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How to keep new year delusions

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'I will answer the planning supervisor's letters before he threatens criminal charges.'

'I will stop smoking, or at least buy my own rather than endlessly cadging them from the year-out student who is too scared to complain.'

'I will put clients' interests ahead of an easy life.'

Have you broken your new year's resolutions yet?

Resolutions are always unsustainable - if you actually wanted to do these things, you would be doing them anyway. You are who you are.

You don't want resolutions from planning supervisors to live dangerously, or from QSs to show some initiative, rather than phoning you about everything from the colour of tile adhesive to the strength of their trouser elastic.

An accountant does not resolve that this year, for a change, they fleece the treasury good and proper. Nor does a lawyer decide that, only now, will they start charging you for time spent quaffing claret, being indiscreet about your case. They do these things already and enjoy them - that is why they do the job and why we think we are better than they are.

We are wrong, of course, but it is too late to back down now. We just have to pin our hopes on other people being similarly deluded. Carry on neglecting boring tasks - people might think what we do is interesting. Be unhealthy and mean - it comes across as Bohemian. Sod clients - they don't understand our genius.

Forget the pay rise - we are artists, above mere financial motivation. It works fine with Marie Claire readers. They think architects are sensitive but still know how to put up shelves, and they love us for it (sorry girls). What kind of recognition is better? Today, impressionable teenage girls, tomorrow the world.

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