolution may require. Vague statements such as “I will eat more healthily” are preferable to concrete commitments such as ” I will give up chocolate”.
9. Make sure your list of Resolutions is for your eyes only, so partners or children cannot question your commitment to anything on the list at a later date.
10. And finally, if all this sounds too much like hard work, make a Resolution to do the list tomorrow, after all no one need know and you can use the few minutes you have gained to catch up on any lost sleep!
Happy New Year!!