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4 Resolutions for 2007: You Can Do It

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Put These Things Off Until 2008

When there seems to be no rest for the (female) weary, take heart: You have our permission to place all of the following things on the proverbial back burner -- hopefully there's room.

Put Off: Reading as many self-help books as possible.

The self-help genre published nearly 3,300 titles in 2005, accounting for more than 10 percent of all book sales. The next time you need a therapeutic hit, it will be available -- in spades. Pick one title for now.

Put Off: Scoring the perfect guy and having a baby before age 30.

So don't worry if it's not in the cards for you -- yet. "Dear God, I didn't even know that was supposed to be one of my dreams," says 24-year-old Julia Allison, "The Dating Life" columnist for AM New York.

Put Off: Studying your MP3 player manual.

Why, why, why torture yourself? Instead, ask a friend to help you get the hang of your new gizmo. Says Double Agent Matthew Dworkin of Best Buy's famed Geek Squad, "Those booklets are usually written for more tech-savvy audiences." You'll have more fun if a tech-savvy friend helps you.

Put Off: Washing your dog weekly.

Unless it's an absolute must, who needs the suds, the splashing, and the soggy fur? After all, it's not like he's headed to a cocktail party!

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2007.


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