How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year?

According to StatisticBrain.com, about 45% of Americans usually make a resolution.

The percentage that keep their resolutions is, however, much smaller. Only about 8% are ultimately successful keeping their resolution, but 49% report “infrequent success.”

But if you have goals in mind for the year, you’re better off making a resolution. People who make explicit resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t.

So, what can you do to make it more likely that you’re part of that lucky 8%?

Turns out, there’s an app for that. The New York Times website has a round-up of top Android and iOS apps to help remind you of your resolutions.

BusinessInsider.com also lists 10 ways to lose weight using an iPhone and 10 ways to save money with your smartphone.

And if your resolution is related to health or fitness, Techcrunch.com has a nice round-up of gadgets and apps that can help you achieve your goals.

In addition to apps and gadgets, there’s also plenty of helpful advice about keeping your resolutions on the Internet.

Forbes.com lists 5 of the top resolutions that typically don’t work (dieting, quitting smoking, etc.) and offers related strategies that do work. The site also has an insightful article on why New Year’s resolutions don’t stick and how you can overcome those obstacles.

Bankrate.com offers this helpful list of 9 ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions, which includes proper motivation, specific goals, a concrete plan with steps to follow, goal visualization, and more.

BusinessInsider.com offers tips and links to additional resources and apps for 11 of the most common New Year’s resolutions.

If you haven’t made a resolution yet, don’t worry. You can still make and keep one for the year. The most important factor in determining your success isn’t the exact date you start, but how prepared you are to make a change.

And just in case your resolution was to find a faster Internet connection 😉 here’s where you can search for all the EarthLink high-speed Internet services available in your area.

Good luck. And Happy New Year!

Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Plan for Success with your New Year's ResolutionsFirst, Happy New Year!

We hope you had a great celebration to ring in 2012 and we look forward to blogging with you throughout the year.

New Year’s Resolutions may be simple to make but they are frustratingly hard to keep. Whether your goal is to lose some weight, stop smoking, control your anger, create a new job resume, or learn a new skill, these common, general tips can help you increase the odds of success.

1. Be specific – know exactly what you want to do or not do
2. Be realistic – set achievable goals so you don’t give up in frustration
3. Be flexible – don’t set all-or-nothing rules that don’t give you any wiggle room
4. Make one change at a time – trying to change too many things at once can mean all fail
5. Make a plan – make sure you map out how to reach your goals
6. Set expectations – expect problems and slow progress so you’re ready for it
7. Stay positive – frame failures as temporary setbacks or challenges and keep going
8. Be active every day – try to do one thing each day to contribute to your goals
9. Get support – tell family or friends to get social support

Here are some additional tips to help you keep your resolutions from Lifehacker.com,
the Mayo Clinic, GoodHousekeeping.com, and Forbes.com. The federal government’s USA.gov also has a good collection of online resources to help you with the most popular resolutions.

If you didn’t make a resolution yet, don’t fret. I’ll give you permission to read these tips and start now. And if you still don’t feel like changing anything, you’re not alone. Here’s an article about people who are defiantly holding onto their vices, resisting change.

And here’s one more link: just in case your goal was to upgrade to a faster high-speed Internet connection.

Good luck with all your goals in 2012!