It’s 2009! The ghosts of the old year have been driven away. Time to start anew – fresh and clean! Are you ready?
So have you been able to keep your New Year’s resolutions of the last year? If not, did you make wise resolutions for the New Year?
You likely already have all the knowledge and tools required to keeping resolutions. All it takes is an idea of how to use that and the motivation to start.
If you’re uncertain about where to start and have a bad record of breaking New Year’s resolutions from previous years, let us show you how it can be done. After all, you don’t want to end up doing it like this guy:
Making Good Resolutions and the Right Attitude
If you need some help in making wise resolutions and setting your mind right to sticking to them, I recommend reading the articles How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions and 10 Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions on eHow and About.com, respectively. Briefly, they recommend to…
be realistic and aim low
keep the number of resolutions down, don’t overload yourself
plan ahead and outline your plan
tell everyone you know, so they can remind you
when in danger of failing, make a pros and cons list for motivation
keep talking about your resolutions
track your progress
don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, some failure is OK
make an effort to stick to your resolutions
wait until spring for making resolutions
keep trying and start anew anytime of the year
As a regular reader of MakeUseOf you have all the necessary tools at your fingertips. But a ton of tools is roughly a ton too much. So let’s focus on a few good tools to keep you at your heels.
HassleMe will constantly send eMail reminders at random intervals, so you never know when the reminder will pull you out of your mental nap.
With Resnooze you can set up daily, weekly or monthly eMail reminders for recurring tasks. Of course it can serve as a reminder service for keeping your New Year’s resolutions. In each eMail you can edit the frequency or delete the reminder.
Remindr can send simultaneous reminders on Twitter, Jabber, GTalk, your eMail and cell phone. Very simple to set up, however it has to be set up again and again.
Track Your Progress
Qwitter will help you quit smoking. On the website you can track how many cigarettes you are smoking each and every day, keep a journal to record your state of mind, view your progress and share the experience with others.
The great thing about Qwitter is that it’s fully integrated with Twitter. A Twitter account is actually required to sign into Qwitter. So you can easily hook up with your friends and have them motivate you.
If your resolution is to eat better and work out, Gyminee is for you. Gyminee provides workout programs, you can track your workouts, monitor your diet, keep a food diary, meet people who are doing the same and track your progress, for example on your iPhone and pass challenges until you reach your goals.
If you want to eat better and lose weight, you should have a look at this website. During the sign-up process you can select in which units (American, British, Metric) your progress will be measured, also your current weight and height, goal weight and time frame will be recorded. Finally, you can choose motivators by entering the names and eMail addresses of up to 3 friends or family members.
When that is done you can track your activities, the food you had during the day, your weight, keep a log and reframe your goals. Your progress is relentlessly recorded in pretty graphs.
Will you stick to your New Year’s resolutions this year? Let us know whether you already made it last year and how you made it!