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What women wish men would do in 2006

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Originally Published:20051227.

With the countdown to 2006 nearing, asked women: if you could choose a New Year's resolution for your mate, what would it be? The answer: be more romantic with 27 percent of the vote, followed by lose weight with 18 percent and stop smoking with 10 percent. Popular write-in answers included stop snoring, stop being a liar, get a real job and grow up and go away. As for the women, it was no surprise that lose weight came in at the top of the resolutions list with 24 percent of the vote, followed by exercise more with 20 percent. But resolution Nos. 3 and 4, each with 16 percent of women's votes, were an unexpected manage my money better and be more organized. And rounding out the top five resolutions for 2006 with 11 percent was improve my career.I'm surprised and encouraged by the 16 percent of women who want to get their finances in order in 2006, said editor in chief Pam Little. Too often this goal gets overlooked - but this year it seems that, in addition to physical health, women are making a positive shift toward improved financial health as well. The survey also revealed New Year's resolutions are popular this year - four out of five women have made a 2006 resolution. This is up from just 56 percent who claim to have made such a resolution last year. Of those who made resolutions last year, most (22 percent) kept them for three to six months, while one in five stuck with it for the whole year. A weak-willed 10 percent held on for less than one week.So why the resolution difficulties? Of those who fell off the wagon, 37 percent claim the reason is that they lost motivation while 22 percent didn't have enough time to devote to it and 15 percent experienced too much temptation.But while most women are on top of their vows for the New Year, when it comes to men, there leaves much to be desired. According to women, only 14 percent of their significant others made a resolution last year, and of those just 15 percent actually kept them.Women tend to examine their personal and professional lives and use the New Year as a reason to make positive changes in their lives, said Little. Men, however, seem to have a different strategy. Launched in 2003, is a source for expert information on finances, career, balancing family and work, inveting and saving for retirement.

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