There’s the tendency with resolutions to want to overhaul everything at the same time. Something snaps, and so you take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror and think, “I’ve got to do something about this,” gesturing vaguely at your under-eye bags and bitten-down nails. Enjoyable as it is to think about how much better life will be once you’re healthy, productive and organized, overhauling everything all at once requires more willpower than it’s possible to maintain. In the 2011 book, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, authors Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney suggest that willpower is a limited resource. Trying to resist one temptation drains self-control for subsequent tests of mental strength. The righteous fervor of a long list of resolutions may This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.