Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. –Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

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I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I mean, what is there about a resolution on New Year’s day that couldn’t just as well, if not better, be undertaken any day — like today? For example, if you’re a couch potato with overlapping buns, why wait until January 1 to start dieting and exercising?

Or, if you’re a nine months pregnant woman, why would you wait until a January 1st due date, when you could get to work now on producing a tax deduction for this year? Time is money! Really — which do you believe is more likely to deliver the goods: the title of this post, or the title of this song:

Still not convinced? Consider these pearls of wisdom; they won’t make you more resolute, but this article is too short for me to stop now (or it would be, if I were getting paid by the word):

New Year’s Day is now the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. –Mark Twain

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. –Oscar Wilde

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. –Anonymous

New Year’s resolutions should be taken with a grain of salt — and two aspirins. –Evan Esar

A man and his resolution are soon parted. –Evan Esar