Some of us already have it all figured out: lose weight, clean the closets, watch less television and spend more time with the kids.
Others have sworn off New Year's resolutions entirely.
And there are those of us who fall in between we'll probably make one or two today that we're sure to keep . . . NOT!
"I don't know that it's human nature to make resolutions," says Dr. Frank DeSalvo Jr., director of Kansas University's counseling and pschological service. "The part of it that is human nature is the ending and the beginning. There is that natural breaking point where folks try to put some unpleasantness behind them and look at more pleasant things for the future. Institutions do it all the time; they call it goals and objectives."
SOME PEOPLE like to plan ahead and have definitive goals, while others are less likely to put much time and effort into it, DeSalvo said.
"I'm one of those unstructured ones. I haven't thought about it," he said. "I made one last year not to make New Year's resolutions."
Meanwhile, a trip through downtown Lawrence on the last afternoon of 1991 turned up a few resolutions among the shoppers and shopkeepers.
"I think I'm going to spend less time working and more time with my family," said Ernie Cummings, owner of Kizer-Cummings Jewelers, 833 Mass., who has a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.
"As a small-business person, I spend a lot of time and late hours working. I'm going to just enjoy the kids," he said.
Jim Bateman, who co-owns the Yarn Barn, 918 Mass., with his wife, Susan, hadn't come up with a personal resolution as of Tuesday afternoon.
"And I probably won't," he said. "Economically, I hope business will be up in '92."
FINANCES for the upcoming year also were on the mind of Angie Tryon, Lawrence.
"I'm going to work two jobs because I want to get my house in shape," Tryon said.
Kim Miller, a Lawrence teenager, said she had several resolutions, but only wanted to reveal one: "One of them is to make my grades better and to bring them up from where they were before."
Two former Lawrence residents, Scott and Sue Moore, now of Overland Park, had several:
"Get our bills paid off. Buy a house," Scott said.
"Buy a house," echoed Sue.
"Buy a house," her husband repeated.
"Pay off our remaining college debt," Sue said.
"Start on another baby," said Scott.
"Work on child number two," said Sue. "And we're going to Christmas shop in Lawrence next year. There are too many things we didn't get time to do."
SALLY SHEEHAN, Tecumseh, said she was getting ready to start student teaching in Topeka.
"So I'm getting ready to start the year to do the best I can for the kids," she said. "We're going to have a good optimistic year. It's going to be great."
Rosie Burmeister, Lawrence, had more of a philosophical resolution: "Just to try to do the best, in any way I can, to make Lawrence a better community."