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The New Year is approaching, and that means New Year resolutions, which will all be broken by January 2nd. Seriously though, we want you to follow through on your resolutions, become new and improved, and lead a happier and more productive life.

To that end, we have found 5 sites which will help you and inspire you to improve your life, make smart goals 5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Goals 5 Critical Mistakes To Avoid When Setting Goals Goal setting is a great way to cut down on procrastination and boost productivity. If you don’t have goals, you don’t have direction. Without direction, it’s easy for you to feel lost and confused. Fortunately,... Read More , and make a new you. Don’t say we are never good to you.

The Happiness Project

Everyone wants to be happy. Whether that means finding that special someone, becoming a parent, or living the life of a rock star (with the bank account to boot), everyone has their own idea of happiness and how to attain it. However, many people are unhappy and are not sure how to turn things around.

“The Happiness Project” is a book written by Gretchen Rubin, in which she attempts to become more happier for at least a year. This is the accompanying website that promotes the book, but the website can also be used independently of the book. The blog gets you to write your own commandments, your life rules, your secrets of adulthood that you have discovered growing up, your manifesto, and much more. These are meant to be fun, thought-provoking exercises, that are meant to help you analyze your life, create new beliefs and philosophies, and help you discover what kind of person you want to be. You can also start your own Happiness Project group.

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BucketList

It was the “Bucket List” movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman that started off the whole bucket list 100 Things to Do Before I Die: 6 Sites To Create Your Own List 100 Things to Do Before I Die: 6 Sites To Create Your Own List Read More craze. For those of you out of the loop, a bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket” (die). Personally my bucket list is a mile long and I have only just got started adding them to BucketList.org.

The fun thing about BucketList.org is that it is more of a social thing. You can invite family and friends to make their own lists, and you can follow other users. It’s the same as always — if you want to do something, you need some motivation and prodding up the backside. This site may be what you need.

Get Rich Slowly

There’s nothing worse than being in debt. I should know. You’re talking to the world master of being in perpetual debt. So why not resolve to make 2015 the year of better finances? The Internet abounds with websites that promise to help you with your finances, but I have always found “Get Rich Slowly” to be the most informative. Learn about the best banks to open an account with, the best credit cards with the lowest interest rates, the best places to move your utilities to, how to invest your money wisely, and much more.

The site is rather US-centric, which will deter people from other parts of the world, but there is still good solid information in there that can be applied to wherever you are.

Tim Ferriss (Four Hour Workweek)

Now that you have your finances sorted out, and you’re as happy as a pig rolling in mud, how about now reducing your work hours and having a better life overall? Tim Ferriss has been lecturing and writing about this topic for years, starting with the bestselling “The Four-Hour Workweek”, and then two sequels.

He does a podcast, as well as blogs about various topics such as productivity, health, and much more. My favourite category is the “Low Information Diet & Selective Ignorance” one. Just the name is enough to make you want to click on it to know more.

My Fitness Pal

And here was you thinking that you could get through this article without confronting the elephant in the room — exercise. Yes, New Year Resolutions always include “exercise more” and “go to the gym”. But do any of us actually do it? Hey, I’m not lecturing. I am no angel either. That’s why I got the Fitbit bracelet Kickstart Your Summer Fitness & Weight Loss With FitBit Kickstart Your Summer Fitness & Weight Loss With FitBit With summer approaching, many of us are starting to think a little more seriously about our weight. In particular, it's that time of year when people worry about how they'll look in those summer outfits.... Read More on my wrist and then signed up for My Fitness Pal (a recommendation by my fellow MUO colleague and all-round nice lady Angela).

Like BucketList, My Fitness Pal is a social website which motivates you to exercise and lose weight by competing against your friends. You can join support groups, form your own (the O’Neill “Eat Mars Bars While Running” group), connect your Fitbit account so the data is synchronized, and a lot more options than you can shake a stick at. Take a look, and if you want, friend me so you can show me how to really exercise.

So let’s make 2015 the year of ultimate improvement. Are you with me? Which resolutions sites do you want to use to make a better you? Let us see them.

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  1. GP Witteveen
    December 13, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks for the solid selection, here. In an age when "wow" and superlatives get the momentary attention of our roving minds, these online services/sources are worthy, indeed. Happy holidays friends at MakeUseOf!

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you for the wishes GP. Happy Holidays to you too.

  2. Buffet
    December 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    "more happier"???

  3. Dan.b
    December 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Am I the only one who was instantly inspired by piccard?

    That's all it should take.

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